JBS Strapline

….because every life matters

..because every life matters

Our Services

A funeral can be conducted in many ways - it can be in church, at a crematorium chapel or even at home - the decision is yours.
We are here to help.

Funeral Services

A funeral can be conducted in many ways – it can be in church, at a crematorium chapel or even at home – the decision is yours. We are here to help.
We are here to help you with all aspects of the funeral arrangements and we will do all that we can to make it easier for you.

When Death Occurs

We are here to help you with all aspects of the funeral arrangements and we will do all that we can to make it easier for you.
We have a long-established reputation for our memorial work and there are many examples of it in the Croydon area.
This service is run from our Selsdon office .

Memorials

We have a long-established reputation for our memorial work and there are many examples of it in the Croydon area. This service is run from our Selsdon office .
The links and information you need to pay tribute to someone gone but far from forgotten.

Obituaries & Donations

The links and information you need to pay tribute to someone gone but far from forgotten.

Testimonials

We firmly believe in treating people in the same way we would like to be treated and are often humbled by the many kind letters and cards we receive after carrying out a funeral

Here are a few of those kindnesses we have received:

  • Thank you for the care and attention

    Thank you for the care and attention you gave to me to make a difficult time easier.

    Mrs N (Croydon)
  • The Service was perfect

    Many thanks for all the help given over this difficult time. Your kind consideration helped us get through the day. The Service was perfect.

    Mr P (Caterham)
  • I will never forget

    You and your team made a difficult day pass without a hitch and one I will never forget.

    Mr R (Addiscombe)
  • Thank you so much for your patience

    Thank you so much for your patience, support & help in providing Dad with a lovely funeral.

    Mrs H (Croydon)
  • A beautiful send off

    Thank you for all your help with my mum's funeral and for giving her the beautiful send off she had always planned.

    Mrs B (Croydon)
  • Thank you so much for being so kind & thoughtful

    Thank you so much for being so kind & thoughtful with my uncles funeral arrangements. You conducted everything with such dignity & respect. Your kindness & gentleness touched the whole family.

    Mr P (Croydon)
  • You treated us with the upmost care & respect

    It felt more that we were being guided by a friend throughout. You treated us with the upmost care & respect making us feel like we were your most important customers.

    Mrs K (New Addington)
  • Your sympathetic and caring attitude

    Your sympathetic and caring attitude made a very difficult time much easier. We felt by the end that you had become a friend to us all.

    Mrs T (Biggin Hill)
  • A thoroughly faultless support

    Both my Mother and our family received your thoroughly faultless support & care, that displayed consideration and respect that we feel was beyond the call of duty.

    Mr A (Addiscombe)
  • Shakespeare was so professional

    Shakespeare was so professional, caring, helpful and above all respectful of all of us at this sad time.

    Mr L (Croydon)
  • We found JB Shakespeare to be consummate professionals

    We were pointed towards Shakespeare's by another Hindu family who had previously used them. We found JB Shakespeare to be consummate professionals presenting themselves with the utmost compassion and flexibility. Their staff were so helpful at this difficult time and guided the family expertly through every process.

    Reshi Ramlakhan

Our Staff

General Manager

Peter Bryant

General Manager
Funeral Director

Luke Dighton

Funeral Director
Funeral Conductor

Derek Mortimer

Funeral Conductor
Selsdon Manager

Tim Hussein

Selsdon Manager
Managing Director

Chris Dighton

Managing Director

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We offer a range of options from a bespoke service, including disbursements, costing around £3897, through to a simple funeral at £3047 inclusive of disbursements – third party costs.
    We also offer what we call a Respect Service for £1124 all inclusive. We understand some people don’t want an old fashioned funeral but would rather the body was cremated so that a life can be celebrated at another time free of funeral rites. This is a a direct to crematorium service to satisfy this need. This is STRICLY non-attendance.

  • We offer a 24 hour, 365-day service. If the death occurs at home or in a nursing home we will collect the person once the doctor has been. If it occurs in a hospital they have at hand facilities to look after the deceased. Call us and we will guide you through what happens next in terms of registering the death through to arrangements for the funeral.

  • There is no set time, We are here to carry out your wishes; so should you need the funeral in the next few days we will do all we can to make it happen. Conversely, if the funeral needs to be in several weeks time we can wait. The death has to be registered within 5 working days.

  • No. On most occasions we arrange someone to take the service be they a vicar, priest, hindu priest, humanist or celebrant. We will discuss your wishes and seek to fulfil them. We, of course, have extensive contacts in this area.

  • Yes. We will help the family and guide them through this hugely symbolic last act.

  • Yes. Coffins are cremated individually and contrary to popular myth the ashes are not a mix of that day’s cremations. Metal – from screws and pins used in the coffin – is sifted from the ashes.

  • No, not as a matter of course. There are incidences where it is necessary and we will advise you accordingly.

  • We can help with suggestions of venues and caterers to suit your needs, budget and location.

  • We ask for disbursements to be paid before the funeral as a deposit. For burials we ask for payment in advance. We do not ask for a deposit from families who have used us over the years. We offer £100 discount on all accounts – (except for the simple and respect packages) – which are settled within 30 days.

  • The wood for our coffins is sourced from trees endorsed by the fsc – the Forestery Stewardship Council. We promote green funerals – although the location of Croydon to green burial sites is slightly problematic – and aim in the future to replace any of our vehicles that are diesel-powered. We are very aware of our carbon footprint.

  • No. We are wholly and totally independent and fiercely proud of the fact. It means we are far more adaptable to the needs of our clients.

  • We are members of both the NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors) and SAIF (The Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors). We are also signed up to the fair funeral pledge and are recommended in the good funeral guide. Reputation and recommendation from people who have used our services in the past is the very lifeblood of our future.

  • We offer a repatriation services from £1,925 plus the cost of flight. This includes professional services, zinc lined coffin, embalming, hessian wrap, delivery to airport. Freedom of infection certification etc.

  • We are acutely aware that funerals cost a lot and the expense feels as it if has come out of the blue. We will always help you with arrangements that suit your budget and give sound advice. Claim forms for financial help are available in job centres. We scan also suggest alternative ways of fulfilling the wishes of a loved one who has died.

  • Yes. We sell Golden Charter plans. The money is paid into a trust and you pay today’s price for a funeral and in most instances that covers the costs in the future – be it needed in five, ten or 50 years. A pre-planned plan takes away financial worries and uncertainties for your family as well as making clear your wishes.

  • Memorials are sold from our Selsdon office on 020 8657 3616. We also have a dedicated memorial pages at www.jbsmemorials.co.uk differing rules cover cemeteries and graveyards so we can help guide you towards something suitable. In most cases memorials are not put on a grave until at least six months after the burial.
    We also have dedicated memorial pages .

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