Brighton, E Sussex
We chose Simple Kent Funerals because of the glowing reviews for Toby’s services. We were not disappointed. Within a few hours of calling him, Toby came to see us and took time to hear our views, wishes and concerns. Whilst we were completely clueless in the aftermath of the death of my father-in-law, Toby guided his son and me through the immediate processes and requirements, took control where we wanted and listened carefully to our thoughts about the funeral. We had strong feelings about the service being non-traditional and Toby was extremely helpful in guiding us through the options. Having made our choices, Toby kept us informed at every step of the various arrangements. On the day of the funeral he ensured that everything went smoothly in accordance with our wishes, acting as a confident and sympathetic conductor of the service. Our friends and relatives really appreciated the tone of this so significant event, despite the difficulties posed by lockdown. We have no hesitation in recommending Toby and the compassionate, comprehensive and professional service he provides at such a sad, confusing and difficult time for the bereft relatives.
I feel blessed to have discovered Toby and Simple Kent Funerals. His support, care, warmth, sensitivity and personal touch were invaluable to me and my family in dealing with my Beloved Father's recent passing.
Hello dear Toby, I wanted to thank you for your wonderful work in delivering Brian's funeral. I cannot fault your professionalism, compassion and kindness. Your superb calming manner helped me so much to participate in the service, it was a joy to be there. It was truly memorable. Thank you, too, for helping my sister Caro, in her hours of need. Kindest regards, Alison.
Hastings, E Sussex
Toby was simply wonderful in all ways possible at a hard time. He was extremely patient, understanding and full of empathy. He made sure every little touch and detail was perfect. He was always on hand and available to take calls, emails and texts even out of hours, he truly is a star and he was and still is very supportive and warm to speak to. His services are affordable and environmentally friendly and I highly recommend Simple Kent Funerals.
Heathfield, E Sussex
We were delighted with Simple Kent Funerals' handling of my father-in-law's funeral. At an obviously very distressing time we were totally unaware of what we should do. Toby explained all our options to us and we were really surprised and delighted to discover that we could be much more relaxed and informal than we had expected. He was really sensitive and understood exactly what we wanted and helped us achieve just that. He was particularly brilliant with the grandchildren who wanted to be involved in the service but were nervous about it and he completely put them at their ease. He helped us give Jimmy just the sort of send off he would have wanted.
Toby has a friendly and sympathetic manner but also delivers a highly efficient service which is just what you need when you lose someone you love. He can offer advice and yet he is flexible enough to support the family's wishes so he helped us to say goodbye in a special personal way.
Toby at Simple Kent Funerals made a very difficult day much easier. From the start of arrangements through to the day itself the service he gave us was personable, extremely friendly and professional. Our family would certainly recommend Simple Kent Funerals.
Toby at Simple Kent Funerals assisted greatly in providing a funeral as the family wished. Everything was handled very professionally. I would definitely recommend them.
East Sutton, Kent
This is an excellent service without any reservations, at a very reasonable price. We wanted a simple quiet funeral without any of the pushy extras and that is what we got. Toby the director took a personal interest during the whole affair offering much help and support throughout. Thank you Toby. A very honest, genuine service which is rare to find today.
Mum was over 100 before she had to move into a care home near Folkestone, where she lived, for her own safety. I live well over 100 miles away and it was a very difficult time; I visited at least weekly. She was deteriorating quite quickly, and just before this awful virus took hold and closed the Home to visitors, I knew I had to put certain arrangements in hand - just in case. I last visited just a day or so before the Home went into 'lockdown' and had arranged to meet Toby there. I had spoken to him a day or so earlier, and I found Kent Simple Funerals on the Internet. He came over to the Home and we discussed the arrangements I wanted, as and when Mum did pass. He was understanding, empathetic and at the same time professional. He sent me a quote for all the arrangements the following day. The inevitable happened (thank goodness Mum did not die from COVID-19) and from that moment he was there for me and her. When he went to the Home the following day he told me something along the lines of "Don't worry; I'll look after Mum from now". Incredibly reassuring. All the subsequent arrangements went amazingly smoothly considering the circumstances, and I have nothing but huge praise and thanks for all he did. I would recommend Toby and Kent Simple Funerals unreservedly.
