After the awful and disgusting treatment my Dad received from the CO-OP in Westbury-on-Trym, I transferred my Dad’s care to Chris and his team at Brunel. From my first meeting with the lovely Jane, to meeting Chris and Louise, there care of my Dad has been faultless. They have shown professionalism from start to finish. The respect they showed my dad relieved so much pressure and stress off myself as soon as i knew he was safe in their care. Chris has to be the nicest guy we have ever met he would literally do anything for anyone, he is very warm and comforting. Whenever I phoned there was always someone there to answer the phone and answer all my questions. Chris walked my Brothers through every step of carrying my Dads coffin on the day, and allowed myself and my family to view my dad in the Chapel of rest as many times as we needed. Chris and his team Laid my Dad out so he looked so peaceful making us all feel at ease. It was a nice touch Chris walking my dads coffin through Sea Mills as I did not think he would be able to as it was such a busy main road, my dad would have loved it. Chris and his team carried out all myself and my family’s wishes and helped us give my dad the perfect send off. I would strongly recommend Chris and his team, and will definately be using their services in the future when the situation arises. Thank you for everything Catherine O’Sullivan and family.
A friendly, patient and well organised team. Brunel FD were so helpful and supported me with the plans for my mums funeral. Our budget was small but the funeral was just perfect. On the day everything was organised beautifully and ran very smoothly and respectfully. The celebrant recommended to us by BFD was friendly and well organised. He ran the service with a calm measured approach. We had never done anything like this before and BFD guided us through, looked after mum and made the day run without any hitches.
By far the best funeral directors, used co op last year for dad funeral got completely ripped off and didn't receive the same quality customer service that I got from brunel this year for mum's passing , from start to finish brunel we're amazing thankyou so much from me & all my family ❤️
We were recommended to Brunel FD and on meeting Chris & Louise felt immediately at ease.I can’t describe how overwhelmed we felt after losing our daughter but they completely put us at ease explaining everything as many times as we needed them to, nothing was too much trouble. knowing she was with them & being so well looked after was a big thing for us.They made everything simple, the day went so well & we were really grateful for their added touches just knowing they had everything covered was a great comfort at such a difficult time. our heartfelt thanks to the team.caring… compassionate & professional, we can’t recommend them highly enough.
Thank you Chris, Louise and the rest of the staff at Brunel. The kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting but under such sad circumstances. Thank you for taking care of my dad for me when I was no longer able to, I have thought about my dad every day and my last memory of him will be of him so peaceful and no longer in pain, you really are angels on earth. You helped plan a lovely send-off for my dad, I am a firm believer that life goes on afterward and that he was there to see what a beautiful service you provided for us from start to finish. I truly am grateful you were recommended to us, We would have been lost without you. All my love, Charlotte
Many thanks to Chris and Louise.  My Nan’s funeral was everything the family could have wanted.  The fine details and the dedication and love their job is clear to see the moment you step through the doors.  That makes you at ease and comforts you through the difficult times leading up to the funeral.  Would strongly recommend this funeral director.  JWR
We couldn’t have any better send off for are mum than wot u did. U made us feel so comfortable with everything. From the 1st time we stepped into your premises u made us feel at ease. Nothing was to much trouble u guided us right to the very last step. And for that we thank you. U have a brilliant team and if I wanted anyone to do my funeral it would b u
I can’t thank Chris enough at Brunel Funeral Directors for his professionalism and comfort throughout the whole time arranging my Gran’s funeral and arranging slots to see my gran.  Nicest bloke you will ever come across in a funeral directors!  So warm and comforting about the whole thing.  To give my mother in law closure she was allowed to do the final checks over the coffin with Chris and throughout  the checks he was so patient and calming.  LB
To Louise & Chris Just a note to say thank you so much for helping us make Matt’s day run so smoothly.  All of us are very grateful to you both.  Kindest Regards  EP
Dear Louise, Chris, and Team Thank you so much for your help, support, and compassion and for embracing my wishes for Rich’s funeral.  You have made the worse thing that has ever in my life more bearable.  For that, I will be forever grateful.  I hope you are all old enough to get the chocolate reference with many thanks. MW
The service we received from Brunel was outstanding. They went above and beyond any expectations we had. We couldn't recommend them enough. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. SE
