COPING WITH YOUR LOSS

Grief can be devastating, exhausting, and seem impossible to overcome. We see many individuals and families facing this uphill struggle, and it is our privilege to try and make the journey that little bit easier. Concerned by how cold and business-like many funeral directors are, when Jo started Albany Funerals it was with a vision that all visitors will receive a warm and genuine welcome and all the time necessary to plan the funeral that is right for them.

The premises are bright and homely – nothing like the stereotype funeral directors – and Pix, our friendly dog, is often around if you’d like to see her. Do not feel rushed; pop in and see us, if you phone ahead we’ll arrange a time to meet that is convenient for you.

Bereavement support and resources

Marie Curie Bereavement Support

A host of resources if your bereavement was expected, happened recently or was some time ago, including practical help and counselling.                                                                        Helpline 0800 090 2309

AtaLoss   

A comprehensive hub of support services, information, helplines and helpful reads for anyone who has been bereaved.

Beyond Words 

Books, e-books and downloadable resources for people who find it easier to understand pictures than words, including people with learning difficulties. Topics like ‘Getting on with cancer’, ‘When Mum died’ and ‘When Dad died’.

Compassionate Friends 

 A charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have suffered the death of a child or children.                                      Helpline: 0345 123 2304

Cruse Bereavement Care 

Provides bereavement support, either face-to-face or over the phone, from trained volunteers around the UK. Calls to this helpline are free.                                                                Helpline: 0808 808 1677

Our Frontline

Offers free and confidential 24/7 mental health and bereavement support to all key workers, and bereavement and trauma support to health, social care and emergency services staff.

Call 0300 303 4434 free and in confidence, 8am to 8pm seven days a week.

The Good Grief Trust

A national network of support run by the bereaved, for the bereaved. The Good Grief Trust brings together over 800 UK support services for those grieving and the professionals working with them, offering early signposting to a choice of tailored help.

WAY (Widowed & Young) Foundation

WAY is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age. It runs activities and support groups for people coping with grief.

 

 

 

Bereavement support for children and young adults

Child Bereavement UK  

Ideas for teachers in schools as well as parents and children. Their website includes guides and information on bereavement for schools, from early years to higher education.
Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

Childhood Bereavement Network

Offers information about local support services. The organisation’s free Growing in Grief Awareness programme helps schools plan ahead to support pupils facing or coping with bereavement.

Childline

Supports children and young people with a range of issues, including mental health, bullying and family problems.
0800 1111

Grief Encounter 

Supports bereaved children and teenagers, working closely with individuals, families, schools and professionals to offer a way through the anxiety, fear and isolation so often caused by grief. Support includes one-to-one counselling, group workshops, music, art and drama therapy and residentials and Family Fun Days.                                                                                                            020 8371 8455

Hope Again 

A website designed for young people by young people who have been bereaved (part of Cruse Bereavement Care).
0808 808 1677

Sibling Support 

A website tool which provides resources for children who are coping with the death of a brother or sister.
0800 02 888 40

Winston’s Wish

A child bereavement charity which offers specialist practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.                                                                                 08088 020 021

Holding On Letting Go

A local Kent-based charity supporting grieving children and their families.  They run non-residential bereavement support weekends for children, staffed by trained volunteers.              03445 611 511.

 

Need to Talk?

The GriefChat service was created by bereavement experts and by clicking on the GriefChat box at the bottom of this page, you can chat directly to a specially trained bereavement counsellor.

GriefChat counsellors are experienced in supporting bereaved people and will listen to your story, explore how your grief is affecting you and help you to find any additional support you might need.

 

When can I get GriefChat?

GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm or by email out of these hours.

You can access it by clicking on the icon on the bottom right of your screen.

 

 

Albany Coffee Mornings/Afternoons

Adjusting to new circumstances whilst trying to manage the tidal wave of emotions that grief brings can be a lonely place in the months that follow a bereavement, particularly of a spouse. This is why we decided to start coffee mornings and afternoons for the bereaved. Our Maidstone morning group has now been running for almost 10 years, and our Ashford afternoon group has just started. It’s a friendly place, where cakes are eaten, coffee and tea are served in abundance, tears are shed, laughter is heard, recipes exchanged, support is given and even friendships are forged. It has been a true lifeline for some, and for others an excuse to get out and have a chat and a cup of tea with people who truly understand how they are feeling.

UPDATE:

Due to a lack of space and the concerns surrounding crowded indoor spaces during Coronavirus, we have sadly had to suspend our coffee morning meet-ups for the time being.  However, we will continue to hold occasional get-togethers either outside or at other venues.  If you are interested in joining us – please get in touch and we will add you to our contact list.

Coffee Morning Dates MAIDSTONE 

 Sadly we have had to postpone our coffee morning gatherings during the pandemic but we will let you know as soon as we are able to restart them. 

Coffee Morning Dates ASHFORD 

 Sadly we have had to postpone our coffee morning gatherings during the pandemic but we will let you know as soon as we are able to restart them.

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

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

Bereavement is a difficult and stressful time, but from our first meeting we were cared for in a compassionate way and given time to consider our wishes with no pressure. Sam was caring and reassuring, completely putting our minds at rest over every little detail. Albany provided an excellent service from the start. The team were friendly, respectful and nothing was too much trouble. I would have no hesitation in recommending them!

Paula

Some of the group on our outing to Hastings.  We had fish and chips, ice cream and sunshine!

Watch our 2016 Balloon Release

Each year we hold a remembrance event, attended by hundreds of families and friends who we have served. Here is a short video from October 1st 2016 when Albany Funerals had its Annual Balloon Release to give those who are grieving an opportunity to remember loved ones and raise money for charity. It was a special day.  Since we realised that even biodegradable balloons can cause serious damage to animals and wildlife, we started our Wall of Remembrance events – our first one in September 2018 was a great success

Our 2018 Wall of Remembrance event – Boughton Monchelsea

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 branch in Great Chart, just outside of Ashford has also been open since January 2018. We have plenty of free parking. Please contact us on either number for information.

More Info

  Albany info booklet2021

 Arranging a Funeral

 Myths About Funerals

  Funeral Wishes Form

    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
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