Spirit Fm says....."Visiting Louise and Darren for the first time we felt slightly apprehensive.  However, they have created such a friendly and relaxed environment, and were so welcoming, that we were instantly at ease.  Achieving the perfect balance between solemnity and humanity, you simply couldn't ask for for a more caring or better-resourced team to look after you and your family at this most difficult of times.  And while money can be a taboo subject when dealing with a funeral, we were very impressed with the no-nonsense and practical help that Oaklands can provide in relation to pre-paid plans, living wills, and funeral wishes plans."

To James & Becky

Thank you for taking care of my angel.  He couldn't have been in better hands.  My Colin was loved and cared for.

Thank you for your time and patience.

Jane Watts

To All at Oaklands Funeral Service

Just wanted to say a very big thank you for the wonderful service we received from you all, and for taking care of our dear Cheryl.  We are so glad we came to you.

Your sympathy and kindness was overwhelming.

With much appreciation from Peter Backler & Family & Teresa xxxx

I have to say a heartfelt thank you to all the team at Oaklands for making our farewell service to my Mum so special.  Everything went perfectly and I thank you for your recommendations, incumbent James, being able to hold our service in the beautiful little chapel on your premises & the compassion & dignity you showed right from the first phone call, through to my Mums final little service at the Crematorium.  I had so many comments from everyone saying how well it all went, and what a wonderful send off it was for my Mum.

Thank you again for your kindness and understanding - it was really appreciated.

We couldn't have asked for more.

J. Stone

To Stella, Louise, Becky & Darren,

Thank you all so much for your kindness & sensitivity during the last few weeks.  It has meant a great deal to all of us that our wishes for Mum's funeral were dealt with so professionally.  Every care and respect were accorded to her and every aspect of your service exceeded our expectations.

Thank you all again.

Yvonne & Richard Clarke-Adams

Dear Lou & Stella

Thank you so much for looking after our baby Noah.

With love Graham, Dawn & Ted x

Hi, I just thought I would give you some feedback.  I saw Dennis Strudwick today in relation to his late wife.  I have known Dennis for some years and was so sad to hear about Doris passing away.  Dennis explained about how he had been to see her after she had died and he cried when he told me how beautiful she looked with her nails painted and a lovely "going out" outfit on.  He said he had been worried about seeing her as he had seen his father in law and his son after they had died and his lasting memory of them was that image, but he was glad he had been as his memory of her now was beautiful.  I just thought we don't give feedback enough so I would email you.

On a personal note I attended Mr S's funeral in January at his home.  You made what was an extremely difficult time, seamless and beautiful.

Thank you

Kind Regards                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Emily

To the Ladies at Oaklands Funeral Service,

Just a quick thank you for all the kindness and consideration you showed to my daughter and myself in the way that Barry's funeral was conducted, and before and after the service, in as much that each time we met up you knew our names and what we were coming for.

Where the service was held in the little room was just so nice as it was private and serene.   Everyone that attended said how unusual it was just to have a memorial reading with no hymns and prayers.

Thank younce again.

Marion Smith

Dear Stella, Becky Alan, Louise and all the team at Oaklands Funeral Services.

Thank you for your care and attention to every detail for my father John Cooper Rankin's funeral on Friday 1st July.  These are just words, but the support you gave us at this difficult time is beyond them.

My heartfelt thanks.

Catherine x

Dear Becky, Stella & Louise,

Thank you for all your support with my father's funeral.  Your personal & caring service made a difficult time more bearable.  And a special thank you from my mother for all the attention to detail with regards to the special design of the coffin.  Everyone commented on how beautiful it was.  Your service far surpassed what was expected.

Yours sincerely
Karen Baker

Dear James, Becky, Stella & Louise,

I just want to say from the bottom of my heart how amazing you have been to us.  It's such a difficult time, but you helped us through it with lots of laughter and tears.

James you were the perfect person to conduct Mums send off.  Mum definitely got everything she asked for at her funeral.  You made everything so much easier for us and I know Mum would of been happy.

Thanks again                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Much Love  Debz xxxx

Dear James

Thanks so much for such a lovely service & send off for Alan - everybody said how well you did.

