These more simple options offer excellent ways of having a ceremony in a place that is personal to you, with the added benefit of being more affordable.

In most cases the cremation takes place unattended in the early morning, enabling a later gathering or celebration of life event to be held at a special or more convenient place, without a coffin present. You could choose a familiar pub or club, a country park, beach or picnic area, or even hold the event at home.

The possibilities are endless… You can opt to include your loved one’s ashes in the ceremony or not, or alternatively, you could hold a small service in our chapel with the coffin present, and the unattended cremation would follow afterwards. We can organise this with you or help you to do this yourself – we are always here if you need any advice.

To get in touch please call us on 01622 746688 or 01233 650746, or email us on [email protected].

Personal, creative and unique

No coffin present

You can have a beautiful funeral service without a coffin present. An ashes urn or casket can replace the coffin as a focal point, thus opening up endless possibilities of where and when the service can be held. We work with good local venues and can help you organise this. This usually costs less than a standard service at the crematorium.

Direct Cremation

In recent years people’s attitudes towards funerals have begun to change. Although most of us opt for a cremation when the time comes, the thought of a service on the crematorium conveyor belt doesn’t always suit everyone. This is why we are offering a completely new approach, whereby the cremation takes place before the service. This not only makes the funeral more affordable, but it also gives families more freedom and time to plan something truly personal. We would be very happy to advise you by discussing the many options available to help you hold a meaningful ceremony.

from £1,600 all inclusive
Price includes all our fees, cremation fees and a simple veneer coffin.

Small service at our premises

This is perfect for families wanting a more intimate ceremony. The cremation then takes place early the next morning unattended. The chapel can be set up formally or informally and the coffin can be present or not.

£3,000 all inclusive
Price includes all our fees, cremation fees, a simple veneer coffin, and celebrant fees. Also much more affordable than a simple service at the crematorium no limited ‘time slot’.

Do It Yourself

You don’t have to use a funeral director to have a funeral, we are happy to support you as much or as little as you want for the arrangements.  This might be from decorating or making the coffin, to taking control of the whole process.

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.


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!


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 2023

 Arranging a Funeral

 Myths About Funerals

  Funeral Wishes Form

 Greener Funerals web version

    Our Offices

    Albany Funerals Maidstone
    669 Loose Road,
    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]



    Opening Times

    Offices are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

    We are available to help 24/7

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