Toby made an immediate good impression when I first Spoke to him. Throughout the whole process he was very professional, thoughtful and easy to talk to. The funeral service for my sister, conducted personally by Toby, was heartfelt, dignified and moving. The funeral arrangements were excellent, totally transparent and very reasonably priced. I would recommend "Simple Kent Funerals" without hesitation. Thank you Toby, for all your hard work and the caring, sensitive funeral service you provided, which was very much appreciated by those who attended it. Bruce.
In praise of Simple Kent Funerals and Toby Mynott:
They were the darkest days. My dearest husband Brian had died, and I had to get on and organise his farewell ceremony and a celebration of his life.
We didn’t want our goodbye to Brian to be a run-of-the-mill, assembly-line occasion. I searched the web for the right people. And I found them – in Simple Kent Funerals. The company’s unique ethos shone out from their website, and I instantly felt I was in good hands. Director and celebrant Toby Mynott was a tower of strength before, during and after Brian’s Day. He was sympathetic, quietly efficient, compassionate, supportive and showed great empathy with all of us. He instinctively had just the right words.
Toby helped us with countless things we hadn’t even thought about, but he had. Additionally, the fees and charges were reasonable, and everything was explained very transparently at the outset. No nasty surprises.
Toby led the ceremony perfectly and gave great comfort to family and friends when he read out with eloquence and sincerity the many tributes to Brian. He helped us to achieve as perfect a Brian’s Day as we could have hoped for. As a family member observed: “At times like these, everybody needs a Toby.” And we gave Brian the best goodbye.
Thank you Toby for all your help with Dad's funeral, you made us feel completely at ease and guided us every step of the way. I would certainly recommend you with out a doubt.
Dear Toby the family join me in thanking you for the wonderful job you did at Maurice's funeral. You understood what we wanted and how we felt and you were supportive of us all.
The most excellent service ever! Toby had made a very sad and stressful circumstance turn into a stress-less and comforting experience. From the very start of an overseas phone conversation with Toby, he was very helpful and compassionate. Upon arrival in Kent, UK, he went out of his busy schedule to meet with us, since we were new to the town and had no transportation. He was most definitely a most genuine and knowledgeable person. Everything went smoothly and I certainly was very satisfied - and Simple Kent Funerals did not overcharge. My family and I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for all your help Toby!
There is only one way to describe Toby: a blessing. Whilst trying to plan the incredibly simple, personal funeral that my late father had specifically requested, I encountered what can only be described as deaf ears from larger funeral directors. The crematorium recommended Toby who listened to us and put together everything we needed within a very short timeframe. My whole family has been immensely impressed by his professionalism, efficiency and sensitivity - he really cared about giving us what Dad had wanted. We can't thank him enough and recommend his services highly and without hesitation!
I can't recommend Toby of Simple Kent Funerals highly enough. He is friendly, empathetic and professional, organised, patient and discreet, all with a twenty-first century touch. His service is top class and the number of lovely comments we had about my father's funeral was in no small part testament to Toby's commitment and skill in his work. Thank you Toby.
Minster on Sea, Kent
I can’t thank you enough for making Andy’s final journey so perfect. The whole day was about him which was exactly what I hoped for and although heartbreaking, everyone has said what a wonderful day it was. I loved the personal service and the fact that it wasn’t rushed or time limited. Please pass on my thanks to your team who were so helpful and kind.
Hi Toby, thank you for the way you listened to us all and came up with the perfect send off for Dad. The day was perfect and I know Dad would have been proud. I would recommend you and your services to anyone.
After the sudden passing of my mum financially we were struggling, Toby was so understanding helping us out with ideas and ways to make our special funeral happen, my mum didn't want a 'normal' funeral and Toby helped us to fulfil her wishes at an affordable cost. He made sure everyone was included in the service, and on the day went above and beyond his job role in chatting to guests and I feel that his talk with my two children helped them to understand and come to terms with things. They let you choose what you want, unlike the first couple of funeral directors that we contacted who I think thought we were mad! Thank you Toby and team for giving my mum an amazing send off.
When mum fell asleep in death, a dear friend gave me Toby's telephone number and told me how kind and thoughtful he had been with their family.
