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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 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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Please come and see these lovely helpful ladies at Fremlin Walktomorrow if you need any information on dementia organisations. There will also be a dementia friends session running if you know anyone who might be interested. Also if any business owners or managers are interested in signing up to make their businesses more dementia friendly, I will be there tomorrow afternoon to explain how simple and easy the process is and just how beneficial it can be for people living with dementia. Please get in touch if there's any further information you need. #dementiaawareness #DementiaActionWeek #dementiasupport #maidstonebusiness #maidstone #buildingadementiafriendlymaidstone ... See MoreSee Less
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1 day ago

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We just love this keepsake jewellery. Hand made with love and care by local young mum of two, Laura from Two Green Lane. We have been working together for years and she really cares! She started off with fingerprint jewellery (which requires us to take fingerprints from your loved one whilst they are with us prior to the funeral), but she also now does some cremation pieces too.#jewellery #memorialjewelry #keepsakes #buylocal #memorialjeweller ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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Shout out to Scott from Funeral filming who we’ve been working with a lot over the last year. The live-stream and filming of services has become an integral part of funerals since the beginning of the pandemic. Even at this beautiful venue Kentfield Country Estate, in the middle of nowhere, he was able to stream the funeral to family all over the world. #modernfunerals #funeralfilming #lifeaffirmingfunerals #funeralphotography #funerals #funeralstreaming ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Angela has spruced up the entrance for spring! ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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We have held many different remembrance events over the last decade, but this year we felt that we wanted a service, partly because so many people how to go without the one they wanted for their loved one, or because they missed out on the support of friends and family through the pandemic. We wanted to say people’s names out loud. From the overwhelming feedback we’ve received, it was an emotional and uplifting event which was full of love and comfort. We couldn’t ask for more. Heartfelt thanks to Kathryn from Life and Love: Kathryn Sansom, Independent Celebrant and Helen from Fondest Love Ceremonies who worked together to create the most beautiful ceremony. Thanks too to Reverend Andrew Royal for his blessing at the end and to Julia Smith from Heart of Kent Hospice for her talk. We also raised £324 for the Hospice ❤️. #remembering #pandemicgrief #covidgriefjourney #saymyname ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Third tree in road but the guys made it to the church. #StormEunice ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Wise words from The Good Funeral Guide CIC. If you need a funeral director, do not accept anything less than this:"We think that a good funeral director is the kind of person you are drawn to for their warmth and kindness, someone who you can trust with the most precious of tasks; the care of the person who has died. We believe good funeral directors understand that their role is supportive rather than directive and that they are there to help you navigate your way to creating a funeral ceremony that is both meaningful and transformative. A skilled funeral director will spend time asking you about what matters to you and what you want the ceremony to achieve, they will be available to you as the day of the funeral approaches to answer questions and adjust arrangements, and they will be a reassuring, unobtrusive presence when the day arrives.They will also be completely open and transparent with you. If you want to know where your relative will be cared for and how they will be looked after, a good funeral director will have no problem with you looking at their mortuary area and explaining what is normally done once somebody is brought into their care."#goodfunerals #funeraldirector#funeral ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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To all our clients and their families, please get in touch with us or book via Eventbrite if you would like to attend one of our remembrance events. We hope to see you there!Tickets are free but we will be welcoming donations for the Heart of Kent HospiceThank you to our wonderful celebrants who have agreed to officiate the ceremonies:Fondest Love CeremoniesLife and Love: Kathryn Sansom, Independent CelebrantBridget SapianoCelebrant Marc - Community Funeral Celebrant#rememberinglovedones #celebratinglives #CovidDeaths #bereavement #comingtogether ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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When you really need emotional support, particularly when you are grieving, it can be difficult to ask for it. GriefChat is a on-line platform created by bereavement experts to make it simple to access trained counsellors through a chat facility.GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (except Bank Holidays). It can now be accessed directly through our website for anyone who needs it. www.albany-funerals.co.uk/coping-with-your-loss/Click on the GriefChat icon at the bottom right hand of the page to chat. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Before the pandemic, live-streams and recordings of funerals were few and far between. Sadly, filming was probably mostly judged to be ‘morbid’, or ‘inappropriate’. During lockdown the ‘zoom revolution’ and the necessity to bring grieving families together in spite of travel restrictions created a boom in webcasts and live-streams, and they have now become an integral part of a ceremony. Over time, it’s become apparent they they also provide another very valuable benefit. Many clients have reported to us the huge comfort they have felt in watching the service back at later date, with the advantage of a clearer head and healing heart. They’ve been able to actually absorb what was said on the day and find great solace in it. Thanks to Scott Davey from @funeralfilming. @bradbournehouse #funeralfilming #makingmemories2020 #preciousmoments ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Another of our trusted celebrants Celebrant Marc - Community Funeral Celebrant, managing to make people smile in spite of the sadness of the day. A strong story teller is key to a good funeral. Thank you again Marc. Bradbourne House #modernfunerals#lifestories#funeralforafriend#funeraldirector ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Imagine this view outside during a funeral ceremony. People tell us they find it really comforting and uplifting to look out the window and see nature at such a sad time. #modernfunerals. #funeralforafriend ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Our tree of remembrance at our premises in Ashford is giving me a boost today. #rememberingyou #missingyou #love ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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❤️If you’re like most people, you’re never sure what to do or say when faced with someone’s pain. That’s why we made you this handy “care and feeding” guide. Most of these tips are useful for helping people in all sorts of different difficult situations.Be sure to spread this comic around, friends. Helping people get better at giving support is going to take a team effort. ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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Autumn planting to try and lift spirits. #funeralhome#funeraldirector ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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❤️Sending love to the babies in Heaven and their parents and families on Earth.@allontheboard #BabyLossAwarenessWeek #BLAW #BLAW2021 #WaveofLight #allontheboard ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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Ready for business with furry friend if required. #bereavementdog ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago

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7 months ago

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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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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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