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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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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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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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This is a lovely article showing that the clergy are also adapting positively and creatively to this terrible situation. We need to change our rituals to stay safe but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any less healing. Those who are willing to accept some changes are able to continue to hold truly personal and meaningful funeral ceremonies. We are working with each family individually to find new ways of doing things to bring them comfort in their unique situation. It can be done ♥️…
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For all those who have died during the pandemic ♥️
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3 weeks ago

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Grief during coronavirus - lockdown is particularly tough when you're grieving. Being surrounded by family and friends is so vital when you've lost someone you love. Hopefully you are still able to stay connected to others in some way, If you are struggling - some telephone/video grief counselling might help. It's difficult to 'unload' dark feelings onto family and friends, particularly those who might also be grieving, but it does really help to talk.
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My thoughts on funerals through coronavirus on NBC. We are often told that we only have once chance to say goodbye to and honour our loved ones.... I think we can look at this differently, and learn to hold rituals in other ways than we are used to, particularly during these times. They can still be healing. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

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‘That thing you’re feeling is called grief’...This is one of the wisest things I’ve heard in a while. Thank you Hugh
at GK Church for your kindness, and your comforting, and incredibly insightful words through such turbulent times. 🌈
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Another beautiful idea bringing people comfort when they cannot come together in their grief during the Covid pandemic. ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Google Reviews

  • 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
  • M C. Avatar

    I lost my husband just on a year ago, and at that time, the care and compassion shown by Matthew and his team can never be given high enough praise, especially as it was a time of great sorrow for me after 20 years together. The dignity and respect shown to both me and my late Eric was without doubt of the highest. Eric was given the funeral he wanted - very small, private and intimate - in the Albany Chapel of Rest. In September 2018, Albany held their "Wall of Remembrance" event at a local village hall, and that was very poignant for me as it was 6 months to the day of Eric's passing. Almost on the 1st anniversary of Eric's death, I will be attending my first Coffee Morning at Albany. These events show they care about not only lost loved ones, but also those left behind, and help them cope with the loss. I was lucky to find such wonderful people to help me.Thank you again to Matthew and team, I will never forget your kindness.

    M C. 25/03/19
  • Mark B. Avatar

    Met Kim at the Ashford office. A very homely and welcoming experience. A real delight at such a sad and difficult time. She was very efficient with the paper work and we felt so relaxed - we kept her there talking for ages. Thank you Kim. I would not hesitate in recommending Albany to our friends, family, anyone.

    Mark B. 15/08/18
  • Nicole G. Avatar

    I'm so glad we chose Albany Funeral directors as their care of my fathers cremation has been superb especially in these times of COVID 19 restrictions.
    The quality of the Avon Ashes Casket would make my dad proud.
    I just wish to say a big thank to Jo for the personal finishing touches, 12 hour candles, cards and sweet pea seeds to plant in remembrance.

    Nicole G. 21/04/20
  • Luke A. Avatar

    I the last 3 months, sadly we have had to call on the services of Albany.
    The team are amazing, I think service like this is hard to come by in this modern corporate world. To have this family run business able to provide you with this level of contact and personalisation was a refreshing change.
    They where always at the end of the phone to answer questions and explain the processes and legal jargon. I never had to chase them, call backs were never more than a few minutes, with an apology and an explanation at to why the call was not answered immediately.
    You get to know all the staff on a first name basis and you can see that it is so important to them you get to send off your loved one in the manor you desired.
    I will no doubt be taking them up on there remembrance and celebration events.
    Will only use Albany from this point on.

    Luke A. 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
  • Lee M. Avatar

    Made the loss of my wife as bearable as it could be their service throughout was superb. thank you.

    Lee M. 08/08/19
  • 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
  • Lynda M. Avatar

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

    Lynda M. 01/02/20

Upon my brother's death we felt a great vacuum and sadness in our lives and the thought of choosing a Funeral Director was an unwelcome necessity but an obviously important one. We had attended a funeral earlier that year and I was impressed at the smoothness of the proceedings. I found out it was Albany and we made enquiries.
Straightaway we were welcomed into a very relaxing meeting room and put at ease with Jo's sensitive caring and attentive approach. There was also a genuine feeling that she empathised with our grief and that she would do all that she could to make the funeral into what we wanted. There was no time pressure and she offered advice and support for the children and what may or may not be suitable. When you are in shock and grieving it is almost impossible to think clearly, yet Jo steered us through the issues and we were instantly happy to accept her help.
She ran through many options including a cardboard coffin, which the children decorated.
The staff were very friendly and supportive, punctual and providing the vital support on the funeral day.
When you have someone like Jo helping, you appreciate the vital importance in getting an occasion such as this right. We cannot praise Jo and all at Albany highly enough and would recommend her to provide the right balance and care at such a sad occasion.

Stephen 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

Albany Funerals looked after my father's funeral in November 2014 and the care and sensitivity with which Jo handled matters for us and supported the family was exemplary. Jo manages to tread the perfect line between professionalism and compassion and during the time she helped us made me completely re-assess my preconceptions of the role of funeral director.

Tim 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

book Info Brochure
book Arranging a Funeral
book 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