From the moment Toby answered the phone I knew what my friend meant. I felt so very comfortable in talking to him about what mum wanted to happen. I felt his care over the phone. Toby kept in contact to let me know how things were progressing, even though it must have been a very busy time for him. Toby is very caring and understanding, but also very professional, which gives you confidence that your loved one will be looked after with dignity and respect.
Toby is a wonderful person, he helped us in every way and put us on the right path in planning my dad's funeral. Such a lovely man, always keeping us informed on what was going on, ringing us to see if we were OK and happy with things. I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thank you again Toby.
At a time of great shock and sorrow it was wonderful to find Toby at Simple Kent Funerals. Toby was so professional, caring and considerate to make the funeral tailored to us and our mother. He made sure that we were aware of every step and was very accommodating to the personal touches we wanted, making sure that in every step of the process we were informed of what was happening. Having never planned a funeral before I was nervous about it but Toby made sure that everything was taken care of, guiding us when we were unsure about anything. Although not a happy ooccasion for us, it was made so much better having Toby there throughout, something that our family mentioned often. Having Toby locally too made the process easier and I would thoroughly recommend Toby and Simple Kent Funerals.
Dear Toby, I wanted to say thank you for the way you handled Barry’s funeral. We wanted a simple, tasteful and personal funeral befitting a man who was so very loved. You delivered exactly what we wanted at a surprisingly low cost.
Can't thank Simple Kent Funerals enough for a beautiful and fitting funeral for my Dad. Toby helped every step of the way, arranged the perfect ceremony at Charing, exactly as Dad had requested. We felt supported throughout and Toby is the perfect Celebrant. Thank you from all the family.
Dear Toby, thank you for the knowledge, expertise and time that you have dedicated to my family and I – and especially to my mother. You instilled great confidence and opened up ideas and possibilities that gave us the scope and freedom to craft and deliver a deeply intimate and highly personal tribute to my mother – which truly was a ‘celebration’ of her life. Thank you for managing this – and us! – in such a sensitive and flexible manner. Your expertise on guiding and shepherding us through this journey enabled a poignant, clear and beautiful ‘ending’. The experience for me was one of peace, love and joyful remembrance. Thank you, Toby – it is clear you are a highly skilled and emphatic individual who we are fortunate to have met. The level of professionalism, compassion and commitment you show towards your work and the families you support is exceptional.
EMMA & SUE
I cannot express enough how delighted we all were with dad’s service. It was a perfect, fitting service for him and I think he would have very much approved. As soon as you drove away with dad, the sun came out and there was a rainbow in the sky – as good a sign of approval as I can think of! You have made a difficult time so much easier and we were instantly reassured from the moment we met you. We could not have chosen anyone more right to conduct dad’s service. Thank you from us both.
I can't praise Toby highly enough for the care that he gave to me and my sons when my husband passed away after a short illness in December. John, my husband knew he was not going to get better so he wished to arrange his funeral. Simple Kent Funerals was the first that I found and Toby came to see us and listened to what John wanted, which was quite specific and he made sure that it all happened as John had requested. When he came to see us it was very relaxed and not at all formal, and John liked Toby very much, which put his mind at ease. I was quite nervous as I had never had to do anything like this before, but Toby dealt with everything with ease and good humour, making sure that me and my sons were all kept up to date with what was happening, and the day went seamlessly. I would without hesitation recommend Simple Kent Funerals.
What a Top Bloke Toby is! We didn't want the outdated Victorian solemnity of a traditional funeral with a hearse and wooden coffin et al for our dad, and neither would he have wanted that. Toby completely understood our desire for a simple and personal cremation and carried out our wishes with panache and empathy. Our dad would have been chuffed to bits to have Toby take care of all the details in the wonderful way that he did, and with Toby's help and guidance we will do something special with dad's ashes at a later date. So glad to have found you Toby!
Thank you so much for taking care of my mum, Jo. You led a wonderful service, it was so peaceful and dignified and just like my mum would want. Your kindness and sincerity were a great comfort to me and I would highly recommend your service. Thank you again.
I can’t thank Toby at Simple Kent Funerals enough. He took the stress away and we were able to give mum the funeral she wished for.
