Independent family owned funeral directors


Rainham 01634 373111


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About us

John Weir is a well established, family owned and run funeral directors, with offices located in Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham and Parkwood in the Medway Towns, Kent.

We have acquired an enviable reputation for providing a dedicated and professional service to our clients. Each member of our staff has been highly trained to deal with clients in a sympathetic and understanding nature in times of great distress. We have no fewer than five professionally qualified funeral directors, each having gained a diploma in funeral directing.

We are privileged to be recommended by The Natural Death Centre. The following website pages contain information which we hope you will find helpful in the coming days. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel we are able to be of assistance or there are points that you would like to discuss.

We are available by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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We are members of:

National Association of Funeral Directors Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Director Funeral Guide Grief Chat - Professional Bereavement Support
©John Weir Funeral Directors Ltd 2021

Registered in England and Wales no 8906218; registered office: 130-132 High Street, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent ME8 8AR




In response to our areas Tier 4 restrictions and in our continued efforts to support our families and our staffs well-being we felt it prudent to advise of our latest protocols:

We thank you for your continued support and understanding if any further guidance is required please contact one of our branches.


NHS Test and Trace
In our continued efforts to help control the virus and assist the NHS we will now be taking details of anyone who enters any of our premises by asking them upon entry to use either our branch specific QR Code or by us taking details and entering them to our test and trace forms. These details will be kept for 3 weeks following and then disposed of accordingly.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation at this time.


Mourner Attendance
From Monday 14th September 2020, in continuation of the Government guidance regarding the number of mourners who can attend a funeral remains at a maximum of 30 people. This does not include funeral staff, Ministers, Chapel attendants etc. The guidance also requires all mourners to wear face coverings throughout the service unless they fall into the exemption category.

Please be aware that the 'rule of 6' will also apply to any post funeral gathering unless the venue advises differently.


In light of the introduction of the one metre plus rule, which allows for greater social interaction provided protection measures are in place. The main change from a vehicles perspective is that people from different households can now share limousines but they must wear face coverings whilst travelling together. Therefore with immediate affect all mourners travelling in our limousines MUST wear face masks unless they fall into the exemption category.

Trace and trace form
We now ask that the chief mourners or funeral applicants are responsible for the collection of mourner contact details for the purposes of cooperating with the NHS Test and Trace system for England. We will provide our clients with a form to use to store names and contact details of those attending the funeral service. If the lead mourner prefers to give this responsibility to their nominee, it is important the funeral director and the crematorium have contact details of the nominee. Ideally, the names of mourners will be collated before the funeral takes place. This document will be retained for 21 days following the funeral and then destroyed. In accordance, we will treat your personal information with care and confidentiality in line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) or any legislation enforced. We shall not share your information with third party organisations without your permission or without legitimate business interest.

As always, if your require any further guidance please contact one of our branches.


From Monday 6th July 2020 we will be reintroducing the provision of the use of our limousines for funeral services. For the safety of our clients and staff we have invested in having protective screens fitted into our vehicles however, we have implemented new rules which will need to be adhered to.

We will continue to assess our services and act accordingly and responsibly. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact one of our branches.


Reintroduction of services
In light of lockdown restrictions being slightly eased and in accordance with government guidance from Monday 15th June 2020, we will reintroduce some services to our clients. Please be assured that each decision has been thoroughly considered and we hope that these are the first small steps back to a normal working environment. Please also rest assured that we have an obligation to withdraw services again if we encounter a second spike.

Please see below our updated procedures:

We appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation during this difficult time and remain committed to ensuring the well-being of our clients and staff is of paramount importance. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our branches.


Due to the continuous developments of the corona virus pandemic and our role as funeral directors, for the safety of our families, clients and staff we have an obligation to act responsibly.

Our company policy until further notice is as follows:

We appreciate your understanding at this difficult time, please telephone one of branches if you require any further assistance.


Following the strict guidance from the government in regards to our national safety until further notice we are now operating on an appointment only basis. If you require any such appointment please consider if your visit is entirely necessary and if so, we will only permit families into our premises 2 at a time, for any type of appointment.

We encourage our families to consider contact with us via telephone or email and our staff are available to assist with all enquiries remotely. With regret some of our standard services will not be available until further notice. If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting one of our branches.

We would like to thank you for your understanding at this difficult time as the wellbeing of our families, clients and staff being of paramount importance.


Further to our recent update below and following government advice in regards to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines we have taken measures in reducing social contact with the wellbeing of our families, clients and staff being of paramount importance. Therefore with regret some of our standard services including provision of the use of our limousines will not be available until further notice.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting one of our branches.


John Weir Funeral Directors would like to reassure our families that to ensure business continuity we have procedures in place to deal with the developing Covid-19 situation. We are still happy for families to visit any of our branches in person but should they prefer we are offering a telephone service with or without skype or facetime.

We are in constant contact with our professional associations in order to keep updated about this very fast moving situation.

Please do not be offended if our staff do not offer to shake your hand as they have been instructed not to do so. On a lighter note, elbow bumping and foot kicking are welcome but lets keep it gentle!