Funeral Services in Pembury
At Abbey Funeral Services, we work hard to make sure that your funeral arrangements are handled with care and dignity. We are among the leading funeral directors in the West Kent area, serving residents in:
- Royal Tunbridge Wells
- Paddock Wood
- East Peckham
- Langton Green
- And more areas in West Kent
Since we started our family-run funeral planning service in 1983, we have prided ourselves on our personal service and support for families going through a challenging time. Our experienced team work hard to ensure we are considerate and care for your family’s and love one’s wishes. Each funeral we plan is bespoke for each family.
Abbey Funeral Services is regulated by the Funeral Planning Authority, and we are a member of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors. We work to a recognised code of practice, ensuring you get only the highest quality service from us.
We do more for our community than plan funerals. We manage a local West Kent charity called Friends Together. With the help of professional therapists, we provide bereavement therapy to help mourning people of all ages in the Pembury area overcome their tragic loss. We support bereaved families by helping them through the grieving process.
Cremation for residents in Pembury
Cremating is becoming more and more popular in the UK with each passing year. That’s because families enjoy the many benefits it has over traditional burials:
- The ashes can be shared
A wonderful aspect of cremation is that your ashes or the ashes of your loved one can be divided and shared amongst the family. This way members of your family who live outside of the Pembury area can pay respects without travelling to the grave site, and you can honour your loved one in your home every day.
- The ashes can be spread
Many people who get cremated wish for their ashes to be spread in a place significant to their hearts. When you cremate, you can lay your loved one to rest wherever they’d like. If you wish to be laid to rest outside of a grave site, you can arrange for your ashes to be spread in any place special to you.
- Cremating allows for creative ceremonies
Modern funerals don’t have to follow traditions any more, and many people choose to have more creative ceremonies through cremations. When you cremate with Abbey Funeral Services, the ashes can be used to create ornate art or jewellery. This way, your legacy or the legacy of your loved one can live on through beautiful objects.
- Cremation is more cost effective
When you cremate you don’t need to pay the typical funeral expenses, such as caskets, headstones, burial vaults, and embalming. Rather, you only need to cover the cremating process and the urn. Therefore, cremating is much less expensive than conventional funerals.
- Cremating is better for the environment
Traditional burials use up a lot of resources, and the embalming fluid used to keep bodies looking fresh and lively can damage the environment. Therefore, cremating is a much more eco-friendly alternative to burying yourself or your loved one. If having a sustainable funeral is a priority of yours, consider our green funerals for the most environmentally friendly option available.
Green funerals for residents in Pembury
What is a Green Funeral?
A green funeral (also known as a natural burial) is the practise of burying someone in such a way that the body can naturally degrade and recycle without negatively impacting the environment. A traditional funeral, for example, might employ an oak or mahogany coffin (or a metal casket if the deceased was cremated), which can take years to decompose. You also have some qualities, like as the mental hingers, which would stay in the soil and never break down.
Green funerals are the most natural way of burying a loved one. They focus on sustainability and being environmentally friendly, so most caskets are made from biodegradable wicker or cardboard. Green funerals are a more modern, but still wholesome and lovely way to say goodbye to a loved one. Many people tend to favour green funerals nowadays because they hold a number of advantages over traditional burial:
- Preserving natural areas
Green funerals are designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. As the body naturally decomposes, the area around it becomes rich with nutrients that help plants grow happily and healthily. This brings food and shelter to animals of all shapes and sizes. Through our green funerals, you can help death create new life.
- Conserving natural resources
Every year in the UK, thousands of tons of wood and concrete are used every year for fancy caskets and burial vaults. When you choose our green funerals, you use as little material as possible without creating any waste. Many of our clients prefer only covering their loved one in a shroud, rather than placing him or her in a coffin. This helps decomposition and conserves even more resources.
- Eliminating hazardous chemicals
One of the more damaging aspects of funerals are the embalming fluids used to keep the body looking lively. They use harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer. You can eliminate all these chemicals with green funerals.
- Lower cost
Decorated caskets and burial vaults make the prices of traditional funerals stack up quickly. Because of our green funerals’ simplicity, you can avoid all these fees. Green funerals can be up to or over £1,000 cheaper than conventional ones. This way, they’re good for your financial stability, not just the environment.
Many people are attracted to the simplicity of green funerals. The plain coffin or shroud and naturally buried body keeps the funeral minimalistic, giving it a unique air of elegance.
Funeral plans for residents in Pembury
At Abbey Funeral Services, we partner with Ecclesiastical Planning Services to ensure your funeral is handled with the proper care needed. You can choose one of four funeral plans if you’d like:
- The Abbey Unattended Funeral Plan
- The Abbey Simple Plan
- The Abbey Traditional Plan
- The Abbey Traditional Plus Plan
Many people prefer our funeral plans to creating a custom funeral service with us. They hold two main benefits, which are:
1. Consideration for loved ones
Your forward planning will alleviate your mourning family of the financial burden and any concerns they may have regarding your funeral arrangements at a difficult time. You also have the assurance that the preparations you specify, such as the style of funeral, the location, the music, the readings, and even the flowers, will be carried out just as you like. Planning ahead of time brings peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
2. Financial security
One of the primary reasons we advise you to purchase one of our funeral plans is that they give excellent financial protection for your money. For added peace of mind, all plan funds are maintained in whole life assurance policies. The prices of custom funerals tend to stack up quickly. You can avoid these unforeseen fees with our funeral plans.
Abbey Funeral Services for residents in Pembury
Pembury is home to a small handful of churches and chapels which are all suitable locations to hold one of our funerals. For the optimal setting, we recommend:
- Peter’s Church
- Pembury Baptist Church
If you’d like to have your funeral outside of a church, you’re more than welcome to. Please let us know where you’d like to hold your funeral and we’ll get it done for you.
1. Why choose Abbey Funeral Services?
We commit ourselves to you and your family at Abbey Funeral Services. We've earned a reputation as community leaders in over 40 years of service because we always guarantee that your funeral is handled with decency and care.
The husband-and-wife founders of our family-run firm are former Presidents of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, and the keys to our service have been passed down to their daughter.
2. How much do funerals cost in Pembury?
The prices of funerals vary significantly based on what you’d like to have. Service costs make up a large portion of funeral costs in Pembury, and they can range upwards of £2,000. Learn more about our prices here.
3. How much do cremations cost in Pembury?
Cremation is significantly less expensive than traditional burials. At Abbey Funeral Services, we offer a direct-to-cremator service for £1,800. We also provide unattended cremations for £2,450. The crematoriums we use are the Kent & Sussex Crematorium in Tunbridge Wells, and the Vinters Park Crematorium in Maidstone. Learn more about our cremation prices here.