We used Brunel funeral directors on a recommendation and they were absolutely fantastic Chris, Jane Louise all were so kind nothing to much trouble we could go and see mum as much as we liked they looked after her in there by spaying her with her favourite perfume and favourite lip stick and talking to her all the time they were on time and all went smoothly and the the lady ( Claire Jetta ) , who they recommended to take the service was fantastic and treated us like a family friend keeping us updated on everything everyone commented on her talk and we would like to thank you all for a wonderful farewell for our mum everyone was very impressed by all of the expectations of Brunel big thankyou to you all our day was made a better time with your help and support from you all, DP
Highly recommend Chris and his team everything was perfect would use again   CB
Brunel were so kind and helpful they made the whole process so much easier. They were available whenever I rang and arranged everything exactly as I wanted it. They were able to adapt easily to special requests, and all this for a most reasonable price. I would recommend them to anyone, of whatever background. Thank you, Brunel.  MM
I would like to thank Chris, Louise and all the team at Brunel for the outstanding care and compassion we received through such a difficult time. losing one parent/ in-law is devastating but when we lost Shirley then Ted in such a short space of time our world fell apart. everyone at Brunel was so caring and went above and beyond for us all as a family. we will never be able to repay your kindness! I will highly recommend this wonderful team to everyone. thank you all again so much.
I’d like to thank everyone in the team at Brunel for how supportive and compassionate they were whilst they helped arrange my mum’s funeral. They helped me understand and talked me through the process in multiple occasions, as planning a funeral was something far from what I had expected to be doing. They gave me options and only ever wanted me to make decisions that were right for my mothers memory. Can’t thank everyone at Brunel enough they made everything so easy and never felt pressure.
Very many thanks to Louise, Chris, and Jane for their support and professionalism throughout the process of arranging my mother's funeral. Nothing was too much trouble and their kindness and compassion helped immensely in what was a difficult time. 
I cannot express how good the staff are at Brunel, the recent passing of both my parents was a huge blow to us as a family and these precious people took care of everything, the Passion and the emotion that they put into their business shows they are nothing less than amazing. In my opinion, there was no better people for the job, thank you all soo much, you will always be remembered for being the last best thing to happen to my mum and dad ❤️god bless each and every one of you❤️ 
The service we recieved from Chris, Jane and Louise was second to none. They made everything seem so effortless at one of the hardest times and their attention to the small details was very much appreciated, nothing was too much trouble. Their caring and professional nature would be hard to beat.
My husband suddenly passed away, both our families live abroad, and losing a loved one - especially during the difficult times of a pandemic - is something even more difficult than usual. I knew that only an independent and local Funeral Director would be able to help me out, given my dislike of the commercial approach to funerals. I came across Brunel FD and from the very first chat, I felt as reassured as possible in such circumstances. What I value the most is how supportive Louise and Chris were, as they have taken the time to listen to me and to get an insight into the human being my husband was. They arranged a service which was meaningful to us and that was exactly what I wanted. Claire - the celebrant - was also so caring and took the time to learn polish words to make my husband's family and heritage part of the service. Three months down the line, they're still there for me and there is no price to pay for that. I would 100 percent recommend them.
I would just like to thank Chris Jayne and Louise at Brunel Funeral Directors for their professional yet friendly service, nothing was to much trouble and I was encouraged to contact them with any queries or concerns that I had, I wasn’t rushed to make quick decisions and they made me feel so at ease. I would highly recommend Brunel to anyone
I would highly recommend Brunel funeral directors. Brunel funeral directors did an outstanding job of arranging my mums funeral making my family feel at ease and cared for. They really looked after my mum when she was in there care, and when going to see she looked beautiful. Brunel funeral directors were always available to help with any query no matter how late or early it was. They went the extra mile and gave that extra special personal touch, I can’t thank them enough for all they did at a such a difficult and emotional time.
Do Not Bother to look anywhere else !! We interned my mother on Thursday. We enjoyed a beautiful and moving service for her and gave her the most wonderful send off. The service from Brunel was above and beyond....and one of the best things was that it was a one stop operation...the service and excellent celebrant, the flowers...which were stunning, the printing of the Service Orders and bookmarks. Westerleigh Crematorium was also a wonderful venue with very modern facilities for the music. Thank you all for your advice and guidance