Thank you so much, Toby, for giving us exactly what we wanted for our dear friend's funeral last week. Simple but lovely and you even got the sun to shine. Shall, and am, recommending you to everyone I speak to.
Toby from Simple Kent Funerals was extremely kind and respectful, in our time of need. He went above and beyond my expectations, giving helpful, unhurried advice and keeping us informed every step of the way, with no hidden costs. I couldn't fault his care and attention. Meeting him a few days after my father’s funeral with my sister, was relaxed and informal, like meeting with an old friend.
Toby made what was a sad, sad occasion into a personal and touching funeral. None of our requests were too much, everything was smooth and stylish - fitting for the lovely lady cremated.
Harrogate, N Yorkshire
Dear Toby, thank you so much for organising such a lovely send off for Bob. There was unanimous praise for the way everything went and I genuinely felt that it was a funeral that was positive and celebrated Bob’s life.
Toby is lovely and very helpful, helping you plan that special day at such a difficult time. Our send off for my mum in law was perfect even if it was quite quirky! Thank you so much.
I contacted around 8 different funeral companies and once I'd spoken to Toby realised Simple Kent Funerals was the perfect one for us. We wanted a different, tasteful and personal send off. We got exactly what we asked for and more.
Simple Kent Funerals were excellent in delivering exactly what we asked for in a traumatic time. Such a great personal service, I cannot recommend them highly enough, my mother was dreading even talking about her husband's funeral, but Toby made her relaxed enough to share stories and he was genuine and sincere.
Understanding and support are at the top of Simple Kent Funerals' list! From the first phone call Toby guided, advised and cared for my mother and I when my father passed away. Wonderful service, forever grateful...
From meeting Toby for the first time he was instantly emphatic, understanding, caring and so so patient when we drafted at least five versions of the eulogy for my late husband John. He suggested that we hold the service at Odo's Barn which was the most wonderful venue. We looked at samples of different casket materials and chose a lovely one in Pandanus grass. Toby's organisation of all aspects of the funeral service was perfect, right down to the smallest detail and myself and family will be eternally grateful to him for a wonderful service.
The family cannot thank Toby enough for his handling of my mum's funeral. He understood exactly what we wanted, which was a less formal and sombre event to celebrate her life. He was able to deliver our exact requirements and did so professionally but with a personal touch that made the day as easy as such a day could be. I cannot recommend Simple Kent Funerals highly enough.
Frant, E Sussex
Toby provided a perfect experience: the cardboard coffin with rope handles; just the two of us writing our goodbyes and sticking a huge stamp on dad's last parcel! Couldn't have scripted it better.
Thank you so much for organising such a lovely send off for Dad. Everything you did was perfect and I could not have had anyone easier to talk to than you. Your patience and empathy was incredible. Thank you so much Toby.
I would highly recommend this Company. I am very grateful to Toby for making a very difficult time much easier. He literally took care of everything in the most professional caring way.
I had never arranged a funeral before and was both nervous and unsure as to how to go about this. For a number of reasons our family did not want a ‘typical’ funeral, but instead wished only to have a simple cremation to be followed by a memorial service at a later date. I did my research online and found Simple Kent Funerals, which appeared to offer the type of service we were looking for. I phoned the number and Toby answered. He could not have been more helpful, understanding, and reassuring. We went ahead with Simple Kent Funerals and have no regrets at all. Toby kept us informed every step of the way, and was without exception reliable, professional, and caring. Toby went beyond the call of duty to ensure that all family members were included, and felt included. The cremation went ahead as planned and was exactly what we as a family had wished for. I am very happy to recommend Simple Kent Funerals.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
I was very happy with the small ceremony and thank you for helping me manage to do this in the midst of such restrictive circumstances. It was a beautiful setting; the sun poured down its golden blessing; I liked the simplicity of the car and the natural coffin so much more than the heavy solemnity of hearse and mahogany; the words spoken felt simple and heartfelt and I appreciated so much the quality of your presence, your ability to truly accompany us with such quiet sensitivity
Toby was the perfect choice for us. We felt we were in safe hands from the start. He took care of the admin quietly behind the scenes and officiated in a quiet and dignified manner at the cremation. The way he priced his services was transparent and good value. I can't recommend him enough.
