Amanda Pink. Or occasionally her husband Adrian. Amanda has taken over Evelyn’s Funerals after the founder, Evelyn Temple, decided to take a backseat and concentrate on celebrancy. Evelyn had worked alongside Amanda and Adrian from Town and Country Funerals Ltd for some time, utilising their mortuary space when needed, so handing over the reins to Amanda was a natural fit.
Formerly in the catering trade and subsequently spending time working for Surrey Police, Amanda met her future husband, the highly experienced funeral director Adrian Pink, when she joined a large corporate funeral director in their finance department. He was working there as regional manager, and when he decided to leave corporate life behind, she soon followed. Together they set up Adrian’s successful independent business, before the opportunity arose for Amanda to run her own company at Evelyn’s Funerals.
“It’s a perfect, bespoke little business offering a bespoke personal service at an affordable cost for most families,” says Amanda, “I am delighted that Evelyn feels I am the right person to take over from her, as Evelyn’s Funerals is exactly how I think a funeral business should be. We do things in a simple, straightforward way with lower overheads, which means we can offer you a lower cost funeral service.”
Amanda does everything (helped by Adrian when needed), from answering the phone 24 hours a day seven days a week, to collecting the body of the person who has died herself and caring for them until the funeral date. It will always be either Amanda or Adrian that speaks to you, and she will stay in close contact as the days go by. She will always call to let families know that their relative has been brought into her care, and clients know they can ring Amanda personally whenever they want, about anything. It’s this personal service that defines the business and has been part of the trademark of Evelyn’s Funerals since it began three years ago.
Amanda has a background in bookkeeping and a very practical outlook on life. “I can’t see myself ever doing anything else,” she says. “I love this job. Every day is different, every family is important, every funeral I get nervous – but if I don’t get that butterfly in my tummy I’ll know there’s something wrong. I don’t ever want to get complacent, it’s too important to each family that everything is perfect.”
The business is now run from Amanda and Adrian’s home in West End, Surrey, and Amanda visits clients in their own homes to discuss the funeral arrangements. She goes to collect the body of the person who has died herself with assistance from her husband or one of their part time assistants. Between the date of collection and the day of the funeral, people are kept in refrigerated conditions in the converted barn shared by the two companies, where their mortuary and coffin storage is also housed. If families want to spend time with the person who has died this can be arranged at either a local friendly funeral director’s chapel of rest, or in the Cemetery Chapel at Brookwood Cemetery for an additional fee. “We don’t include this fee in our normal service charge because not everyone wants it. We don’t believe in averaging out the costs so that some families subsidise others, each of our clients pays for exactly what they want from us and nothing more.”
Costs are kept low by the lack of overheads in the business and by requiring full payment in advance from each client. This means that the company carries no bad debt, and enables them to continue offering a very personal service at a very modest rate. Assistance with home organised funerals, direct cremations and no fuss simple cremations are the hallmark of the service Evelyn’s Funerals offers, although any kind of funeral can be arranged if the client prefers.
With the back up of Adrian’s knowledge and experience from his almost 30 years in funerals, Amanda has gained a huge amount of confidence and knowledge in recent years, which equips her well to grow the already successful business that covers Berkshire, Surrey and the Hampshire borders. They use a silver MPV vehicle as standard, but can hire in any type of vehicles you like if you want. On the day of the funeral Amanda will be dressed according to the family’s wishes – either in smart casual clothes, a smart navy or black suit or formally in full FD regalia.
“I can’t see myself ever doing anything else,” she says. “I love this job. Every day is different, every family is important, every funeral I get nervous – but if I don’t get that butterfly in my tummy I’ll know there’s something wrong. I don’t ever want to get complacent, it’s too important to each family that everything is perfect.”
Currently studying for her BIFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, Amanda managed to complete the previous Certificate in Funeral Service while working full time with Adrian developing his business – and also juggling babysitting duties for her grandchildren. She thinks good, positive training and qualification is reassuring for both the public and for herself, “It will give me and my families confidence”. When not involved with funerals, Amanda is an avid reader, and enjoys clay pigeon shooting, something her husband has introduced her to.
Straightforward, simple funerals with no fuss are Evelyn’s Funerals’ specialty, but if you want a traditional, full works funeral with Amanda in a smart black hat and suit paging a gleaming hearse, that’s what you’ll get. She believes that funerals are changing as people become more involved with planning the service that is right for them, and that unlike high street FDs, Evelyn’s is flexible enough to be able to offer a totally bespoke funeral for the more demanding modern client. They don’t offer packages; they listen carefully to clients and work with them to achieve exactly the type of funeral they require. Personal service is paramount and value for money comes a close second.
