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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated April 2021

As we come out of lock-down again, please rest assured that we are still here to help you 24/7.  For funerals, the restrictions mostly stay the same, meaning that funeral services can go ahead in COVID-19 secure venues only, with a maximum number of 30 people present (excluding funeral staff).  Social distancing rules apply, meaning people from different households or ‘bubbles’ still have to remain two metres apart.  It is now compulsory to wear face coverings in any indoor venue where a funeral is taking place, except in case of exemptions. Memorial events such as interments and scatterings of ashes can now take place with up to 15 people attending.

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have managed to adapt to the restrictions placed on funerals to provide smaller but still meaningful ceremonies.  We have also found that families we have worked with have generally adapted well and have sometimes even preferred the intimacy of only having immediate family members present, with the intention of holding a more inclusive get together at a later and safer time, also in the knowledge that their grief will be a little less raw.  The webcast facilities to live stream funerals at crematoria have been used widely and have been well received by those who are unable to attend the service.

Even the smaller numbers of mourners allowed at each service still mean that there could be hundreds of people moving through a crematorium chapel in one day, and it’s very difficult to clean effectively between each service.  The requirement to wear face coverings will mitigate the risks but we would recommend choosing the earlier time slots in the day.  This might be less convenient, but it will be a lot safer as it ensures that you will be one of the first groups people to sit on the seats after a more thorough clean of the evening before, therefore minimising the risks as much as possible.  This will not suit everybody, and we can work with you to find the most convenient time for you.

As we are a ‘front-line’ service, we are currently now operating on an appointment only basis in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.  We can offer phone/zoom/skype assistance to anyone who prefer to stay at home, or we can visit you in your home (or garden, weather permitting), or we can arrange visits to our premises for small groups.

All of the Crematoria below have webcasting facilities available which means that you can arrange for other friends and family members to watch the service remotely.  Fees differ from site to site but are always below £100.

Please note that singing and touching the coffin are still not allowed in order to limit the spread of the virus.  It is also discouraged to publish obituary notices with details of funerals which might lead to well meaning friends or neighbours arriving unannounced at the crematorium.

Wakes are now only permitted for up to 15 people at Covid Secure locations. Travel is permitted for funerals and mourners may stay overnight in hotels, although they might require a letter from your funeral director to confirm the need for your stay.

Most crematoria are now allowing up to 30 mourners, however this is dependent on the space they have to allow social distancing – please refer to numbers below or their individual websites for more detailed updates.

Vinters Park – 30 people

http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/home/other-services/burials-and-cremations/primary-areas/vinters-park-crematorium

 

Charing – 29 people

https://www.charing-crematorium.co.uk/

 

Medway – 30 people

https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200157/deaths/50/medway_crematorium

 

Garden of England (Bobbing) – 30 people

The Garden of England Crematorium

Thames View, Gravesend – 30 people

Thames View Crematorium and Cemetery

Barham – 23 people

https://www.barham-crematorium.co.uk/

 

Hawkinge – 30 people

https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/crematoria-and-cemeteries/about-us/covid-19/

 

Kent and Sussex – 22 people or 30 people sitting in household groups

http://kentandsussexcrematorium.com/crematorium/

Churches have also now reopened for funerals but each one is working at it’s own discretion for numbers of mourners up to the limit of 30 people, and other restrictions, depending on the size of the Church and the individual Minister’s situation.  Please ask us and we will find this out for you on a case by case basis.  Please see the link below for detailed information on funerals in churches during COVID-19:

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/COVID%2019%20Advice%20on%20Conducting%20Funerals%20v2%20links.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july

Please refer to the current government restrictions on funerals for more information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

 

If you have any questions about coronavirus/COVID-19 and funerals, or any advice or guidance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we are here to help 24/7.

by calling 01622 746688, 01233 650746 or by emailing

[email protected]

This blog documents all sorts of ideas to honour the person who has died during these impossible times, hopefully you will find something that resonates with you.  Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us by phone or email so that we can discuss options with you and help you find a way forward that works for you.



