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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 decade 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.

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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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Simple 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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Independent

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

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Affordable

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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Ethical

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

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From Facebook

1 day ago

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It’s #worldbookday so we are joining in and recommending two books for you. The first is called Delicacy, A Memoir About Cake and Death, a book written by @really_katywix - who we love! Our order has been placed as it’s not out until mid April. The second is a book called The Authenticity Project by @clare_pooley - this book is pure joy, a solid 10 out of 10! It’s proven that reading can help in so many ways including reducing stress and anxiety so choose a book and disappear from any turmoil swirling around you into reading and mindfulness. 💗 ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

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On the day Peter retired he popped his hat and cane here and we have not moved them since. We still call out good morning to him! Peter was integral to the team when we started but he’s now enjoying retirement to the full. We are very fortunate to be surrounded and supported by a wonderful team. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

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Can you believe it’s 1st of March? Happy St David’s Day to our Welsh followers too. The spring flowers are so joyful, our hellebores are looking great. Did you know they represent serenity, tranquility and peace? We wish that to everyone for March - and onwards throughout 2021. 🌸 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Friday saw the last of the icy snow (thank goodness!). It was a bright, crisp morning as Matthew gingerly led our beautiful hearse out and onwards to Vinters Park Crematorium. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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There is light at the end of the tunnel, we must believe this and stay quietly strong. Sending love and peace to all our followers, friends, suppliers and neighbours. 💗 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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Forty Hall Estate is a beautiful Jacobean manor nestled in leafy grounds, north of London. It’s always a pleasure to host memorial services at this stunning venue. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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St Mary’s Church, West Malling looking beautiful in the afternoon light today. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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This masterpiece started off as a simple cardboard coffin. It was transformed by a family member (through blood, sweat and tears I believe) and managed to capture the very soul of the person they lost. A free spirit who loved her family fiercely and lived her life in tune with the tides of the sea on her doorstep. We share these pictures with their permission. This pandemic has made it even harder for people to grieve - there are so many restrictions on funerals and on our natural instincts of coming together to support one another. Not everyone is an artist but there are so many ways to express love if we are given the opportunity. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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During the pandemic we’ve seen lots of new on-line funeral companies pop up out of nowhere offering direct cremation services at cheap prices (where you are not present at the crematorium). Please be careful and think to ask questions (list at the end of the blog is a good guide) before going ahead. Our direct cremations still come with all the advice, care and help as our more formal funerals. You have the choice of crematorium and you can come and spend time with the person who has died before the cremation.On today's blog, we look at a new phenomenon in the world of funerals - the online companies offering a shiny solution to the difficult problems caused by death.https://www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk/2021/02/disruptors-not-always-a-good-thing/ ... See MoreSee Less

 

Our Google Reviews

  • anne a. Avatar

    Jo was such a support. In this unusual time she went over and above in providing everything we wanted to mark the passing of my mother. I am so glad that we choose Albany

    anne a. 12/06/20
  • Angelica C. 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%.

    Angelica C. 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
  • 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
  • Kevin A. Avatar

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

    Kevin A. 04/08/20
  • A G. 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%.

    A G. 13/06/19
  • t 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.

    t 10/03/20
  • t C. 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 my hearts for the care you've given to Nan these last few weeks. We have no hesitation to recommend Albany Funeral service.

    t C. 27/04/20
  • t 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 my hearts for the care you've given to Nan these last few weeks. We have no hesitation to recommend Albany Funeral service.

    t 27/04/20

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.

Jacqui Read More

Our heartfelt and sincere thanks go to our and your team for such a lovely celebration of the life of Malcolm. It was absolutely perfect and we could not have hoped for a better send off for a man who has inspired many and of whom we are immensely proud. The flowers were stunning and all your hard work in making everything happen like clockwork will always be remembered. With our best wishes to you and your team of ‘gems’.

Sue & David Read More

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

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

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book Arranging a Funeral
book Myths About Funerals

Our Offices

Albany Funerals Maidstone
669 Loose Road,
Maidstone,
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

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