Hello and welcome to our website. My name is Michael Lawrence and together with my son Robert, and funeral director’s Kim, Angela and Jo, we operate Family Funeral Service. We like to think we provide excellent levels of service.
The offices are in Barming and Bearsted, both in Maidstone, and the new office in Headcorn where I also now live with my wife Shirley.
I have been serving the families of Maidstone and the local villages, for the past 40 years. Having written that I now feel really old! However as an experienced third generation, family owned business we know how to concentrate on caring for your needs with commitment and understanding. Kim Angela and Jo, (and I have to be careful here as they are all obviously a ladies, and it is quite easy for us chaps to say all the right words in all the wrong places!)
Anyway these wonderful ladies have brought us a new dimension in the service we work hard to provide. Between us, and the other excellent staff behind the scenes, you can leave us to get the details right to the highest standards, and naturally – we’re proud members of the ‘National Association of Funeral Directors’. Amongst the “behind the scene staff” is my wonderful son Robert. He will be the boss one day and he makes us a third generation funeral directors. It’s so amazing having him with me. He has a lot to learn but he is learning very quickly! There is a picture of him in “our funeral directors and staff” looking excited about driving one of the old hearses (That one is long gone now!)
You will find Kim at Bearsted, Angela at Barming, and Jo at Headcorn. With me moving between the three offices. I really feel that they just want me out of the way, so that they can meet all the families, and conduct all the funerals. Just leaving me to wash the cars! Still I have to say they are a great team to work with, and I have enjoyed watching them blossom into truly caring funeral directors. (but please don’t tell them I said that)
Kim wearing something different!
We gladly offer a 24 hour personal service, and you can contact myself, or a member of my team by calling: 01622 260200 (Bearsted) or 01622 260210 for Angela (Barming).
With our experience of making funeral arrangements we have learnt how to help families have their own unique service. This personalised approach supports our clients through their process of bereavement, no two families are ever the same, and therefore no two funerals are either.
Please remember to navigate to the other pages on this website where you should find all the information you need regarding our services. We have included maps showing how to find us, and when you visit, we offer a warm welcome with ample and easy parking right outside the door, and tea or coffee almost on a drip as we drink so much of the stuff!
We’re easy to find, but if it’s difficult for you to visit, let us know and we’ll visit you at your convenience.
If you end up looking at the coffins, I have to tell you we only stock the Chiltern Oak coffin. If you would prefer something different, or more expensive we will happily order it for you, but think carefully, we would rather you put that extra towards the cost of a funeral plan. I know thats not a popular thing to say, however it would make it easier for someone to follow your wishes. Just a thought.
Thank you for visiting,Michael Lawrence