Please read our guest blog post on the Good Funeral Guide Website below on we can redefine how we actually say goodbye to our loved ones to help us cope with these difficult decisions:

 

 

By choosing a funeral with us, your wishes take priority and your choices are central.  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. We aim to empower and support as much or as little as you need – you will not experience any selling or pushing for anything you do not want.

Here’s what the Good Funeral Guide says about us:

“Jo will arrange exactly the funeral you want. Albany are unique in the area in being perfectly able to provide either a completely traditional funeral, or a totally bespoke one. If it’s a traditional funeral that you want, you can be reassured that the turnout is as smart as it gets. And if you want a very personal, individual event then Jo will be able to offer you as many suggestions as you feel comfortable with. You’ll never be overwhelmed though, she’s exceptionally good at listening to people and understanding what they need from her.”

 

Our Funeral Prices

We are passionate about offering fair and transparent prices to our customers.  The prices for our services are shown below, we will then add the appropriate church, celebrant, cemetery or cremation and doctors fees.

 

Click Here To see our guide on what to think about when arranging a funeral

Traditional £1995 + Coffin + third party fees

The best of traditional practice combined with excellent service and all in the most personal of ways. Includes our fees - third party fees to be added as appropriate.
The full price of the funeral all inclusive will usually be from £3,200.

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Modern £1995 + Coffin + third party fees

Innovative celebrations of life at beautiful venues in addition to more traditional venues such as crematoria and churches. We aim to keep the cost of these more bespoke ceremonies as near to a traditional funeral as possible. Includes our fees - third party fees to be added as appropriate.
Depending on the chosen venue, the full price of the funeral all inclusive will usually be from £3,400.

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Simple From £1,800 All Inclusive

Includes our professional fees, cremation fees, doctors fees and standard veneer coffin for a non-attended cremation. We can then work with you to create a simple ceremony.
A small service at our premises before the cremation will be £2,600.

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What our Customers say....

I recently used Albany Funerals for my mother's funeral and I could not have asked for more attentive and caring people than Jo and her team. Living in Loose I frequently walked past Albany Funerals and so decided to call them after my mother passed away. That was one of the best decisions I made. Jo immediately made myself and my husband feel at ease when we met her and she has a natural yet unassuming manner when talking about the very sensitive and delicate matter of arranging the funeral of a loved one.
We decided to go for the slightly alternative option of a Direct funeral and Jo helped us along the way of the process and made sure every detail was covered, including helping us to find a beautiful venue for a celebration of Mum's life. Albany led a wonderful celebration, outside in the sunshine on their decking, and everyone said it was perfect for Mum.
I would highly recommend Jo and the whole team at Albany Funerals to help anyone through the emotional but necessary process of arranging a funeral.

Sarah Read More

We as a family had never had to personally deal with such a sad and upsetting situation such as the loss of a parent. Sam and Jo and their team helped and guided us through it with such ease. They made us all feel so welcome any time we called, emailed and visited..... Our Dad's funeral was a special day in our minds and we all look back and feel that it was done with such kindness, professionalism and care. They are a very dedicated hard working group of people that go out of their way to make sure a very sad day is completed with dignity. I believe they deserve a nomination for their work!

Susan Read More

I wanted to let you and your team know how much it has meant to myself and my family, that you have made this most terribly tragic time for us, as bearable as possible.

Your kindness, helpfulness and expertise has been immeasurable in making our last farewell to Jim, a most beautiful celebration of his life.
It was a very dignified and moving ceremony, the best I have ever seen and we are truly grateful to you, Peter the Funeral Director (who really did look after me) and the pallbearers who were solemn, respectful, smart and normal looking. I have been to funerals where the pallbearers look like bouncers from a dodgy club or something out of the Adams Family!

So thank you all for a splendid job. Jim would have been so proud of what we all achieved on his behalf.

Maggie Read More

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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.

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Albany Funerals Maidstone
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