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Dealing with Covid-19 deaths

Full story from: BBC South East https://twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/status/1352526923063304192?s=21
1st February 2021
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Temporary morgue set up in Aylesford

Temporary morgue in Aylesford Picture: Barry Goodwin Article by Kent Online 11 January...
1st February 2021
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Creature Comfort

Credit: BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-kent-51773634
1st February 2021
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What if I kill someone at a funeral?’ Undertakers struggle to cope with coronavirus death toll and shortage of PPE

Click here to read the full story from independent By @mjcritchleyTuesday 21 April 2020 15:15 As with many frontline workers, a lack of...
13th May 2020
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Government urged to ban funerals during coronavirus outbreak as pressure mounts on undertakers

Click here to read the full story from the Telegraph.co.uk By Jaymi McCann 29 March 2020 • 11:21pm Funeral directors are facing strain on...
12th May 2020
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Honouring the Dead

https://www.facebook.com/NBCNews/videos/250567586143837/ Credit: NBC News Jo Williamson, owner and director of Albany Funerals was asked by NBC...
12th May 2020
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Coronavirus Kent: Funeral directors say they are starting to feel the impact of Covid-19

Click here to read the full story from the Kent Online By Liane Castle  08 April 2020 15:10 Jo Williamson, the owner of Albany Funerals in...
12th May 2020
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Albany wall of remembrance

https://www.facebook.com/kentfunerals/videos/339691096601350/ Our wall of remembrance video - with music by Dominique. Dove release by Beau Doves....
12th May 2020
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Watch our 2016 Balloon Release

Up until recent years, we held an annual Balloon Release event, attended by hundreds of families and friends who we have served. Here is a short video...
13th February 2020
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Good Funeral Awards 2019

The AGFD Good Funeral Awards were held this year at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Hythe, Kent, on 19 October – hosted by the Association of...
29th October 2019
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“I don’t know what to do with my wife’s ashes”

In another article from the helpful and honest Guardian serial, Adam Golightly (pseudonym), describes the challenge it is to decide what to do with...
31st May 2017
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What makes life worth living in the face of death?

In this powerful Ted talk, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi reflects on what makes life worth living and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young...
25th May 2017
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Replace ‘shoulds’ with ‘wants’

We’re not offended when people ask us, ‘How can you do what you do? Isn’t it really sad?’ It’s true, we see a lot of sadness and this isn’t...
7th April 2017
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Prince Harry isn’t wrong

Sometimes I’m asked why we blog and contribute to the discussion about death and dying, as though our real job is something else. At Albany, we have a...
31st March 2017
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How do we speak to children about grief?

I am passionate that we help children through grief and speak to children about grief in the best way possible. Sadly, the legacy of a culture which shut...
25th March 2017
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Finding life in a hospice

We work closely with the team at local hospices not least because we are often serving the same families. When someone has been given a life-limiting...
24th March 2017
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Seasons

It's a beautiful time of the year, as we see one season end and another one begins. Yesterday on a walk we took this picture, struck by how it captures...
22nd March 2017
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Six Myths To Bust About Funerals – Part Six

18th February 2017
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Six Myths To Bust About Funerals – Part Five

17th February 2017
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Six Myths To Bust About Funerals – Part Four

17th February 2017
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From Facebook

2 weeks ago

Albany Funerals
With the coronavirus restrictions still limiting funerals to 30 people, being able to offer a live stream of the service has made such a difference to many of our clients. We've had friends and family members from all over the world joining us on their screens from the comfort and safety of their own homes, and also even fully participating in 'Zoom' funerals. Some are still a bit skeptical but we honestly find that the experience has been mostly positive, and offered a real lifeline in some situations. Here is a little video prepared by one of the celebrants we work with which offers some great insight and advice on how to get the most out of attending a funeral via live-stream or Zoom. Thank you Marc Lemezma. https://vimeo.com/531153582 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Albany Funerals
The team at Albany are proud to be Dementia Friends Champions and we are a Dementia Friendly business. Dementia Friends are trained volunteers who encourage others to learn a little bit about dementia. Champions run Information Sessions in their community and inspire others to help those living with dementia live well.If you register your organisation with Dementia Friends, you will get access to resources and information aimed at helping members of your organisation understand dementia and how it may affect a person.For further information head to Dementia UK Dementia Friends or Building a Dementia Friendly Maidstone. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Albany Funerals
Our branch in Great Chart, just outside of Ashford is within a beautiful converted barn on New Street farm which was previously a fully working farm. When visiting Albany you can be assured of a warm welcome in peaceful and relaxing surroundings. As you can see our bereavement dog, Pix, rather likes standing at the front door watching the world go by. Please contact us on 01233 650746 if you require further information. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Albany Funerals
Rather than a traditional service did you know you can organise an unattended cremation? For some the formal ceremony at a crematorium is not feasible, too costly, unbearable or has no meaning in a space that can feel disconnected to the person who died. An unattended cremation enables you to arrange a celebration of your loved one’s life at a venue of your own choice where you can say goodbye with scattering of ashes, or not.This type of memorial gives you the opportunity, with more time and space, to add personal and creative aspects to saying farewell. At Albany we embrace this option wholeheartedly, there are so many ways of saying goodbye, we want people to know there are choices and families do not have to be constricted by tradition. The images are of an unattended cremation, at all times our staff and the staff at Vinters Park Crematorium treat the departed with peaceful dignity.In this instance the family held an afternoon tea around the coffin in the beautiful lounge space at our Ashford premises, they shared laughter, anecdotes and photographs whilst listening to favourite songs and reminiscing, it was a very special afternoon. (Photos shared with permission and government guidelines were observed). ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Albany Funerals
Advice for us all, delivered in a beautiful, personal and poignant little clip. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Albany Funerals
Despite the light drizzle this was a beautiful service at Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground celebrating the life of a much loved Mother. The flowers from Star & The Rose were stunning and seamlessly complemented the surroundings. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Albany Funerals
Today marks one year since the first national lockdown. The team at Albany will participate in a minute’s silence to show support to those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Albany Funerals
Just received my pre-order of this amazing book co-written by my friend and fellow progressive funeral director Louise Winter. First quick thumb through revealed this little gem - The Unsaid. #theunsaid Available:We all know how this ends: Lessons about life and living from working with death and dying https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1472966813/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_8FNHPNF1TNZMCA4SV1GE ... See MoreSee Less
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