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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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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 week 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

2 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

2 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

2 weeks ago

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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

1 month ago

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Dealing with Covid-19 deaths ... See MoreSee Less

 

Our Google Reviews

  • 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
  • A G. 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.

    A G. 01/11/19
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A G. 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

    A G. 05/03/20
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    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

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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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

We could never have wished for anyone more perfect to help us plan John’s farewell. Under impossible circumstances, it’s been a pleasure meeting you. Your incredible warmth and support has made this time as easy as we believe it could have been . A big thank you to all of you.

Sue 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,
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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