Toby and his team were brilliant from start to finish. We lost 3 relatives, my Dad, Uncle and Cousin, in very quick succession and at all stages in managing their final days, passing and cremations - Toby and his team were so helpful, supportive and understanding. Deciding what to do in the immediate aftermath of a relative's passing is never easy, especially in a Pandemic, but it was certainly made far easier having Simple Kent Funerals to help. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Thank you.
Many thanks for all your help with everything. Thanks to modern methods of communication I and the grandchildren felt very much part of the ceremony. Simon was pleased with how it went and it was great that he and David were able to be there. It was simple and dignified and memorable, which under the current circumstances was not easy to achieve. Your manner and constant attention to all details was exemplary throughout. Your business is a very tricky one to deal with but you certainly have the interpersonal skills needed. We are particularly grateful to you for being able to secure the use of the Chapel as that was the key to making the moment special. We are now looking forward to celebrating Mum's life next year when hopefully there will be less restrictions on what we are able to do.
Hi Toby, thank you so much for organising both the cremation and the memorial tribute for my dad George recently. I have had so many lovely comments from friends and family saying how beautiful everything was at both occasions - credit must lay at your feet for this! I cannot thank you enough for your professionalism, hard work and complete sensitivity during this difficult time for me.
ROBBIE & AMY
Rye, E Sussex
From start to finish Toby was there to support us in every way possible. A caring personal service made our experience as painless as it could be. We would highly recommend Simple Kent Funerals to anyone who has lost someone close to them.
ROSI, TOM & IMOGEN
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for making the mini celebration of Hugh’s life, in these very very trying times, just what we wanted it to be. I think that you have taken ‘bespoke’ to a whole new level and we greatly appreciate that you went along with our wishes without judgement. I think that we had all been dreading being forced into a ‘template’ which we and Hugh would have hated. So, thank you for listening, being responsive and keeping us updated on all the details. We would recommend you without hesitation.
Simple in this case means without fuss and stuffiness; arranging whatever you would in your heart dearly like to do, in the most straightforward and enabling manner. I can’t recommend Toby’s service highly enough, he was a godsend at a very difficult time and was just the person I wished for yet never dared hope to find. He lightly steered my brother and I through the initial stunned phase to emerge with the very best send-off and celebration we could imagine for our mother, which given his support and confidence we could organise the creative details of ourselves. With due respect for grief and dignity, the service was also enjoyable for those who attended. Thank goodness an option now exists to create a personalised humane rite for the end of life.
Toby and the Simple Kent Funerals team did such a wonderful job organising my Grandpa's funeral. Granny wanted a simple service with close family and friends and Toby really listened, resulting in a really lovely day. All of the grandchildren were able to be involved to give Grandpa the send off he deserved. A very emotional, but also happy day which I know Grandpa would have loved, thank you Toby.
Toby was very caring and sympathetic at a very difficult and emotional time and really guided us through the whole process very well, making excellent suggestions and handling all the details, so that we were able to focus on celebrating the life of our mother without all the formality and religious overtones that usually accompany a traditional funeral.
Right from our first phone call with Toby, my sister and I were confident that he would be able to provide the personal and simple funeral that we wanted for our father. He came to see us almost immediately following the call and already at that first meeting we were able to structure the layout of the ceremony, with Toby’s expert guidance. We were particularly impressed with the tailor-made service he provides, so different from the mechanical process other providers seem to adhere to. Toby suggested he should make the introductory speech and we provided him with a biography of our father’s life as background. When Toby delivered a much-shortened version of this at the service one really had the feeling he had known our father personally and this made a huge difference. All the administrative procedures were handled very promptly and the service itself was planned with great precision. Toby delivered a fantastic service and, although the circumstances were both sad and distressing, we enjoyed getting to know him both through our contacts before the cremation and afterwards at the lunch party to celebrate our father’s life. We found Toby’s charges to be very reasonable given the amount of work involved and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to others looking for a personable funeral director who really listens to his client’s needs.
