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About Us

Welcome to Denise Wellington Funeral Services, an Independent, family owned, funeral directors based in Bude and Launceston, Cornwall.

Since opening in 2015, our Family business has firmly established itself within the North Cornwall and North Devon area. We, Daryl & Denise Wellington, were both born and bred in Bude and have become well known and trusted members of the community. This stretches further back over multiple generations, with both of our families having a tradition of involvement in local businesses, clubs, charities, and organisations.

Our eldest son Harry has been an integral part of the business since 2017 and will continue for another generation. Our youngest Son Jack has followed a different career path but is always on hand to provide us with valuable help and support.

7 years on from opening the business, the Summer of 2022 saw an unexpected opportunity come our way. Mr Garfield Gubbin of G F Gubbin Funeral Directors, Launceston, informed us of his decision to retire, and wished for his legacy to continue in the best possible hands, and in his eyes, that was us!

We were extremely honoured and felt it was impossible to turn down such an offer from a very well-known and highly respected Family in the Launceston area, who have offered an unrivalled funeral service since 1963. With the Gubbin family in mind, Harry will continue to move the Launceston business forwards in the most respectful manner, providing a traditional, yet modern approach to funeral directing.

We pride ourselves on providing a caring, compassionate and empathic service to bereaved families. With over 30 years collective experience in the funeral profession, during which time Denise has successfully gained her Diploma in Funeral Directing, we have a genuine knowledge and understanding of how to support bereaved families at their time of need.

“We have a simple philosophy, to offer immediate care and support following the death of a loved one and to be there for family and friends after the funeral”.

Both of our premises are located on the outskirts of their respective towns, providing a naturally tranquil, comforting and spacious setting to discuss any aspect of your loved one’s funeral, or simply to pop in for an informal chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Our door is always open.

“As funeral directors, we see it as our privilege and honour, to be entrusted, and involved with families at such a difficult time, knowing we can provide them with the appropriate guidance and advice whilst providing a commitment to maintaining the highest of professional standards on their behalf”.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Thank you for all your hard work on our mother and Aunt’s funeral, you and your staff are a credit and your work is very much appreciated.

K, I and Family Stratton - August 2023

We can’t thank you enough for your care, kindness and understanding. What a difficult job it is you do. You certainly made the whole process so much easier for us – especially as we wanted to take mum-in-law back to Worcester, so it wasn’t that straightforward. You would have got along a treat with her, and it was a great comfort for us to know that she was in such good hands.

D. & P. G. Clawton - August 2017

The kindness, helpfulness and care you have shown all of us over such a difficult time will forever be appreciated and meant more than you will ever know. You are an angel placed on earth.

A.C. Bude - January 2017

We just wanted to say a very big thank you for all your kindness, help, and support over a very difficult time. You are all so kind and we really do appreciate it. We certainly know why Mum wanted to leave everything in your capable hands.

G. G. J. A. & K. Bude - May 2022

When my father died I was asked by my mother to organise his funeral as she did not feel able. I agreed but like many of you who will read these reviews I was terrified of making a mess of it.
Like you did or will, I began looking online and in our area was offered Gubbin funeral directors run by the Wellington family, or an alternative. After looking at that, I decided to ask our friends network who consist of mainly the farming community. Gubbin was the only name mentioned unanimously. It was very daunting making contact but from the moment I called and spoke to Jo everything was taken care of from the start to the very finish. After the initial contact was made and the details of next steps were given to me, I had an appointment with Harry who confidently, and calmly went through every single aspect of what would happen at each stage. There were no hidden charges. There were no sudden changes of plan. There were no surprises or disappointments and no pushing unnecessary extras. I specifically asked for the cost of each thing because I was spending someone else’s money. Harry did not falter and immediately priced each item as we went so that everything was extremely transparent.
Just imagine the day of the funeral arriving and your loved one treated with extremely solemn respect and professionalism and everything happening as you would expect and more. Harry and Jo won’t let you make a mistake and will guide you through the process calmly and confidently and will organise everybody around your loved ones day. From the church, to the announcements, to the grave site and the pall bearers. The gentlemen supplied by Harry to bear my father were the most respectful, kind and professional people I could possibly hope to meet. It was an honour gents.
I can honestly say that what began as a nightmare of unknowns for me was quickly resolved by Harry and Jo into a beautiful ceremony and an everlasting memory of my fathers last days with us. Thank you Harry and Jo for everything that you do I could not have asked for more.

C.M. Launceston - March 2024

Thank you for making the funeral and final journey as perfect and beautiful as possible. I will be forever grateful for your kindness and guidance through the hard times. I hope people will read this and know they can have the same trust that I had knowing my husband was getting a 5 star send off. You made the whole process very easy for me with your guidance.

D.G. Widemouth Bay - February 2023

Thank you so much for all your guidance before and after my husband’s passing. It made a difficult situation that bit easier, and everyone has said how well the funeral service went, which is down to you and your professionalism.

S.M. Stratton - August 2022

Thank you once again for all that you did for mum and thank you to all your team. We are so thankful she found you and know she was in safe hands.

J, K, S and Family Bridestowe - March 2023

Dear Denise, thank you for all you did to ensure things went as smoothly as possible during a very difficult time, it is very much appreciated. Thank you also for your calm, reassuring help and support organising every aspect of my dear husband’s funeral.

