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Funeral Plans

We get asked all the time if we sell funeral plans.  We do, however in most cases, buying a funeral plan is not necessary.  We feel it’s much more important to let your family or friends know what you do or do not want for your funeral. This can really help guide the people who will be making the difficult decisions at the time.  This doesn’t mean that you have to plan every aspect of your funeral, however some pointers will most probably be very welcome.  Sometimes, just one piece of music specified in passing can make all the difference.  There is no need to offer large sums of money up front for something that can be paid directly through the person’s estate at the time of need.  Most funeral plans add on huge admin fees and charges, and the small print will hide the fact that there will always be more to pay at the time of need.

Our funeral wishes form can be a good starting point.  You can download it below or request us to send you one.

NEW Funeral Wishes

In some cases, if an elderly relative is going into care, for example, or you just want to feel that you want to put all your affaires in order, a plan can be helpful.

We can discuss this with you and explain all the options.  If you want to buy a funeral plan, we only recommend Open Prepaid Funeral Plans as we have found them to be fair and ethical.  Please get in touch with us as we can help you with this.

Funeral Plans | Prepaid Funeral Plans | Open Prepaid Funeral Plans (openprepaidfunerals.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

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Albany Funerals

Albany Funerals

Albany Funerals is an award-winning, independent and affordable funeral provider, bringing the highest standards of service to families across the whole of Kent, and beyond. Recommended by the Good Funeral Guide and led by Jo Williamson.

3 days ago

Last week we hosted an innovative workshop expertly designed and run by leading experts in this field, Fran Hall, CEO of The Good Funeral Guide CIC and Isabel Russo, former Head of Ceremonies at Humanists UK and Director of the Good Funeral Guide. Named The Power of Liminal Time, the workshop gently navigated us through a time between life and death that can feel completely overwhelming, projecting us into that space, with the support of a blend of practical advice and emotional insight to prepare and anchor us, thus enabling us to better understand the needs of the person who is dying, but also our own, and those of our wider families. Many of us also felt that we worked through existing grief as we progressed through the 13 steps. In psychology, 'liminal space' defines a period of change between one event and another when you’re gripped by stress and insecurity, and this workshop definitely provides a strong toolkit to empower us to make wise and informed decisions when coping with the death of a person we love. I recommend this to everybody! Just like taking out a life insurance policy, or making a will, working through these emotional and practical complexities before you are bereaved should become as instinctive as it was to our ancestors.Even for people like us working with the bereaved every day, this workshop is a game changer!If you are interested in taking part in a future session, please do get in touch with us.Thank you Fran, and Isabel for this precious day spent together. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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1 week ago

Last week’s views during a beautiful family-led funeral service at the wonderful Crown Lodge nestled in the Wye Downs. Such a feeling of peace. #modernfunerals #ceremonies #celebrationoflife ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

A very emotional day on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who attended our remembrance service, expertly crafted and delivered by Life and Love: Kathryn Sansom, Independent Celebrant with poignant original poetry written by Celebrant Marc - Community Funeral Celebrant, and an inclusive and heart warming blessing by Revd Nicky Harvey. It felt like community therapy and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces. Thank you to all the Albany team who worked so hard to make the event a success. Your commitment and warmth is truly inspiring as always ♥️ Special thanks to celebrants Claire Wiltcher and Becky Mckean for reading the names of our loved ones with such respect and dignity. Thank you to Jo at gardenroomatgoldensquare.com for the unbelievably beautiful spring flowers 🌸. Thank you to everyone who donated to Heart of Kent Hospice. We raised over £400 💗💗 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

It's with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our wonderful little furry Pix last week. She has been a huge part of our lives over the past 10 years, becoming a poster girl for the business with her natural penchant for a photo op, and a local celebrity on the news for her ability to soothe the bereaved. I know she will be missed by many of our clients too. Her calm and friendly presence put people at ease and her steely stare if you stopped stroking her was a good distraction for those having to face the unthinkable.Rest in peace dear Pix, thank you for everything. You have left a huge hole in our hearts. You were so loved. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

As funeral directors, sometimes you just know at the time of the arrangements that there will be no one to collect the ashes of the person after the funeral. Perhaps they have outlived their family and friends, or was estranged from them. This sad situation plays on your mind, so when I visited the beautiful Holly Barrow at Dode, it seemed an ideal place to scatter some of these unclaimed ashes. After ensuring final checks were carried out and that no one would come forward, we released them on a bright and windy autumnal day amongst the trees, after a beautiful service in the chapel by Katherine Luxford Funeral Celebrant. We lit candles and remembered these six people, and Becky and Doug from the The Lost Village of Dode planted a tree in their memory. The images are courtesy of SHOT by JFKThe Holly Barrow at Dode is a truly serene and beautiful place to store ashes and well worth a visit. #collumbarium #Ashes #scatteringashes #finalrestingplace ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