Listening to clients and working with them to get the best possible funeral for them. And a personal continuity of care.
Amanda will be happy to advise you without any obligation. Straightforward, uncomplicated and helpful, she is totally dedicated to each family she helps. Not many people would be willing to turn their dining room into a place where a family could spend time with their relative who had died – Amanda did this without turning a hair when circumstances made it difficult to arrange elsewhere
Evelyn’s Funerals began because Evelyn Temple started out creating personalised funeral ceremonies that put the beliefs, ideas and wishes of the person who had died (or their closest friends and family) at the heart of everything. Over time, Evelyn found people were asking for help with more than just the ceremony and just wanted a really straightforward and simple funeral without too much fuss. She grew her funeral business from these modest beginnings to the success it is today, and in Amanda’s capable hands we think it will continue to go from strength to strength. Great value and great service for anyone looking for a modern, unfussy funeral director.
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I just thought that I would express our thanks to you for the services that you provided to us for our Mum’s funeral. Although it was a simple funeral everyone thought that it was just right and we were very pleased with the way in which you helped us through the process from the start and on the day to get the intimate family service that we wanted.
A big thank you for all your support and guidance in arranging mum’s funeral. Terese and I were really pleased with today, we got exactly what we (and mum) wanted and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you.
I wanted to express my thanks to you for taking such good care of my father and his service arrangements recently.
I think I speak for both my mum and my sister when I say that your calm and kind manner helped us tremendously, and was a great comfort. You made a difficult process that much easier to navigate.
The service itself was conducted flawlessly, and with great dignity and respect. Seeing you walk arm in arm with my mum after the service was something that will stay with me always. We may have met just a few times, but you felt like a friend by the time the service was over.
Thank you for your very caring and professional touch.
Friday 6th October 2017 at 08.46am
At a very emotional time when you need guidance and understanding we put our trust in Evelyn’s Funerals to help us through the funeral process.
Our first meeting with Amanda put us at ease and we knew we had found someone to guide us in what we needed to make this a personal family funeral service and in doing so provide comfort to us all at a difficult time.
Thank you very much Amanda and especially in selecting Derek who held the service on the day.
Sunday 1st October at 22.00pm
I can’t fault the service & guidance we received in such a hard time. Excellent planning combined with professionalism and compassion. I strongly recommend Evelyn’s funerals. We were looked after in every possible way. A loss is never easy, but not having to worry about the organisation is a huge relief. I’m so very grateful to Amanda for her excellent service, flexibility, availability & kindness.
Sunday 1st October 2017 at 19.05pm
Amanda, her sister and all the team have been the most wonderful support since mum, Janie Thomson, died on 2 September.
A friend had recommended Amanda and she has made a difficult process so much easier and I will be eternally grateful for her kindness, empathy, professionalism, attention to every little detail, being constantly available whenever we needed. When she says you can ring any time, she really does mean it.
I felt total confidence in every arrangement Amanda made for us. She and her team were so discreetly supportive before, during and after the funeral.
I could not have wished for a more perfect person to “take us all under her wing”. Amanda, and the service she provides, are exceptional and I would think rather unique.
I will never forget, and will always be full of thanks, that you were the person to look after mum, and us, through this time.
I highly recommend Evelyn’s Funerals – totally professional, utmost care.
Tuesday 5th September 2017 at 10.13am
I have been “chilling out” as the kids say these last few days but I would like to thank you both for the way the funeral was organised and conducted.
Most of the people who were there have said what a lovely service it was which is a tribute to the two of you rather than to me. I would be happy to recommend your services to anyone facing a similar situation. Please let me know if you want any references from me.
Again many thanks for all you did last Wednesday and the lead up to it.
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 11.09am
Following the sudden loss of my wife, I was left with the daunting prospect of having to make the funeral arrangements, after making just one call to Evelyn’s funeral service it was clear that everything was in safe and professional hands.
Both Amanda and Evelyn arrived at our home to meet with me and my two Children to discuss all arrangements for my wife, the whole process was very simple.
I have to say a huge thank you to both Amanda and Evelyn for the help and support they gave us to deliver such a proud occasion for a very special wife and mum.
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 21.25pm
Amanda was very caring and professional. Arrangements were made swiftly and efficiently. She was always contactable. We are so pleased a friend recommended her to us, and we would strongly recommend her to others.
Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 12.32pm
My siblings and I would like to thank you for all the advice and assistance you gave us in arranging my Aunt’s funeral.
It made everything go very smoothly and easily and we really appreciated all your help.
Sunday 11th July 2017 at 23.59pm
Amanda handled everything from start to finish with great sensitivity and professionalism. Highly recommended.
Monday 5th June 2017 at 19.52pm
Amanda was absolutely brilliant. She helped us in every aspect of the funeral.
She was never pushy, just totally helpful and I will always be very grateful for her help.
The price was extremely competitive but the service we received was above anything we expected.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 12:46 pm
I just wanted to say again a big thank you on behalf of all my family.
You have helped us through this awful experience and I thank you for your comparison understanding and professionalism.
It was a beautiful fitting send off for such an amazing well loved man, we later let off 100 balloons and the sun came out just at that time.
I know we all have a long way to go but we will all be there to look after Natalie and each other.
Thank you once again for all your help.
(Nats sister )
Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 9:29 am
I have been meaning to get in touch to thank you so much for all that you did for us regarding the funeral of Adrian Thomson.
Your professionalism, kindness and approachability was fabulous. Thank you Amanda.
Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 11:32 pm
I don’t write reviews but had to on this occasion.
You often hear the saying “you get what you pay for” and this more often than not refers to something that is of a sub standard or low quality.
I admit that when I first approached Evelyn’s Funerals, that saying, and the fear of being new to bereavement did do the rounds in my head. This was primarily because they were so much cheaper than the usual suspects on the high street.
Unlike others I had contacted, Amanda Pink was totally transparent with her pricing, which I found refreshing as no one wants to be ripped off when they are at their most vulnerable. The saving was a massive £2k compared to the quote I had received from probably the oldest and most popular Funeral Director in Aldershot.
Being a bit OCD myself, I found it hard at first to let Amanda project manage the whole funeral, but I’m so glad I did. After her initial home visit, she organised everything from the Hearse, Limo, Pallbearers, Minister, Music, Order of Service & Collection Box.
On the day of the funeral the cars were gleaming and on time, the drivers and pallbearers looked immaculate and were polite and courteous throughout the service. They treated Dad with dignity and the utmost of respect when delivering him to his final destination.
Amanda took total control of the situation, first making sure everyone was seated and then making sure everyone had an order of service booklet. Derek the minister, who was recommended by Amanda was brilliant on the day. He had a fantastic tone whilst reading and singing, and transformed my typed eulogy into a great story.
I couldn’t have wished for a better send off for Dad. Thank you Amanda, all the best Brian x
P.s. If you are reading this and find yourself in the same unfortunate predicament as I did, don’t stress yourself out any further, just make that call, I’m glad I did.
Monday 13th March 2017 at 5:47 pm
Evelyn’s funerals have provided us with extraordinary support from beginning to end for my mother’s funeral. Everything was done with great humanity and compassion, as well as being utterly professional. Some of it is really tough, and we definitely benefitted from having met Amanda before my mother passed away. She accommodated our every request and helped us to create an amazing service for Mum, as well as handling all the (often unpleasant) logistics with a minimum of fuss. Every detail was taken care of – flowers, donations, a last minute request for a viewing, a recalcitrant doctor, the beautifully personalised coffin, the hearse and cars on the day, recommending a fantastic celebrant (Belinda Forbes), marshalling our friends and family into an overflowing chapel, the ashes delivered personally… everything. We could not have been better looked after, and I would recommend Evelyn’s funerals wholeheartedly to anyone who wants a professional and very human collaboration for making funeral arrangements.
Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 10:52 am
A huge thank you for the love, care and great encouragement you are and have been.
Thank you too, to your guys who were part of the funeral service and proceedings at Jock’s funeral. Totally beautiful and your attention to detail so greatly appreciated.
The beautiful drive through town and laying of Jocks flowers, really the absolute treasure of all that you did to make the day perfect.
The coffin was stunning, your service amazing, love and God’s blessings to you Amanda and to your team.
Will always recommend your service, and when I go, if you are about, take it that you are in charge of the send off!!
Love to you
Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 11:46 am
Its hard to write just how amazing Amanda and Adrian were because I could honestly write a book. From the initial phone call to the issues we had relating to coroners release and the cremation itself their service is quality with a captial Q.
