Spring can be an emotional time for those who are grieving. Signs of new life, and people looking forward to the warmth of summer, can enhance feelings of loss. Your feelings do not change suddenly just because the seasons do.

Spring may be put ‘on hold’ for the moment. However there are things that can help during this season, including gardening and taking walks. It is a time of remembering, of beauty and sadness mixed.

Here at Crumpton Rudd Funerals we have recently moved into new offices at Kingsgate Church, right in the heart of Kingston. We have also been working with Revd. Bob Kimmerling at Vineyard Life Church, Richmond, by delivering training for new Community Chaplains, helping them when they are faced with questions from people in the community around funerals and bereavement.

Much of our recent work has been with Clandon Wood Natural Burial Ground who continue to provide a beautiful space and an inspirational setting for loved ones to return to.

We do understand that grief and bereavement affects everyone differently and can be a confusing time. If you have any questions regarding arranging a funeral, or bereavement please do not hesitate to contact us.


As we sit at our kitchen table this morning, reflecting on the changing colours of autumn, it reminds us of how the seasons affect us and our lives. We’re all different and some of us will look towards winter with dread while others will love the approaching changes in temperature, skies and clothing!  The same pattern occurs also in business where we are looking to change and expand Crumpton Rudd Funerals as we feel we are being lead. Sometimes we just have to stop, take a breath and try not to make the changes ourselves, but trust the comimg season will be one that we can explore and enjoy what comes, without worrying about what we think it should look like.

Our recent plan to open our own premises in Ham Village has hit the buffers and we will not be proceeding with that venture, but as disapointing as this decision was we feel that it was not ours to make and their are other plans afoot!  So….scary and exciting!  Pretty similar to how some of us will feel when the first snows of winter are forecast. We obviously are still caring for bereaved families, as we have for the last two years, and look forward to the coming changes that will enable us to be even more involved with our local communities.


Easter at Crumpton Rudd Funerals.  As we look back over this reflective Easter time and take time out of our busy lives,  we thank God for the amazing privilege we have in being able to provide support, advice, comfort and practical help in arranging funerals for three lovely families this week.

Easter can be a tough time for the bereaved.  Traditionally a time when families spend time together, the loss of someone special is particularly hard felt.

As commented by one of the families last week, “Firstly I wanted to convey our sincere thanks and gratitude for your gentle, sympathetic and kind manner in the arranging of our darling mother’s funeral.  Although a terribly difficult day, we were very pleased with her service and our farewell to her.  She deserved the best and more.  Now that the craziness of all the arrangements have passed, our time to process her passing and acceptance starts”.

Springtime in the park


As always, it’s lovely to receive feedback when we have helped families through this difficult time. Many thanks to these families for their comments:

“Good morning Rob and Kate,

A massive thank you for looking after me yesterday. The only words I can find to describe it was “spot on”.  The cemetery was beautiful in the spring sunshine, the robins were hopping about in the trees. Your attention to detail was impressive; the beautiful sunny weather shinning on that incredible chain driven 1906 Ford. Wow!

Most of all was the respect and dignitiy you had for Bill, a man you had never met, I knew he was in good hands with you Rob and that is priceless… Exactly how I wanted it, calm, cool and easy… spot on.

Most of all Rob is how the hell do you manage to combine dignity with humour. What a unique skill. I know I am a little quirky and have a naughty sense of humour but I couldn’t pull off dignity as well. My hat off to you sir.
It was lovely to meet Kate yesterday and I wish you both happiness and health for many years to come”.  Julia

“Yes, thanks indeed for your keen attention to detail and your extremely kind words” Richard, Joanne and families

“Rob, thank you so much for all your help and support, and for the lovely service and send-off you helped us give Andy on Friday.  We really appreciate your patience, time and compassion during a very difficult time”.  Kind regards, Lisa, Amy and Dom

“I just wanted to personally thank you for taking my grandad’s funeral, it was lovely and I know you were crazy busy at the time. I really appreciate it and you are a blessing to so many bringing peace and hope to those you meet. ”

“Dear Rob, with thanks for all your help and kindness during my mum’s funeral. We couldn’t have done it without you”. Best wishes, Amanda

“Dear Rob, thank you for the lovely service… Sincere thanks for making her send-off so beautiful. We, as a family took, and are still taking, a lot of comfort in the beautiful tributes that were made. Lots of people who attended have commented on how BRILLIANT the service was. Thank you”.  Jason