Another small and intimate funeral gathering at our premises this week. The celebrant Katherine Luxford Funeral Celebrant delivered a relaxed and expertly crafted service, we played favourite songs, and copious amounts of tea, coffee and cake were consumed. It was perfect for this family who spent a couple of hours in our cosy and informal room reminiscing. The coffin was taken to the crematorium the next day for an unattended cremation. We are all different, and our funerals should reflect this!#modernfunerals#directcremation#ceremonies#relaxedfuneral#informalceremonies ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

Change is coming! This looks very promising to replace the toxic Oasis foam currently used. Oasis contains chemicals such as formaldehyde! ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

Since we discovered that floristry 'Oasis' foam is made from toxic chemicals, doesn't biodegrade and cannot be recycled, we've been looking into alternatives as it is so widely used in funeral floristry. The thought of it sitting in cemeteries and gardens all over the country and seeping into the soil is quite alarming.Our lovely friends at Dandelion Farewells have gone a step further and have teamed up with Floristry Lecturer Dee Watkins of Seed2Design Eco Floristry Training to put on a Sustainable Floristry Presentation and Demonstration. Dee specialises in eco-friendly floristry designs and her mission statement is:- To deliver outstanding teaching, learning and products;- To offer ongoing support, advice and friendship;- To use British flowers and environmentally friendly sundries when possible.This looks to be a really interesting day - if you are interested, whether you want to go 'all-out', or simply adopt just a few changes, please contact them directly.Sunday 17th September 11 am - 3 pm.Wisborough Green Village Hall.Price including light refreshments is only £20!!🌾🌿🌺🌸🪷🥀🌹🌷💐🌾🌱🌿🍀🪴🌸🌾🌾🥀 ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

The UK leads the way in natural burial. Over 270 green burial sites have been founded in Britain since the first was established in Carlisle in 1993, helping make our funerals better for the planet. The average cremation can release 200kg of CO2 into the atmosphere. Natural burial just 12kg. Our coffins are made using natural materials and are 100% bio-degradable making them ideal for natural burial. A return to nature is the future. ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

Second day at the wonderful Lovely World event. So many interesting discussions yesterday. The main themes coming out are the need for more natural burial grounds locally and that people seem to be favouring Direct Cremations (unattended cremations) to traditional funerals. Hopefully we’ve been able to advise people to ask lots of questions if they opt for a direct cremation. I.E ‘where will the body be kept?’, or ‘will I be able to spend time with the body of my loved one?’ ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

Beautiful words from Rebecca Lehmann bealehmann.co.uk and artwork by Amanda Thesiger Amandathesinger.comLovely World LovelyWorld 🌍 #greenfunerals #LovelyWorld ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

All set up at the Alexander Centre in Faversham for the Lovelyworld event organised by Swale Friends of the Earth. Many thanks to Mark from Ecoffins for bringing all these wonderful natural products to show people and Jo at gardenroomatgoldensquare.com who sourced locally grown flowers to create these beautiful natural tributes with a totally biodegradable base made from moss. Proud to present our vision of a ‘Lovely World’ of greener, kinder funerals in the future. Thanks to my lovely colleague Keris Burt who has given up her weekend to run the stall with me. ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

Come and see us!We're in Faversham this weekend in conjunction with Albany Funerals as part of this eco minded event to show people there is a greener future for funerals. If you are in the area please pop by and see us! ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

We are really excited to be a part of this very special event in Faversham this weekend. Many thanks to Ecoffins for coming along to support us and for supplying coffins to show. The funeral industry is one of the most polluting, but we have lots of ideas on how to change this, without being revolutionaries! Come and see us there! #LovelyWorld #friendsoftheearth#greenfunerals#pollution ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

Two very different set-ups for two very different funerals this week. One at the beautiful Bilsington Priory Estate Ltd and the other at our premises in Ashford. You don’t have to have the funeral at the crematorium! #modernfunerals #funeralceremonies #ceremonies #funerallife #funeralservices ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

♥️♥️Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads in Heaven. #HappyFathersDay #FathersDay #Dads #DadsInHeaven ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago

We want to help people leave a responsible legacy, many coffins contain plastic handles and liners and are made with high impact techniques. All our #coffins are handmade, from natural materials chosen for their #sustainability and are 100% biodegradable #plasticfree ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

We are really proud to have been finalists at the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards 2023. Small changes can make a big impact and since becoming Dementia Friends, we’ve grown in confidence in communicating with people living with Dementia and their families whilst also facing a bereavement. If any other Maidstone based companies are interested in becoming more Dementia Friendly, please do not hesitate to get in touch. #DementiaActionWeek #DementiaFriendlyCommunities #dementiaawareness #DementiaCare#dementiafriendlyfunerals#dementiafriends#kentdementiashowcase ... See MoreSee Less
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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

 Information Booklet 2024

  Funeral Wishes Form

 Greener Funerals web version

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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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