Our simple funerals

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 the ashes of your person 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.  Also, the presence of a coffin can be difficult for some.

Some of the funerals we have organised have been in parks, on beaches, in fields, or venues which wouldn’t normally permit a funeral with a coffin. 

This usually costs a lot less than a standard service at the crematorium.

Direct Cremation

A direct cremation means that the coffin is taken to the crematorium solely for the purpose of the cremation and no service is held there. This reduces the cremation fee dramatically, but doesn’t mean that a service cannot be held elsewhere, or follow a different format, before or after the cremation has taken place. We would be very happy to advise you by discussing the many options available to help you hold a meaningful ceremony.

from £1,700 all inclusive
Price includes all our fees, cremation fees, doctors fees and a simple veneer coffin. We offer the same care of the body and support for family and friends as with our traditional funerals.  Please be wary of some big companies offering direct cremations at cut prices as they operate on a huge scale and therefore cannot offer the same type of care.  

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.

£3,100 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 2024

  Funeral Wishes Form

 Greener Funerals web version

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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]



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