The sincerity and warmeth shown to me and my family removed all awkwardness and demonstrated to us that there really are kind loving people left in the world and Amanda and Adrian were both that. The level of commitment they put in to making our brothers speciali day will remain in my memory forever. Kind warm loving special people thank you Amanda and Adrian from the bottom of our hearts. The Maunders family xxxxx
Friday 18th November 2016 at 11:51 am
We used Evelyn’s funerals for our son Neil’s funeral, we found them to be very reasonable on the costs for the service they provided.
The thing we liked about them was the fact that all their prices are displayed on their website and they do not pressure you into having things you don’t want for your funeral, you choose what you want.
The service we received was first class, and the compassion and dignity shown to us by Amanda and her team was outstanding. They made a difficult and distressing time much easier to cope with, I would thoroughly recommend them with no hesitation.
Thank you Amanda and the team at Evelyn’s Funerals. Alan S.
Friday 9th September 2016 at 4:18 pm
I just wanted to say a big thank you, for all your efforts on the 23rd. It was a very special day for us, a personal send off but still maintaining the traditions and dignity of a more traditional funeral.
What we achieved was only made possible through your support and guidance at that difficult time. it was much appreciated and would have no hesitation in recommending you,
I am so pleased we picked you, sometimes you just know something is right,
Monday 15th August 2016 at 6:15 am
I was recommended Amanda and she really didn’t let us down. She helped us make a beautiful service and gave us such professionalism and empathy. As soon as I met her I knew my lovely mum would be in good, caring hands. I phoned Amanda a lot and she could never do enough to accommodate my worries or concerns.
Thankyou for everything
Thursday 11th August 2016 at 7:50 am
We would like to thank you for the help & support you gave us during & after Alan’s death.
It was so nice & helpful that you were able to come to us, as our children would never have been able to go to a funeral directors to sort out Alans affairs.
You went beyond anything we expected, meeting me & helping me to see Alan & your support & guidance for our children was amazing, even up to the last day by collecting our collection boxes & keeping them out of our site on the day.
We cannot thank you enough, the amount of people who came & said everything was so “Alan” says it all.
Once again thank you for all your help & support.
Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 5:00 pm
Amanda was very kind, patient & understanding. Everything was done so we had nothing to worry about.
The service was exactly what we wanted.
We cannot recommend them highly enough for their professional & personal service.
Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 5:21 pm
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your help with Dad’s funeral. We absolutely felt that we (and Dad) were safe in your hands, and that although we had selected a low-cost option, no corners were being cut and everything was still being done properly. You left us with absolutely nothing to worry about, before, on the day or afterwards.
Your recommendation of Tony as a celebrant was definitely a good one, as he was a great match for us, and for Dad. Having decided to go for a colourful funeral, rather than traditional black, we thought that your purple fingernails were an inspired finishing touch!
We will definitely be back in touch when it’s Mum’s turn.
Thanks and regards,
Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 4:43 pm
On behalf of the Good family we would like to thank you for the caring and professional manner in the way you arranged for our late fathers funeral Mr Albert [Bert] Good.
You took the time and trouble on the various occasions that you met with the family, to ensure that all arrangements were in hand and you also were able to advise us on other aspects outside of your remit.
Finally on the day itself everything went smoothly as planned.
Many thanks, Dennis & Family
Monday 4th July 2016 at 8:39 pm
We cannot thank Amanda and Fiona enough for all they have done to help make Dad’s send off a dignified and memorable one.
They were always on hand to answer the questions we had, however big or small, with patience and respect.
A very well organised company with good competitive prices.
Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 9:33 am
We wish Amanda and Adrian the best of luck, with Evelyn’s Funerals, and also all best wishes to Evelyn. I remember a great couple of hours chatting with her recently. A charming lady.
Monday 30th May 2016 at 10:34 pm
I would just like to say that when my mother passed away fairly suddenly, I was left completely mentally numb and being in debt when she passed away, nothing was put in place for such an unexpected event.
After the shock of visiting a few local and national funeral directors, I.e costs, a friend recommended Evelyn’s Funerals to me.
After envisaging a funeral on a shoestring, Evelyn put together a package, that ensured my mother had the utmost of dignified funerals, and I know she would have been proud of me, and I will always feel so emotionally endebted to Evelyn, and i wish Angela and Adrian as much success in the business that Evelyn has so tirelessly and compassionately built to today. Xxxxxxxxxx
Tuesday 31st May 2016 at 2:06 pm
Garrey thank you so much for your kind words, we will continue Evelyn’s work with the same dignity and compassion that she always provided for her families that turned to her for help.