Thanks again


 Dear Becky

Thank you so much for everything that you did for Dad.

Love from David & Pauline.

Dear Becky, Stella, Louise and Gentlemen "behind the scenes",

Thank you all so very much for the beautiful arrangements for my husband David's funeral on 9th June. 

Yours sensitivity and kindness to me were truly appreciated.

I am writing separately to Jane Blackman - who was superb.

Again, my thanks. Take care.

Yours sincerely

Minda Huggett

Dear Stella

Thank you for the way you handled our fathers funeral.

You were so kind and reassuring when we visited and we felt safe that everything would be handled professionally.  On the day the men carrying the coffin and the driving the hearse and cars were so sensitive.  Thank you again & please pass on our thanks to them all.

Fiona x

To Louise, Becky & Stella

"Thank you" doesn't begin to cover what you did for us recently. Guiding us through a very difficult time, always with a smile and a hug!!

You helped us give Mum the celebration she would have wished for ... and more besides.

Instead of a sad, sombre affair our memories of that day will forever be colourful, happy, fun and full of her energy!!

Thank you all so much.

Ali, Martyn, Molly, Phil, Luke and all Doreen's friends xxx

To Becky

Thank you so much for your kindness you showed us when organising Mum's funeral.

Also your recommendation to use Neil Sagar-Stewart was perfect, the service was very personal and lovely.

Again Kim and I really appreciate the way everything was dealt with.

We would certainly recommend Oaklands Funeral Service to friends etc.

Best wishes

Tamara & Kim (Salmon)

Dear Becky & Stella

Tricky to find the words that fit how thankful I am that I found you!!  What a wonderful send off for my mum!  Thank you for your support, kindness & humour at a time when I just felt bewildered & lost.  

From us all

Penny, Stuart, Tom & Em - a HUGE thank you.


This is just to say thank you all, for your kind helpfulness in helping us prepare for the funeral of my dear mother Kate.

It is much appreciated, especially in making of the "Orders of Service|".

From Stephen Dimond & Family

Dear Becky and Stella,

Thank you very much for all the arrangements for Mum's funeral, it all went extremely smoothly, "without a hitch".

Everything was perfect - cars, flowers and of course James' service.  Everybody remarked how lovely it was and asked the name of your firm.  I will not hesitate to recommend you.

I have written a separate note of thanks to James.


Martin Powell

Dear Becky

Thank you so much for all your hard work.  Your drivers and Dave were wonderful we could not have asked for more.  The doves were a lovely finish and enjoyed by all.  Jane Blackman was amazing and would definitely recommend her is was like have a family member take the service.

Thanks again

Karen Becker

Dear Becky,

Thank you for taking & sending the photos yesterday - it was so kind of you.

The funeral went very well - thanks to everyone for all the help with the arrangements - all the family are so grateful.

Many thanks

Moya & Brendan Tully

Dear Louise and all at Oaklands,

A heartfelt thank you for all you did to contribute to my father's funeral which we all thought could not have been more perfect.  The pallbearers were so helpful, respectful and dignified.  Your recommendation of James to lead the service was much appreciated and he was most supportive and conducted the service beautifully.  The flowers too were just lovely.  The casket was much admired.  We could not have wished for a better day in the circumstances and I think our father would have been pleased and proud of his send off.

Yours sincerely

Denise Rhind

My mother died on 5th March 2016 and I contacted Oaklands Funeral Service from the internet.  It was the best thing I ever did.  From the first phone call the arrangements were completely taken care of.  I dealt with Becky, who was outstanding and recommended an Officiant, James Rushman, to take charge of the service to be held in Oaklands Chapel on their premises.

Well the funeral could not have Blessgone better, Mum would have been so pleased with the arrangements and to see all her friends in attendance.  I could not recommend this Funeral Service more highly, exceptional, and every detail dealt with kindness and consideration.

Nick Baker OBE

Dear Becky,

Please convey my heart felt thanks to all at Oaklands for looking after my brother and his partner Nikki.