Dear Louise, Chris and everyone at Brunel My brother Roger and I would like to thank you all very much for the lovely funeral that you organised for our mother. You were there for us when we needed help and you guided us through all the decisions that we needed to make. Thanks to your professionalism and attention to detail the ceremony went smoothly and was just as we planned. In particular you listened to what we had to say about our mother and recommended exactly the right person to conduct the service. We would not hesitate to recommend Brunel Funeral Directors to anyone looking for a personal and professional funeral service.
After speaking to a few other funeral directors, from the moment I first spoke to staff at Brunel I knew they were right for us. At such a difficult and painful time Louise became part of our family, of my many phone calls no time was inconvenient and nothing was too difficult to arrange, the standard throughout was high. This is an extract from my message sent; Dear Louise and team, thank you for all your help and support in yesterday’s final goodbye to Dad. Throughout the process, you have been so kind, caring and respectful. We couldn’t have asked for more. Jane was a perfect celebrant. I know Dad would have approved and would have loved the pictures. Chris was delightful, such a cheery man and huge comfort to have to lead us. The flowers were so beautiful.
I would highly recommend Brunel Independent Funeral Directors to anyone that's lost a loved one. Chris and Jane are the nicest most caring people you could ever meet. I lost my husband a few weeks ago. From the night my husband passed away to the amazing care Chris gave to my husband was absolutely phenomenal. I wouldn't have wanted my husband too of been anywhere other than with Chris and Brunel funeral directors. My husband had the best cortege of a convoy ever.  Seen by so many people, being taken on his last journey led by Chris and all the lorries and cars. Thank you so much your kindness will always be In mine, my families and all our extended family and our friend's hearts for eve
I would really highly recommend these guys, went above and beyond for me. My mothers funeral was lovely thanks to these guys. Nothing was too much trouble. And a very personal service. I cannot praise or thank them enough for all they did, made our mums funeral such a joy to attend and everyone thought it was beautiful. Thank you Chris and Louise, you are both truly amazing people and I feel like I have 2 new friends.
Without a doubt a fantastic, warming and welcoming funeral directors. Go above and beyond. The care they gave my mum, was lovely. I couldn’t thank them enough. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
Very nice people! Did my mother proud, I would recommend Brunel to family and friends, NO QUESTION…..
Louise and Chris are amazing, thoughtful and have supported me in the recent loss of my mum. I would not hesitate to recommend their services in a difficult time. Being totally independent they offer a funeral that you can make special for your loved one. Having used a funeral chain before I would never go anywhere else again. Thank you both for making a difficult time a lot easier and memorable for all the right reasons.
In the current and uncertain and unusual times Brunel have been compassionate, kind, flexible and unwaveringly helpful at every step. We are so gratgeful for the help and advice at every step and making the day as good as we could have possibly hoped for.MB - Bristol
Our Son’s funeral was very well managed in a professional but friendly way. Thank you Chris and Louise.RS - Bristol
Myself and my family cannot thank you enough for your service. You were friendly, helpful and we would recommend you to anyone.JG Bristol
Just wanted to say what a wonderful service I got from Louise and the team at Brunel. My mother has passed away and Louise especially was fantastic helping to sort all the details out. The way she dealt with me at this difficult time has been much appreciated. Highly recommended.SG - Bristol
We were recommended to Brunel Funeral Directors by someone working in the healthcare industry.My family was very pleased by the care and support given to us by the Brunel team. Throughout the process they were approachable and caring. Everything went smoothly and the Brunel team was professional, approachable and supportive throughout. Based on our direct experience we'd have no hesitation in recommending Brunel to others.SD - Bristol
We would just like to say a very big Thankyou to you and all your staff for making our mums day so very very special , you really are such caring thoughtful and amazing people we Thankyou so much from the bottom of our hearts xxxSL - Bristol
"We would just like to say a very big Thankyou to you and all your staff for making our mums day so very very special, you really are such caring thoughtful and amazing people we Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts xxx"SE - Bristol
"I cannot thank Jane and her team at Brunel Independent Funeral Directors enough for all their hard work and support throughout the funeral planning. They made the planning of the funeral lovely and smooth. I was made welcome from the first visit and the service itself was beautifully planned. Thank you again, I would definitely recommend Brunel Funeral Directors!"RP - Bristol
"Dear Louise and ChrisWe would like to thank you so much for your help and kindness in arranging Mum’s funeral.With your help, we managed to arrange the perfect funeral for Mum, light-hearted with a little fun as was her nature, at the same time respecting her strong faith.Family and friends remarked on what a lovely service it was.And a special thank you to Chris in the calming kindness shown to us when he came to collect Mum."JE - Bristol
"Dads funeral went really well on Monday. Thank you to you and your staff for your support and organisation of everything."Sally - Bristol

