This is often devastating, exhausting, and can seem impossible to overcome. We see many individuals and families facing this uphill struggle, and it is our privilege to try and make the journey that little bit easier. Concerned by how cold and business-like many funeral directors are, when Jo started Albany Funerals it was with a vision that all visitors will receive a warm and genuine welcome and all the time necessary to plan the funeral that is right for them. The premises are bright and homely – nothing like the stereotype funeral directors – and Pix, our friendly dog, is often around if you’d like to see her. Do not feel rushed; pop in if you’re passing or phone ahead and we’ll arrange a time to meet that is convenient for you.
Adjusting to new circumstances whilst trying to manage the tidal wave of emotions that grief brings can be a lonely place in the months that follow a bereavement, particularly of a spouse. This is why we decided to start coffee mornings and afternoons for the bereaved. Our Maidstone morning group has now been running for almost 10 years, and our Ashford afternoon group has just started. It’s a friendly place, where cakes are eaten, coffee and tea are served in abundance, tears are shed, laughter is heard, recipes exchanged, support is given and even friendships are forged. It has been a true lifeline for some, and for others an excuse to get out and have a chat and a cup of tea with people who truly understand how they are feeling.
Our Maidstone morning group meets every last Thursday of the month
from 10-12am at our premises in Loose.
Our Ashford afternoon group meets every second Tuesday of the month
from 2-4 pm at our premises in Great Chart.
Everyone is welcome.
Coffee Morning Dates MAIDSTONE 2019
Thursday 27th June
Thursday 25th July
Thursday 29th August
Thursday 26th September
Thursday 31st October
Thursday 28th November
Thursday 19th December (Please note earlier date)
Coffee Afternoon Dates ASHFORD 2019
Tuesday 11th June
No July meeting
Tuesday 13th August
Tuesday 10th September
Tuesday 8th October
Tuesday 12th November
Tuesday 10th December
Some of the group on our outing to Hastings. We had fish and chips, ice cream and sunshine!
Each year we hold a remembrance event, attended by hundreds of families and friends who we have served. Here is a short video from October 1st 2016 when Albany Funerals had its Annual Balloon Release to give those who are grieving an opportunity to remember loved ones and raise money for charity. It was a special day. Since we realised that even biodegradable balloons can cause serious damage to animals and wildlife, we started our Wall of Remembrance events – our first one in September 2018 was a great success.
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 new branch in Great Chart, just outside of Ashford Is now open. Please contact us on either number for information.