The service on the day was beautiful, your chapel is so peaceful and personal.  We were all treated with such care and respect and you couldn't have done anything else to make this painful experience more bearable.

My sister and I had a few weeks earlier lost our other brother and the whole experience with the Funeral Directors was horrendous.

The support you provided and the complete dedication to the whole family was very much appreciated.

Thank you again for sending me this copy of the service sheet, mine got wet and soggy on the day, some tears, some rain!

Thank you thank you thank you.

Bless you

Stephanie Foster

Dear Becky,

As you know, arranging the funeral was difficult for us as we are not Miss B's relatives and there were no close family to consult so we had to plough our own furrow.  Your advice was invaluable and nothing was too much trouble for you.  We had a few qualms before the funeral, especially about the recorded music, and you reassured us that it would turn out fine.  Well it did not turn out fine: it turned out excellently.  The music on the CD that you produced came across splendidly and although there were 20 in the congregation we needed the extra voices.  Your recommendation for the funeral director on the day was a perfect choice: she was so comforting and organised us all in a gentle and unassuming manner (and so smart too!).  You must be very proud of your Mum Liz as she clearly is of you.  Miss B would undoubtedly have approved of having a woman funeral director and minister at her funeral.

Karen Young from St. Paul's Church also did a wonderful job.  Even though we gave her some notes it requires a great talent to be able to stand before strangers and talk about someone that one has never met with great sincerity.

We came home and agreed the funeral could not have been bettered.

We are so pleased that we entrusted the funeral to Oaklands who seem to have found the perfect blend of professionalism and friendliness.  Thank you so much.

Yours sincerely


Clark Mary: Michael, Shelagh and Barrie wish to thank very much our relatives and friends for their support and sympathy following our mother’s death on 13th August 2016. We were very grateful to those who attended the funeral; for the letters and cards of condolence; mass offerings and the donations to Bloodwise. Thanking Fr Peter Johnstone, who officiated at the funeral mass, and also Louise, Becky and team at Oaklands Funeral Service. Finally we wish to acknowledge the kindly support of the staff at Cornelius House, Fishbourne, where Mary spent her final couple of years.

Read more at: http://announce.jpress.co.uk/chichester-observer-group/acknowledgement/mary-clark/47953739?s_source=jppo_cho_cho

To Alan & Staff at Oaklands,

Thank you so much for helping us organise mum's funeral and for doing all that you did.

Kind regards
Don Tyrrell, Nikky, Angie & Elaine

Dear Becky,

Thank you for suggesting a considerate cremation, which allowed us to celebrate our mother’s life, privately with friends and family.  My sister and I really appreciate the kind, professional service you gave us at this sensitive time.   

Kind regards
Louise Flude

I just wanted to thank you all for how you dealt with my father and us during this sad time, you all have been so kind and patient. The service you gave us was so thoughtful and it helped us all through a very difficult time. Thank you all so very much. Ann & John

Dear Alan & Becky

We wanted to take the opportunity to say a very heartfelt thank you for all your help and advice on the arrangements, and for the sensitive and flawless conduct of the service of the day.  Everything went really well, and we very much appreciated all the time and trouble you took to make everything just right.  With our warmest thanks and best wishes.

Jane & Ken

To Becky

I really wanted to put something in writing to say just how much I appreciate all you have done to make such a difficult time so much easier.  I cannot possibly imagine how it could have been better.  With the greatest of thanks for looking after my mother so well and in such a kind and professional manner.


Dear Becky and Alan

Thank for your thoughtful and unpressured professionalism which was very personal.  You made the occasion memorable for many people who attended.  Peter and Jann

Thank you for all your help and kindness.

Dorne and family

Very professional kind service at a difficult time, pricing to suit all budgets
Highly recommend Oaklands Funeral Directors

Sarah Hunter

Oaklands managed the funeral of my father earlier this year and the service they offered was professional, efficient, but above all sensitively handled throughout. All the staff involved took special care to make a destressing event much more bearable, and throughout I felt comforted that my father was in such safe hands. They are not only a great local funeral director, but also a very compassionate and caring group of people.

Sarah O’Hara