Welcome to Heart
& Soul Funerals

We are an award-winning family owned funeral directors and funeral celebrants in Buckfastleigh and Totnes, serving families across South and Mid Devon including Ashburton, Torbay, Plymouth, Exeter, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot.

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We care for you

Birte, Simon, Paul and Jane are ready to care for you and the close circle of the person who has died.

Heart & Soul Funerals (formerly known as Green Fuse) is an award winning funeral company. Modern and independent, our aim is to help you to create whatever kind of funeral is just right for each person. These reflect the life, character and beliefs of the person who has died.

We undertake all types of funeral, modern and traditional, at the crematorium, in our lovely stone barn by the Dart River, in church, at Sharpham Meadow and other natural burial sites. And at other venues, hotels, community halls, at home, on boats.

Our most popular funeral option now is to have a service in our beautiful ceremony hall by the River Dart, followed by the gathering after and then an unattended or witnessed cremation early the following morning. The saving made on the cremation fee of up to £500 more than compensates for the additional time and Riverstone fee. These funerals tend to be less formal and, without time constraints, more relaxed. You can decorate the hall and make it special, adding to the atmosphere.

We will be gentle, thoughtful and inclusive in all aspects of the support we provide. We will listen to you. We want to know about the person who has died so we can help you to tailor the funeral for them. Being able to talk to us about the person gives you time to think about them and share stories, to sum up their life and through this to stimulate ideas for their funeral. It can be a beautiful and heartfelt process.

We are transparent in our pricing, charging our fees then everything else we provide for you at cost.

Our beautiful and peaceful funeral home by the River Dart is available for meetings, vigils and funerals. We only have one funeral in a day, so there is no time pressure.

We provide our services in Totnes, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and surrounding areas to Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey, Torbay, Exeter, Ivybridge, Plymouth.

We recommend that you spend a few minutes reading our helpsheet What To Do When Someone Dies.

Fair & Transparent

We offer good value as well as an exceptional level of care. You will find all our pricing competitive and transparent without any compromise on quality. We charge our fees, and everything else we buy or book for you we charge at cost. There are no hidden fees. We believe this should be the industry standard.

We are proud to be awarded Fair Funerals Funeral Director Of The Month

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Heart And Soul Funerals is owned by Jane Morrell and Simon Smith, Green Fuse Ltd, Riverstone, Dart Mills, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0NF.

We make no donations to funeral related third parties.


We have our beautiful funeral home by the River Dart, with the most modern facilities to care for the person who has died. Family and friends can gather together in the beautiful ceremony room for the funeral, vigil and wake. This gives a real alternative for those who want to hold the funeral in a more flexible and intimate setting away from the crematorium.

Our Story

With Heart & Soul Funerals you are choosing a value led family owned and run company. Not born and bred into the funeral sector, we (Jane Morrell and Simon Smith) came gradually into this work with a passion fired by our own experiences of close deaths and poor funeral experiences. We decided to improve the quality of funerals by

1) setting up an excellent and flexible local funeral company (Heart & Soul);

2) establishing Green Fuse Training to train funeral celebrants to write and lead more personal and meaningful funerals which still contain strong ritual elements;

3) and training a new generation of funeral directors in modern and flexible approaches to working with clients. Over 800 people across the UK and beyond have trained with us.

4) Writing the book 'We Need To Talk About The Funeral' to empower people with more information about funerals (see book below).


Our Recent Testimonials

We pride ourselves on the feedback we receive. Please call 01803 840779 or 01364 643522 to discuss anything.

  • Alan
    Thank you both very much for all your arrangements and contributions last Saturday. The whole day was a rich fulfilment of Jean's wishes, and enabled a very varied "congregation" to join in, just as Jean had envisaged. The skilful blending of symbolic candles, sung and spoken words and the chosen music was really powerful and reminiscent for so many people of their connections with Jean, and one another: and the immediate transfer of the video to Ann enabled her to bring even the distant family into the spirit of the day. The burning fire on arrival and the ceremony on the hillside emphasised the element of naturality, not forgetting the excellent refreshments to round off the day.
  • Jude Bishop
    Thank you so much, Simon, for all the thoughtful and kind attention you, Lilah and Hannah gave us as we prepared for Dad’s funeral. I particularly appreciated: Lilah’s respectful kindness when she came to collect Dad and when we sat with him at Riverstone; The text messages from you, which felt very holding; The time you gave us to help prepare for the ceremony; The steady presence you provided as you gently steered us through the ceremony; Being given the candle afterwards which I often light; And not least, your sense of humour!
    Jude Bishop
  • Anne Kimber
    Thanks so much for everything you did to help make Pauline’s send-off really special. Everyone loved the venue, layout, and how the ceremony was conducted, and the coffin was wonderful – they were all quite amazed by it! The catering was brilliant and well worth the hassle to get it looking so professional. Everyone was hugely appreciative of the end result. I think Pauline would have greatly enjoyed the occasion. Who knows, maybe she was up there somewhere looking down on us with a twinkle in her eye!
    Anne Kimber
  • Thank you very much for arranging and creating the space so that we could have my mother’s funeral in exactly the way that felt right for us. It was a great way to say goodbye in an intimate and family-friendly way, and for us to affirm our connection with each other and with life.
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