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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.

Funeral Wishes Form

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 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.

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If you were unable to have a full funeral for someone you love during the pandemic, you could organise a more inclusive ceremony now around the ashes, or without them. This could be a formal or informal event and we can offer help and advice to anyone that needs it. These can still be healing celebrations of life, and can be held almost anywhere. #modernfunerals #pandemicfunerals #celebrationoflife #scatteringashes #itsnottoolate ... See MoreSee Less
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What a beautiful place to hold a funeral at Kentfield Country Estate.#modernfunerals #funeralarrangements #funeralservice #funeralsPhotography by Helen Rowe Studio, Flowers by gardenroomatgoldensquare.com, ... See MoreSee Less
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.I've met a few people in some very dark places this week. For them, the light has gone and they are walking on in bleak sorrow...I remember that place...This is tonight's moonrise. There are clouds across the moon, but above that - high, high above - the stars are shining...They are there when daylight masks their spark. They are there when clouds obscure them. But now, in this deep dark, they are visible. They are beautiful. And without the surrounding darkness they would be lost to us...If you are in your own dark place, I hope you can find at least one star to hold in sight...The change from dark to dawn is so slow it can feel impossible. The move from sorrow to hope is so subtle it is hard to perceive. But it will come...Hold on...We are waiting with you. We will count the stars with you, even while you are blind to them because your eyes are still dazzled by the light you have lost...After the dark, there is new light. After the sorrow, there is different joy. It will come. It is already waiting for us...#hope #stars #dark #grief #loss #moonrise #dawn ... See MoreSee Less
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The pandemic forced us to completely rethink how we do funerals. We would never have thought that virtual services could work, but if done properly they really can and we hope that they remain in some capacity as we go forward.One of our lovely celebrants Celebrant Marc - Community Funeral Celebrant has made this little video to help make the best of an online funeral. Thank you Marc.#modernfunerals #funerals #zoomfunerals #funeralservice ... See MoreSee Less
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‘There's a grace to being at the bedside of someone you love as they make their transition out of this world.’ The pandemic deprived so many of us of the chance to simply be there at the end, hopefully the worst is now behind us. Beautiful words and sound advice for us all. ❤️✨Expected Death ~ When someone dies, the first thing to do is nothing. Don't run out and call the nurse. Don't pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and be present to the magnitude of the moment. There's a grace to being at the bedside of someone you love as they make their transition out of this world. At the moment they take their last breath, there's an incredible sacredness in the space. The veil between the worlds opens.We're so unprepared and untrained in how to deal with death that sometimes a kind of panic response kicks in. "They're dead!" We knew they were going to die, so their being dead is not a surprise. It's not a problem to be solved. It's very sad, but it's not cause to panic.If anything, their death is cause to take a deep breath, to stop, and be really present to what's happening. If you're at home, maybe put on the kettle and make a cup of tea.Sit at the bedside and just be present to the experience in the room. What's happening for you? What might be happening for them? What other presences are here that might be supporting them on their way? Tune into all the beauty and magic. Pausing gives your soul a chance to adjust, because no matter how prepared we are, a death is still a shock. If we kick right into "do" mode, and call 911, or call the hospice, we never get a chance to absorb the enormity of the event.Give yourself five minutes or 10 minutes, or 15 minutes just to be. You'll never get that time back again if you don't take it now.After that, do the smallest thing you can. Call the one person who needs to be called. Engage whatever systems need to be engaged, but engage them at the very most minimal level. Move really, really, really, slowly, because this is a period where it's easy for body and soul to get separated.Our bodies can gallop forwards, but sometimes our souls haven't caught up. If you have an opportunity to be quiet and be present, take it. Accept and acclimatize and adjust to what's happening. Then, as the train starts rolling, and all the things that happen after a death kick in, you'll be better prepared.You won't get a chance to catch your breath later on. You need to do it now. Being present in the moments after death is an incredible gift to yourself, it's a gift to the people you're with, and it's a gift to the person who's just died. They're just a hair's breadth away. They're just starting their new journey in the world without a body. If you keep a calm space around their body, and in the room, they're launched in a more beautiful way. It's a service to both sides of the veil.Credit for the beautiful words ~ Sarah Kerr, Ritual Healing Practitioner and Death Doula , Death doulaHer original video link is here ~ www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7mG0ZAym0wBeautiful art by Columbus Community Deathcare #alwayswithlove #dying #death ... See MoreSee Less
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Matthew running through final logistics ahead of the funeral service. Timings are always precise to the minute. #funeralarrangements #funeralphotography #funerals ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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Funerals can be held anywhere and not being confined to a crematorium slot can make all the difference. Bradbourne House near Maidstone provides a beautiful and exclusive space. #modernfunerals ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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A cosy space to come and spend time with the person you have lost at our premises in Great Chart. Comfy chairs, candles and fairy lights to help you feel at ease. Refreshments on tap so you can take all the time you need. Not a net curtain or swirly wallpaper panel in sight. #modernfunerals #funeralstoday #funeralhomes ... See MoreSee Less
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❤️We are pleased to share the order of service for our virtual Father's Day Service taking place this Sunday at 11am.The service is to be a tribute to all fathers, and father figures and a special way to remember them this Father's Day.A link to the service can be found here - bit.ly/3cUewps ... 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

  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
    [email protected]

     

     

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