L.P. Bude - January 2023

Thank you so much for everything – you are amazing and we are incredibly thankful to you for your warmth, friendliness and compassion. I know my husband would also be very grateful knowing how much support you have given me throughout these challenging and emotional times.

T.B Callington - May 2021

Dear Denise, I would like to thank you for your upmost care and respect for my late husband. You handled my husband with great dignity and compassion. I cannot thank you and all concerned enough. Right from the very first phone call to you, I had complete reassurance that my husband would be cared for with dignity and respect, 100%. Thank you for all you did, bless you.

C.B. Bude - September 2022

Dear Denise, thank you so much for the wonderful arrangement’s you put in place for Dad’s funeral. You made a sad and difficult time a lot easier for us, and we felt cared for throughout the process. We were comforted too knowing that Dad was being well taken care of before he was laid to rest.

V.S. Stratton - December 2021

Dear Denise, just a little note to say thank you for all your help this year with Mum and Dad. Your kindness and compassion has been truly appreciated more than words can say. We were very appreciative of your professional and supportive service.

S.H. A.B. S.B. Stratton - May 2022

Thanks so much for your lovely card, it was so thoughtful of you and we much appreciated your kind words. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without you last year, we are so lucky to have your fantastic service, you should have an award for being so kind and caring and going above and beyond the normal. We will be forever in your debt and you should be so proud of yourselves and the service you provide. Much love to you all from all of us.

C.V. Exeter - March 2021

I would like to pass on our thanks from myself and my brother for a beautiful service that you provided for my mum. We could not have asked for a better send off. From start to finish you showed your professionalism and care with every detail of the service and it showed that it’s not just a business for you. So again, thank you to you and your staff for everything, from the bottom of our heart’s thank you.

S. & P. Stockton-on-Tees - September 2022

Just to say thank you for all your support and professional services which helped us to deliver a lovely memorial ceremony. We are all very grateful.

J. S. T. M. Bude - February 2023

Dear Harry and team

Just a note to thank you all for your care and attention with Dad’s funeral. You helped make a tough day much easier.

Dad would have approved!


N.F Werrington - April 2024

Dear Harry

Thank you so much for the care and compassion you showed to us all while arranging Mum’s funeral. It all went beautifully on the day and I’m sure she would have approved!

All the boys wearing the Cornish ties was the icing on the cake!


S.C Launceston - April 2024

We would just like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the superb level of care and kindness you have shown our family during this period. You far exceeded our expectations and have gone above and beyond for us. Nothing has been too much trouble which helped ease us through this distressing time. In addition to your professional service, your personal touch has given us great comfort. We cannot thank you enough.

K. N. M. & L. Bude and Stratton - November 2019

Dear Harry and the team

Thank you so much for all the care, support and consideration you have shown us over this difficult period. You have made this so much easier to deal with.

Mum’s funeral went off without a hitch all down to your care. She would have been very happy on how the day went, even sending the rainbows to us.

L & S Launceston - September 2023

Thank you Denise, everything you did was perfect, and beautiful. You are truly amazing at what you do.

L.M. Texas - January 2020

Dear Denise, in appreciation of your kindness and professionalism, you have been so considerate and helpful. Right from when I first rang you, I knew we were in good hands, you gave us so much great advice too. Several people have told us that the funeral was the nicest they had ever attended. It all went so smoothly thanks to your organising. May we also thank your staff, they have all been amazing. Our Dad would have loved you I’m sure, we think you are awesome.

L.W. Stroud, Gloucestershire - December 2022

Thank you Denise, and to all your team for the guidance and support you gave us whilst caring so beautifully for our Mum.

You helped us achieve a day where we could celebrate our lovely Mums life with respect and dignity. We are able to look back with fondness at our final goodbye, knowing we did the best for our Mum.

Our sincerest gratitude to you Denise for such a caring and professional service.

S.P, P.G Crackington Haven - July 2023

I would like to send a sincere and heartfelt thank you for your incredible service and support following the passing of my mum. From start to finish, your care and professionalism was impeccable. My mum being such a strong independent lady would have appreciated greatly seeing a lady at the helm of her service and in Cornish colours too. As her daughter, I felt similarly inspired by this, and our walk together down our village lane in front of the hearse was something I will never forget, nor will the whole service be forgotten which you helped us bring to life so beautifully despite our complex requests with services both in Devon and Cornwall. Thank you, Denise and your whole team, for the wonderful work you do, that makes such dark times in people’s lives that bit easier to hold in good grace.


Dear Denise, just to say thank you to you all for everything you did for us and for looking after Dad so well. Forever grateful.

G.S. Bude - January 2023

Denise, Family and Staff, just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your help and care with mums funeral. You were so caring, helpful and very professional in every way. We cannot thank you enough.

A.G and Family Morwenstow - June 2023

Dear Denise, words cannot express my deepest thanks to you, Daryl & Harry for all you have done for me and my family. Everything you have done was carried out in a professional, compassionate, sensitive, caring, and friendly manner. Dee, we are very, very grateful to you and shall never forget your love and kindness.

V.E. Stratton - September 2018