At Chelsea Funeral Directors, we are proud to be the longest established family owned and run Funeral Directors in the Chelsea, Westminster and Fulham areas. We are able to serve families on a much wider scale, we have, on occasions, directed funerals in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and even overseas.
We strive to deliver a professional, respectful and personal service and we pride ourselves in offering traditional and modern funeral options with unparalleled levels of customer service.
Why you should choose Chelsea Funeral Directors
SINGLE MINDED DEVOTION. All our attention is concentrated on satisfying the needs of our friends and neighbours. We are flexible and responsive to your needs.
PERSONAL PRIDE. This is our business. Our neighbourhood is your neighbourhood. We take pride in our premises, vehicles and, and above all, our staff of whom we ask a lot because we know you expect a lot.
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT. More than meeting your present needs, we want to build a relationship of trust. Trust that means you’ll come back to us in the future, family to family, because just as you’ll still be here, so will we.
DEVOTED TO FAMILIES NOT JUST PROFITS. Large concerns answer to shareholders; we have no head office pressure to make profit other than is necessary to ensure our health, stability and long-term commitment. We answer to you and remain content that we will do best by serving you well.
KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL TRADITIONS. Funeral traditions vary, even around our small island. We know and appreciate local customs and expectations because we have served the local community for many years. Ignorance of such traditions can cause disappointment.
ALLIED TO HELP. We are proud to be members of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, the only professional organisation in the UK exclusively dedicated to serving the local Independent family-owned funeral director and their community. We actively promote and uphold their Code of Conduct.
Rest assured that 60% of funerals throughout the country are arranged by independents.
Losing someone you care about is one of life’s most difficult experiences. There are no easy answers when trying to help a bereaved family come to terms with their loss. Every situation is unique and people react in very different ways.
At Chelsea Funeral Directors, we believe we have an important responsibility to care for our families, not just by offering support during the funeral, but especially through the difficult days that may follow.
“I wanted to maintain a dignified personal Funeral Directors at a time when many small companies had been taken over by huge multi national groups.
We have an abundance of local knowledge and have served many families at their worst possible time with pride and care for many years. It is so important to allow families to have a funeral they feel best reflects the persons wishes, be it simple or something unusual, we will always endeavour to help you arrange a personal farewell.
For me excellence is the accumulation of seemingly inconsequential, minor and weightless details, yet if you gather them together lovingly and particularly alongside your teams intelligence, you can achieve excellence even in the saddest circumstances”.
Alun Stowell - Funeral Director
Alun began working in the funeral business in his late teens at a business located in the leafy Surrey countryside and by his early twenties was conducting funerals on a regular basis. After a seven year break during which Alun moved down to Devon and back again he now joins us at Chelsea Funeral Directors and is enjoying the contrast between working in London and a small village environment. Despite still getting to grips with the ways of city life Alun has many years of experience which he is able to utilise on a daily basis and ensure that families receive only the finest service and guidance through both the arrangement process and on the day of the funeral itself.
When not working Alun enjoys music (including playing the guitar), reading, watching Formula One motor racing and socialising with friends.
Johnny Bouchier - Funeral Director
Jonathan P. Eyre - Funeral Director
Jonathan P. Eyre is a native of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. An experienced funeral professional, Jonathan joined the staff at Chelsea Funerals in August 2018. For the past 10 years, he has worked for the Church of England as an organist and administrator. Jonathan has a caring approach to families, and is able to offer advice on a wide range of funeral traditions. Jonathan studied music at the University of Sheffield and is able to offer first-class care in the selection of music for religious and non-religious ceremonies.
Outside of work, Jonathan plays the organ and conducts choirs in the London area, and performs live organ soundtracks to silent films.
Jan Ives - Funeral Arranger (Westminster)
Ellie Stephenson - Funeral Arranger (Chelsea)
Vivien Moore - Funeral Arranger (Chelsea)
Vivien Moore grew up in Pimlico, and has lived there for many years. Prior to joining Chelsea Funeral Directors in November 2018, Vivien worked as an Attendance and Punctuality Manager at a school in Westminster. She has had a variety of jobs including a customer service role in local council offices, as an estate agent, and working for a record label, to name but a few.
She is the mother of four grown up children and is a devoted grandmother. Vivien is able to offer a professional , compassionate approach to caring for bereaved families, having worked in a pastorally focused role in education for over a decade and as a parent and grandparent.
In her spare time, Vivien enjoys going to the theatre, Spanish cuisine, and spending time with her family.
Ashley Hayhurst - Funeral Arranger (Chelsea)
Zoe Gaze - Funeral Arranger (Fulham)
Zoe Gaze, born in Camden and has spent most of her time in the borough since. Zoe joins Chelsea Funeral Directors after working with children with Autism as a Teaching Assistant, at a specialist school in London. It was in this role that she learned the value of listening to the needs of others without them having to express themselves verbally, a skill which she believes is invaluable in assisting the bereaved; “sometimes the loudest words come from the quietest voices”.
Zoe has two grown up sons, two granddaughters and is expecting another grandchild in the summer. Zoe is very family orientated, with a friendly and open demeanour. In her spare time, she loves to go on long walks and enjoy the outdoors.