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Serving Kent & East Sussex from our key locations in Ashford and Maidstone

Albany Funerals is an award-winning, affordable and independent funeral provider, bringing the highest standards of service to families across the whole of Kent, and beyond. Recommended in the Good Funeral Guide and led by Jo Williamson, we have grown significantly over the last eight years as more and more families recommend how we work to others.
At a time when it’s extremely hard to think clearly, our expertise is in helping you to understand all the options available to you, so that the funeral is the very best it can be. Being independent of the big chains means we can offer the best care, value and ethics without compromise.


Albany Funerals, winners of the Funeral Director of the year category at The AGFD Good Funeral Awards.

Please take a moment to read our full review in the Good Funeral Guide

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Our Funerals

Traditional Funerals

The best of traditional practice combined with excellent service and all in the most personal of ways.

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Modern Funerals

Innovative celebrations of life at beautiful venues in addition to more traditional venues such as crematorium and church.

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Low Cost Funerals

There are helpful and simple options which not only save money but offer an excellent way of having a funeral

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What Makes Us Different?

Award Winning

Recognised nationally by The Good Funeral Awards and Natwest Everywoman Awards for exceptional service

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Being independent of the big chains means we can offer the best care, value and ethics without compromise

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Transparent prices and campaigning to end Funeral Poverty as Member of Fair Funerals

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Forward Thinking

Offering Traditional, Modern and Low-Cost funerals and the best of traditional practice combined with fresh thinking

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Serving Kent

Covering the whole county, from Tunbridge Wells to Maidstone, Sevenoaks to Canterbury, Ashford to Dover, and further afield

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Jo started Albany Funerals determined that Kent would have a Funeral Director whose service is rooted in honesty and integrity

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Our Google Reviews

  • Dave L. Avatar

    Thank you so much for organizing service for my Auntie, The customer service was excellent from talking to Jo and to the service itself. Many people afterwards commented to say they had never been to a service like that before friendly, bespoken and a very good celebration to the end of Joyce’s life. So a very special thank you to Sue Clinch for conducting the service.
    regards David And Sheila.

    Dave L. 01/11/19
  • minimovieworld a. Avatar

    I don't know how you could get a better service from anyone quite honestly. And very reasonable costs - you don't feel at all like anyone is taking advantage of you. Really really nice people. Totally recommend 100%.

    minimovieworld a. 13/06/19
  • Tracey F. Avatar

    Friendly and helpful service offering all types of funerals from the traditional to a personal bespoke ceremony
    Absolutely would recommend to everyone

    Tracey F. 19/03/19
  • Kevin A. Avatar

    Albany funerals were absolutely brilliant from the day we walked their offices. They handled everything perfectly for me and my family and I cannot recommend them highly enough. It is obviously are horrible time for everyone but Jo and Matthew made it a whole lot easier. Thank you to you both.

    Kevin A. 20/08/19
  • Kandyce B. Avatar

    I simply could not recommend Albany enough, we have just used their services for my beloved Nans funeral and they were so friendly, professional and could not do enough for us to make the day go as smoothly and stress free as possible! Thank you so so much, lovely kind people and fantastic service! X

    Kandyce B. 05/03/20
  • Lee S. Avatar

    Earlier this year I had the sadly lost my mum, a close friend recommended Albany funerals.
    I can not pass on this recommendation with enough credit, they were very accommodating, and met our every need.
    I received numerous comments on how well the service and day proceeded.
    I wanted, as anyone would, to give my mum a send off she would appreciate and this company hit the mark in every level.
    It’s a sad thought I may have to organise such an occasion again but Albany will be my first port of call, professional, friendly, accommodating to say the least.
    Highly recommend

    Lee S. 20/06/19
  • Infanta F. Avatar

    I don't know how you could get a better service from anyone quite honestly. And very reasonable costs - you don't feel at all like anyone is taking advantage of you. Really really nice people. Totally recommend 100%.

    Infanta F. 13/06/19
  • timothy m. Avatar

    What can I say but Thank you to Matthew, Angela and Anisa, for the most amazing care and compassion shown through these difficult few weeks. We chose Albany as they are an ethical company and provide the most first class service. Their care and compassion is second to none.
    Nothing was too much problem. And even when I couldn't cope in a difficult situation and needed a chat Angela was there to listen and to chat.
    Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts for the care you've given to Nan/ Mum these last few weeks. We have no hesitation to recommend Albany Funeral service.

    timothy m. 10/03/20
  • Lynda M. Avatar

    Thanks to Anisa @ Matthew for making a bad day better for saying goodbye to my Husband.

    Lynda M. 01/02/20

What our Customers say...

It’s quite hard to put into words how grateful we are to Jo and Albany for how much support they gave to my family and especially my mum after my dad died.
I’m sure we weren’t unusual in wanting something personal and to do our best for Dad and Jo not only juggled all our ideas, but also had some great suggestions herself as she gently guided us through the process, making it as easy as it could be. She brings a huge amount of care, warmth and confidence which in a very tough time, we needed and made us feel very special.
To this day, my mum regularly attends the Albany Coffee Mornings for many of the widows and widowers, so Jo’s generosity and compassion doesn’t just end there…
Totally recommend and will be forever grateful.

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We had never had to contact a Funeral Director before so wasn't really sure where to start. My father had left fairly specific instructions as to the sort of funeral he wanted. We spoke to a few Funeral Directors who were very polite but we felt that they were more interested in us fitting in with what they offered. We then, fortunately, spoke to Jo and Sam at Albany and made an appointment to go and see them. From the outset, we liked how they wanted to help us arrange the funeral that Dad wanted rather than a funeral which fitted in with a 'package'. Our decision to appoint Albany was a very easy one to make and it made our lives easier at such a difficult time.
All the staff at Albany were extremely efficient and considerate at all times. My father's wishes were carried out perfectly, we cannot thank them all enough and wish them every success for the future.

Kerry Read More

My late husband had very clear ideas about the type of funeral service that he wanted after his death, and he spent lots of time making decisions and finding the right people to support us in creating the perfect humanist celebration of his life. Jo was instrumental in helping us to achieve this and always took a positive approach, helping us to find exactly the right format for the service.
We found ourselves in a very difficult situation when the venue that my late husband chose for his own funeral let us down with no notice after his death. Since my husband did not want the service to take place in a church or crematorium, we had found it quite difficult to find exactly the right venue, so this created a significant problem. Jo responded with complete professionalism and within a couple of hours she had made a suggestion for an alternative venue. We were able to visit the venue and we confirmed the change the next day, after which Jo took over seamlessly. The last minute cancellation of our venue was immensely upsetting but Jo’s professional approach ensured that everything went according to plan despite the last minute relocation.
Jo and her team emanate kindness, compassion, and respect. They were reliable and efficient, and they went over and above to ensure that my husband’s funeral service was everything he wanted it to be.
We could not have chosen a better funeral director.

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Get in Touch

Please feel free to contact us at any time, whether to discuss your options, to seek our advice or to simply ask any questions you might have.

We regularly serve the whole of Kent and also more widely across the UK when requested.

Our new branch in Great Chart, just outside of Ashford Is now open. Please contact us on either number for information.

More Info

 Info Brochure
 Arranging a Funeral
 Myths About Funerals

Our Offices

Albany Funerals Maidstone
669 Loose Road,
Kent ME15 9UX
01622 746 688
[email protected]

Albany Funerals Ashford
1, New Street Farm,
Chilmington Green Road,
Great Chart,
Ashford, TN23 3DL
01233 650 746
[email protected]

Opening Times

Offices are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

We are available to help 24/7