Frant, E Sussex
Simply Perfect. Dad didn't want a typical cremation experience, having been to too many in recent times. He was keen on the idea of Direct to Grave, no fuss at that time, but a Celebration of Life party at a later date. I was given details of Simple Kent Funerals and spoke to Toby prior to dad's death, in order to find out what happens and what we had to do. At all times, Toby has been so pleasant, friendly and understanding. When he and his colleague came to remove dad, they were so respectful and gentle, Toby spent unhurried and comfortable time with my brother and me, talking, listening and seeing us through that difficult time. What made his service oh so special, was when I asked where dad would be until his funeral. Toby explained that dad would be resting in a converted railway arch in Strood, Kent. Dad was, amongst many other interests, a railway enthusiast, and, if he had known this piece of information he would have said that it couldn't have been better, he would have been delighted. On telling his friends this news, they all rejoiced in the knowledge that dad was where he should be. In giving dad such wonderful end of life and end of journey care, Toby has helped greatly with the process of healing. Thank you so very much, we are more grateful than you will ever know.
It was a great comfort to have Toby oversee my father's funeral. Mum and the rest of our family were very impressed with Toby's sensitivity and professional handling of everything. We got exactly the funeral we wanted and only spent money where we really wanted to. Thank you Toby!
Leeds, West Yorkshire
As a family we have very much appreciated Toby's very thoughtful and supportive approach, with both the preparation for my sister Penelope's funeral, and on the day of the service itself too. Toby is a good listener and quickly understood the way we wanted to remember Penelope and helped us plan a service to reflect this and supported us well on the day too. Toby's attention to detail was appreciated ,ensuring that the sound system at the venue enabled all to hear the service clearly, arranging for the online link to be provided in good time for us to forward to those unable to travel to Penelope's service during the Lockdown and keeping in touch to confirm plans were in place. Toby's approach and support helped us enormously at such a difficult time and I would definitely recommend Simple Kent Funerals.
Great Chart, Kent
Thank you for helping me through what was a terrible time losing my partner to COVID-19. As you can imagine this made everything difficult but Toby was there every step of the way to help and give much-needed support, he was kind, compassionate and professional throughout what was and still are very hard circumstances. I cannot thank him enough, thank you Toby.
I choose Toby from our first telephone conversation as he was so calm and understanding, unlike other funeral companies he was interested in my Dad rather than going straight into prices. Even though we had to deal with the Coronavirus and couldn't meet him to organise the funeral he always had time to speak to me on the numerous times I rang him. We organised a family Zoom meeting with him so we could all have a chance to put our ideas forward and Toby listened and guided us through the whole meeting.
On the day he made us all feel so comfortable and had allowed plenty of time, so we didn't feel at all rushed. As we could only have 10 people to the crematorium Toby arranged for the Hearse to arrive where my Dad lived and to park there for around 10 minutes, for family and friends to pay their respects which was so lovely. Toby took the whole service and read the Eulogy and our Family Tributes with compassion even managing some Italian words! Thank you, Toby, you made a very sad time so much easier with your personal service.
Relieved to have discovered Simple Kent Funerals, Toby was so easy to deal with at this difficult time. Nothing was too much trouble, everything was transparent and clear. On the day he supported us with care, empathy and compassion, very easy to communicate with. He took the time to understand our requirements and carried out our wishes to perfection. Very highly recommended.
When my husband died I wanted his funeral to take place at home and for him to ‘lie in state’ at home for his last days. The first funeral director I spoke to, well known locally, said that this wasn't allowed even though this happens in Scotland and Ireland. I then talked to Toby of Simple Kent Funerals and he said yes that can be done and arranged this along with many ideas and even suggested others. It was a well organised funeral and the whole final farewell was well planned and well run - and took place only 7 days after he died. No long wait. Many thanks for meeting all my requests Toby, you made his final farewell a perfect send off. With all costs, which can be horrendous, agreed in advance. Full transparency throughout. Thank you again, I can thoroughly recommend this company.
Simple Kent Funerals were incredibly supportive to us when our much-loved mother died, under the most difficult circumstances due to Coronavirus. Because of the Coronavirus lockdown we couldn’t have the beautiful service we wanted - but what Toby did do was to enable us to say goodbye in a very personal, precious way, which we will be forever grateful to him for. It was, in the end, perfect for Mummy and us as a family. Toby will be helping us plan a celebration of life later in the year.