Here To Help You Through This

Independent Funeral Directors Bristol

Chris Wilshire and Louise Constable decided, after many years of working in the funeral industry and having gained a huge amount of knowledge and experience, to pull their resources together and open Brunel Independent Funeral Directors.

Today, we have a small – very carefully selected – dedicated team that work with us, who are just as passionate in providing you with the service you are looking for and your loved one deserves. Our tranquil funeral home – on the edge of Westbury on Trym, Bristol – is bright and welcoming. It’s here that the deceased will be taken to from the hospital or their place of death.  You’re welcome to come and visit them, as often as you like, to discuss the arrangements of the funeral with our team.

As independent funeral directors, we like to do things differently to other funeral providers, here at Brunel Funeral Directors. We refuse to rush our families – giving you all the time you need to make the right decision for you and your loved one – providing a very personal and individual experience and making sure that you are aware of all the choices and options available to you.

We understand that planning a funeral is difficult – especially at what is an already emotionally charged time.  Not everyone has experience with making funeral arrangements and for most, it’ll be the first time.  We will sit with you and listen to your requests, ideas and thoughts.  We’ll be able to work with you and arrange the perfect funeral for your loved one.  Whether it be a traditional service or a real celebration of someone’s life.  We can help make it an occasion to remember for the right reasons.

As you’d expect from independent funeral directors, we are here to help you organise the perfect ceremony, but can also help with floral arrangements, masonry, memorabilia, funeral plans, and more.

One thing that makes us stand out from other funeral directors in Bristol is that we are prepared to go the extra mile and do everything we can to support the bereaved during this difficult time. We offer support to our families for as long as it’s needed after the funeral has taken place – helping them to cope with the loss of a loved one, and to grieve properly, by offering professionalism, care and compassion to their needs.

So, if you’re looking for funeral directors in Bristol, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help, every step of the way, and will do everything we possibly can to support you and your family at this sad time. Simply call 0117 374 2002, send an email to, or use the navigation at the top to find out more about our funeral packages and services today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can the funeral take place?

Whilst there is no restriction on how long after the death a funeral should take place, it’s best to allow 5-10 days for a cremation service. A burial can take place within 24 hours. However, most people arrange the service for 3-5 days after the death.

It’s not uncommon to arrange the funeral for up to 6 weeks later, particularly if family members or friends need to travel long distances.

If you need to make funeral arrangements for your loved one, or you have any questions about the different types of funeral services we offer at Brunel Funeral Directors, don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0117 374 2002 or emailing

How much will the funeral cost?

The cost of a funeral can vary depending on several factors. These include your location, the type of funeral service (i.e. burial, cremation), and any additional items.

Funeral costs differ throughout the UK, with some regions charging more than others. For instance, a basic funeral in London and the South East will cost more than one in Bristol or the South West.

It’s also worth pointing out that burials are typically more expensive than cremation services, particularly a direct cremation with no mourners, minister, or ceremony – just the funeral director and bearers.

Though cremations are the cheapest option, you can trust that they are carried out with dignity, allowing you and your family to celebrate the life of your loved one at a later date.

At Brunel Funeral Directors, we can help you to give the deceased the funeral they would have wanted. This includes incorporating their favourite flowers and colours, and providing a full masonry service with a stone and font of your choice. Your chosen options will influence the overall cost of the funeral.

For a better idea of how much you can expect to pay for a funeral through our funeral directors in Bristol, take a look at our price list. If you have any queries or can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re welcome to contact us.

How do I decide which funeral director to choose?

Choosing a funeral director can be challenging when your emotions are running high – even more so if the death was unexpected and you have to make decisions quickly.

Most people ask their friends and family for recommendations of firms they’ve used in the past or heard good things about. Others do some online research and read reviews from bereaved families. Whilst you could do the same, we’d always suggest choosing a local firm.

Opting for funeral directors based in your area will make it easier for you to visit the deceased at their premises and make the arrangements for the funeral.

Another thing to consider is that independent funeral directors are usually run by small teams, as opposed to those that are managed by large corporations. Independent funeral directors are usually prepared to go the extra mile to help bereaved families to give their loved ones the send-off they truly deserve, and provide the support and guidance they need at this difficult time. They’re not motivated by making a profit!

As independent funeral directors in Bristol, the team at Brunel are always on hand to help. So, if you’d like to find out more about the services we provide, please give us a call on 0117 374 2002.

Can I visit your funeral home to discuss the funeral arrangements?

Of course! Brunel Funeral Directors are here to help you through this one step at a time, and we will be more than happy to discuss your situation face-to-face at our funeral home on the edge of Westbury on Trym.

We pride ourselves on having a warm and welcoming setting for families in our local community to come and take a seat and make the arrangements in their own time. We will never rush you into making any hasty decisions and will talk you through the different options we provide.

You’re also welcome to visit us to find out more about our pre-paid funeral plans. We’ll pop the kettle on and discuss the benefits of taking out a funeral plan before helping you to select the most suitable one for your needs and budget.

