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About Us

    About Alfred Smith Funeral Directors

    Alfred Smith Funeral Directors began life as Victorian undertakers in Southwark in 1881 and have been serving the neighbouring communities of Bermondsey, Borough, Camberwell, Kennington and Walworth ever since. We are based in Great Suffolk Street in the heart of the borough. 

    The team at our Southwark funeral home will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. We have our own service venue at both our funeral homes.

    Here at Alfred Smith Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

    Meet the Team

    Karen Rattigan

    Branch Development Manager

    As a mother of five and grandmother of eight I dedicated most of my life to raising my children and grandchildren maintaining my focus on my family.

    In doing so I found a passion for event organising, including charity and non-profit events, religious and family occasions and parties that catered to specific requirements.
    Raising a family wasn’t all parties and I was no stranger to the heartache of losing loved ones. Its these personal experiences that drew me to join Cruse 18 years ago as a bereavement counsellor and I very quickly realised that this was something that came naturally to me.

    Drawing on my passion for organising, empathetic nature and family-orientation I feel that in my role as a Funeral Arranger I was doing something that not only allowed me to support individuals and families when they need it, but also to reach out to my community raising money and more importantly an awareness for a number of groups and charities.

    Since becoming a BDM I have carried my experience through and hopefully now can guide and nurture other arrangers and help them build up their Branches and Brands to be an essential part of the communities that they are in. Whilst ensuring our best practice is always at the forefront.

    Samantha Richies

    Funeral Director

    Samantha has been with Alfred Smith Funeral Directors since 2016, having previously worked a duty manager at Iceland Foods.

    She says ‘What I enjoy most about my role is the overwhelming, warm feeling of pride when I have exceeded our expectations, and more importantly, our families expectations, along with the relationships I maintain with a majority of the families I have looked after throughout their loved ones final journey.’

    She was a contestant on the gameshow “Golden Balls” and also made an appearance in the Kings College 24hrs in A & E television programme.

    Her hobbies include Karaoke, Bingo, Swimming, and fun days out with her family. Her biggest achievements are her children and having a book published when she was just 12 years old.

    Jackie White

    Funeral Arranger

    Jackie has been with Alfred Smith Funeral Directors since 2014, having previously worked as a florist.

    She feels her previous role has helped her in her current position and enjoys looking after families at their time of need. Ensuring peoples loved ones get the send-off that the they truly deserve. Nothing is too much or too little for my clients/families.

    In her spare time she enjoys the odd game of bingo, going out for a meal & cinema but most of all she just loves being with her grandchildren.

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 020 7928 5377 visit branch or arrange a home visit