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

The Good Funeral Guide Nomination For Crumpton Rudd Funerals.

We are very pleased to announce that we have been nominated for ‘Best New promising Funeral Director’ award at ‘The Good Funeral Awards in September.
Not that we do what we do to get awards, this year has been the most rewarding and inspiring of my whole working life. I just love that we can help people at this time. There are nine other funeral companies nominated for the same award and some of them we know and they do amazing work, so although we may not win it’s nice to be amongst such company.


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

Natural Death Centre Charity recommendation

Well….. time is rushing past at the moment. We are so blessed and privileged to have been able to help seven families this month with funerals for their loved ones. Yesterday at Mortlake the service ended with a family friend playing a beautiful violin solo. A fitting finale to a loved Mum as she made her final journey. Thoughts and prayers for the family as they prepare to continue with their lives now. Mum will always be in their hearts and minds until they meet again.

Around mid December 2015 we received the news that we we had been accepted as a recommended funeral director on the Natural Death Centre charity website! We are so excited about this, if you’re unsure about what type of funeral you would like or what funeral director to use please look on their site, you’ll be well informed! We are also now part of the Green funeral directors Association which is again something that sits well with our hearts.






Christmas, a magical time for most but for some it can be a time of sadness. We fully understand this as our very first funeral as Crumpton Rudd was for an old friend of ours, Carol. So with this in mind our thoughts and prayers go out to all the bereaved families at this time.
May you find peace in your hearts and be surrounded by loving family and friends.

Love Rob and Kate.


Crumpton Rudd Funerals/Testimonies

It’s always our pleasure to help families and nice when we get some feedback as it lets us know we’re on the right track in how we carry out our funerals. Thanks to the lovely people for these recent comments.

Dear Rob
“I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to speak with you yesterday”
“Thank you so much for all your hard work, I was lost in your words, they were beautiful and sincere. Nothing makes sense at this time. I don’t know if it ever will. You should be so proud of how you comfort people at such a difficult time, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better”
Thank you Rob
Tina. 28/11/15

Hi Rob
“I would just like to thank you again for the wonderful service yesterday. I’m certain I speak for all the family when I say we couldn’t have asked for more and it was a privilege to hear your beautiful words spoken about Mum and Dad.
With heartfelt gratitude and sincere regards”
Steve. 28/11/15

Hello Rob.
“I would personnally like to thank you for the lovely service you gave for Mum and Dad.It was perfect in every way and we couldn’t have wished for a better person to speak for us all.I think we all done Mum and Dad proud and sure they are looking down at us all and thinking the same.
Thank you again”
Sue x 28/11/15

Hi Rob
” I’d just like to say a very thank you both for your services. Very impressed and the comments we have had from our very small gathering have been great. Everyone though how nice it was and for myself never having been to a funeral before found your guidance throughout the service from initial contact to the big day, invaluable. Wanted you both to knowhow appreciative we are for making our Mum’sfuneral a lovely day, running smoothly and to time. We have our white roses, candles lit and of course several toasts prepared to celebrate Mum’s life”
Many Thanks guys!
Kind Regards
The Fry family

I wanted to thank you for the most wonderful service. Everyone thought you were great (me included) and hit just the right notes.You have great skills for this job of yours where emotional intelligence is key.
Thanks again and for your patience.
Best Wishes
Dominique. 15/10/2015

Babies and Children’s Remembrance Service at Mortlake Crematorium

We were privileged to be asked to take the Babies and Childrens remembrance service at Mortlake Crematorium yesterday. As part of the service we all gathered in the new Waterbugs and Dragonfly’s childrens garden where we released a Dove with a blessing for each child represented.It was a very moving time and our hearts go out to all parents who have lost babies and children.