A. W. Court Funeral Directors are a privately owned, independent family run business offering the highest standard of care and facilities to those we serve in and around Kent.

For many, losing a loved one is an emotional experience that needs to be faced perhaps only twice in a lifetime. Yet at this moment of deepest grief some important decisions still need to be made. This is where the compassion, professionalism and community commitment of a SAIF independent funeral director can help to make this most difficult of times just that little bit more bearable.

Since 2001 A. W. Court has been under the ownership of West & Coe, a fully independent family owned and managed business that has served the community for over a century. As members of The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), we abide by a strict code of practice that provides further confidence in our professional service and approach.

Our premises offer full facilities for the care of your loved one, meaning they remain local to home, from the moment they come into our care until the day of the funeral. At the earliest stage possible you will deal directly with one of our experienced Funeral Directors who, if wished, will come to see you in the comfort of your own home and will advise and gently guide you through every aspect of the funeral arrangements, conduct the funeral on the day and assist with any further requirements. We believe this continuity of care is important. It gives you a reassuring familiar face at an often distressing and sometimes bewildering time.

Although the majority of the funerals we arrange are still very traditional, over recent years there has been an increase in families wishing for a more personalised funeral that reflects the loved one they have lost. Your allocated funeral director will assist you in making this possible in a number of ways ranging from, the coffin being carried by members of the family, members of the family being involved in the service, a bespoke design of coffin or floral tribute that may represent a favourite hobby, football team or sport. Or possibly just a particular piece of music that holds a special memory or significance. The options are endless. We will be very happy to help and guide you, in any request that you may have, to make your final goodbye a very special memory. Another area we have seen an increase in, is families wishing to arrange an environmentally friendly funeral. Again your allocated funeral director will be happy to discuss various options including woodland burial sites, coffins made entirely of natural products i.e. willow, seagrass, or bamboo and even wool.

At A. W. Court, we are one of only a few companies who offer male and female funeral directors. All staff are experienced with giving advice on matters such as registering a death, making the best arrangements, the many benefits of pre-paid funeral plans and bereavement support and advice.

Please visit the following pages to give you an idea on costs and disbursements.



In the words of our families

  • ‘We believe that Friday could not have been any better, you, Alastair and your guys at AW Court, have been fantastic throughout, Kathryn’s service was superb the way she protrayed Dad was spot on. I would, and will recommend all to anybody else that may need this type of service in the futute.’
  • ‘A short note, Alastair to say a ‘big’ thank you for all you did on the day of the funeral. Very professional and faultless’.
  • ‘I wanted to thank you for all that you did for Vera leading up to and including her funeral on Friday, both you and your company were kind, considerate and very professional. Everything went very smoothly and the church service itself was amazing, we could not believe all the butterflies flying over the coffin at the end. It was such a relief to have a company I felt complete trust in and to handle everything for me as I have been in a bit of a daze since mum passed away. I will certainly recommend your company if I am ever asked’.
  • ‘May I first thank you, Clifford and congratulate you on the excellent arrangements you made for Hazel’s funeral. Many people remarked to me how they admired the arrangements you had made.’
  • ‘My family and I would like to express our gratitude for the impecable arrangements that were made by Mark and his team, for my late husband’s funeral.’
  • ‘Mark and all involved. Thank you so much for all the care, dignity and support showed and given to mum and the family at the time of her sad loss and through to ‘Her’ day! Throughout the whole experience and occasion we could not have asked for more courtesy being given to mum and us as a family. Thank you so much, Sarena Smith and family’.
  • ‘I just wanted to drop you a line, Cliff, to say thank you so much to you and all of your team for taking such good care of Grandad’s funeral. The flowers you arranged for us were beautiful and a very fitting tribute. These things are always so tough, but I wanted to say how grateful I was for everything you did to make the day run smoothly. It means so much to me that we were able to say a final farewell in the way we did, he would have approved I think.’
  • ‘We met last Tuesday at my Fathers funeral, and I just wanted to thank you and your team for your professionalism, compassion and thoughtfulness that you have shown to my family and more importantly to my Mother, who has spoken very fondly of you and who really appreciates how you helped her through what has been a very dark period of time. I only me you at the Funeral, but again was really impressed wiht how you and your team carried out a horrible jos so thoughfully. In short please pass on my thanks to your team, and thank you for everything you have done for Mum to make this time easier for her, THANK YOU!!’.
  • ‘On behalf of all the Gore family and myself, I would like to thank all the staff at AW Courts and in particular yourself Alastair, for the professional and sensitive funeral arrangements for John’s funeral were excellent, and you certainly went ‘the extra mile’ to ensure his final journey was full of memories and a celebration of his life. Your support, thoughtfulness and care was greatly appreciated by myself, Jane and the family. Thank you!’.
  • ‘I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to you as you were so helpful and kind and professional throughout the entire process and thanks to you, Alastair, everything went very smoothly – it was good to know that you had everything under control and I didn’t have to worry about things at such an upsetting time’.
  • ‘Just a note to say thank you all at Courts for providing Kevin with the best possible farewell. Your personal service was so professional and you treated Kevin with dignity and respect. Best wishes to all your staff who looked after Kevin and ourselves’.
  • ‘Just a quick note to say, on behalf of Rita, Claire and myself, thank you and your team for the excellent service you all provided directing the funeral of Terry Manser. This was a difficult day for everyone, but it was made better by the faultless, professional and sympathetic service you provided’.
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SAIF Code of Practice

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Reputable funeral directors belong to an association or society, A.W. Court are members of The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors and are required to follow a strict code of conduct
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