There are a number of ways in which you can pay for your plan, too – including one lump sum or monthly instalments – but our team will explain more about this when we see you.

We will help you through the process
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You can leave us an email at or call 0117 374 2002

    Worried About The Cost?
    Check our Finance assistance

    We fully understand the financial strain a bereavement can cause for some families, and here at Brunel Funeral Directors we will do our very best to accommodate and help you through this. If you don’t have the funds immediately to pay then we can offer finance through funeral safe. You can raise funds from £500 – £7500 over a period of 12 – 48 months. You can also repay the money before the term ends if you choose to do so. We have added a calculator so that you are able to choose the loan amount and the loan period for you to be able to see the monthly repayments. Funeral Safe is a transparent operator they are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and governed by an independent supervisory board, so you are in good hands.

    We also work closely with an independent Solicitors, so again if you don’t have liquid funds available, but there is an estate to be sold, an alternative would be to use our solicitors, they will act on your behalf dealing with the probate of the estate. What they will kindly do is pay your funeral account, and finalise the estate. Once everything is completed they will deduct their fee for probate along with the funeral bill and the rest of the estate will of course be returned to you. Please ask for more details.

    *Applications will be submitted to either the finance house or the solicitor and their decision to proceed is final.

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    Get in touch with us when you’re in need of help and support in a difficult time.

    0117 374 2002

    3 Concorde Drive, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS10 6PZ


    Kelly Richards
    Kelly Richards
    From the day my family stepped into your office, you showed them full support and made them feel at ease. I would like to thank Craig and Louise & all the other staff for the support and comfort you gave myself and my family. Every bit of detailed we asked for whilst our mother was in your care you done for us all above and beyond. We cannot thank you all enough. X
    Rhys Reed
    Rhys Reed
    From the moment myself and my sister stepped through the doors here Craig,Louise and Chris made sure we was all at ease. From any questions no matter when it was Craig was there to answer or was there to support us on any steps we made. I cannot thank them enough. From my family to you guys thank you so much.
    Chelsea Reed
    Chelsea Reed
    I couldn't appreciate Craig,Louise and Chris for all the support they've given my family over the tough time loosing my mother. I really wouldn't go anywhere else they made sure everything was just as perfect as we wanted things. From the bottom of my heart thank you so so much for looking after my mum while she was in your care and making things as perfect as you did. Such lovely people.
    Abigail Lynden
    Abigail Lynden
    Sympathetic, sensitive and compassionate service from start to finish. We couldn’t have asked for more.
    Teresa B-W
    Teresa B-W
    We were recommended Brunel, by family friends, when my mother-in-law passed away. From the very start Louise and Chris led my husband and I with kindness, understanding and professionalism. Nothing was too much trouble and what is a difficult period, was made far less stressful with their help. We can highly recommend Brunel and are thankful they were recommended to us!
    Elaine Brown
    Elaine Brown
    From the moment we entered Brunel we felt at ease. Craig was kind, considerate and very professional. He assured us there was no rush and gave us the time we needed over the next few weeks to arrange my mum's funeral how I wanted it. On the day, Chris and his colleagues arrived in plenty of time and were very helpful and patient and helped us fit a car seat. I cannot recommend them highly enough, they made a very hard day easier.
    craig hardy
    craig hardy
    Brunel Independent Funereal directors looked after us in a caring, compassionate and highly professional manner throughout this difficult process. Chris and the team supported us through each step with clear communication, empathy and understanding. Highly recommended.
    Andrew Dodd
    Andrew Dodd
    I would highly recommend Brunel Independent as Louise made it feel very personal and was excellent at explaining each stage of this daunting process, without being intrusive in any way. The team can arrange practically anything you would like, which helped to make it feel as comfortable as it could do on the day, where Chris and the team were amazing. Thank you.
    Jordan Long
    Jordan Long
    I would like to say a massive thank you to Louise, Chris and Craig for helping our family get through such a difficult time. Nothing was too much trouble and the attention to detail was outstanding.
    Alison Long
    Alison Long
    I’m so glad I chose this company following the death of my grandson . They helped us deal with his death with such empathy and kindness. Nothing was too much trouble and they made us feel comfortable and at ease . Each and every member of the team acted at all times with the utmost professionalism and were never surprised at the requests that we made no matter how strange ! We chose a non religious ceremony and had a celebrant Joss who was amazing . I would not hesitate to use them again if I ever have the misfortune to have to arrange another funeral a big thank you to Louise Chris and Craig xxx
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