Local Crematorium Comparison
Our funeral directors in Rayleigh is situated equal distance between Basildon Crematorium and Southend Crematorium. We are often asked about the differences between each site so have complied a table that reflects what each crematorium has to offer.
As an independent funeral directors we are able to offer services at any Crematorium and frequently travel to City of London, Corbets Tey, Chelmsford and further afield.
Privately owned crematoria
Council run crematoria
Gardenside and Riverview
(both seating approx. 100 each.)
Currently operating with one chapel
West Chapel (seating approx. 100)
|60 minutes chapel time allowing for a 40 minute service|
£1,115.00 plus £29.00 energy surcharge.
|40 minutes chapel time, allowing for a 25 minute service|
£1000.00 for Residents of Southend, £1100.00 for non-residents
|No||Yes – £100.00 surcharge added to the cost of any cremation service if the deceased lived outside the borough of Southend.|
Extended Service Options
|Yes – Additional 60 minutes of chapel time available|
|Yes – Additional 40 minutes of chapel time available for £250.00|
Shorter Service Options
|Yes: Early morning, 20 minute service available, no limitations on music or spoken word.|
£805.00 plus £29.00 energy surcharge.
|Yes||Yes – (Also allow a 10 minute attended direct cremation at 9:30am – limitations: no spoken word or music allowed)|
Visual Tributes, Music & Webcasting
|Music: Obitus System provided|
28 Day Webcast: £65.00
Photo Tribute: £85.00
DVD Keepsake: £75.00
Use of Organ: no additional charge (prior booking essential)
|Music: Obitus System provided|
28 Day Webcast: £70.00
Photo Tribute: £100.00
DVD Keepsake: £90.00
Use of Organ: £23.00 (prior booking essential)
Distance from M25
|14.7 miles||21.5 miles|
|Yes – all main entrances||Yes – West Chapel offers disabled access via side door. South Chapel has main entrance disabled access|
I have no hesitation in recommending A R Adams in Rayleigh for their excellent, helpful, caring and professional service. My brother and I have used them twice this year for both our parents funerals and relied on them for their expertise from first contact until the end of each service. Their attention to detail, guiding us through at such a difficult time was much appreciated. Special mention to Dannie and Neil, thank you.21:33 12 Jul 23The staff at A.R.Adams are a credit to the name and profession. Our requests , concerns, and fears were all addressed with sympathy, compassion, professionalism and patience . From the empathy of Danni in the funeral parlour - to the dignity and respect given by Neil to Mum on her final journey. I could not fault them, they are respected in Rayleigh and the surrounding areas for good reason. A family business throughout they have served our family for many many years, long may they continue. Thank you21:50 08 Dec 22Would definitely recommend A R Adams. The whole team were very sensitive to my emotional needs and their attention to detail was excellent. I felt very confident in their service and in their care of my late mother May. A very big thank you to them all. X12:48 09 Mar 22We would like to say a big thank you to Bradley and his team for the most helpful and professional service you could wish for. We always knew our Mum was in good hands and nothing was too much trouble. We felt looked after and most of all cared for , they guided us through all the rules with ease and made a difficult time much easier. We would not hesitate to recommend you. Thank you Lyn Reade on behalf of the Danbrook family07:21 06 May 21I can't Thank Bradley and all the team enough for all the help and guidance they gave myself and brother arranging our Mums funeral. They were always there to help no matter how many questions we had and was so considerate to all our needs. Helping us give the perfect send off for our MumThank you Bradley and Team.10:46 09 Apr 21They are a caring family funeral directors who fulfilled all the family wishes with dignity and respect. extremely helpful and assisted with guidance where required.13:45 01 Mar 21Scott dealt with every part of my dads funeral with efficiency and utmost respect. Nothing was too much trouble he kept in touch with everything and really did go above and beyond to sort out a very unfortunate matter that was out of their control. Would highly recommend.21:45 14 Feb 21I highly recommend A.R. Adams. Everything from the website to the service was excellent.12:17 04 Dec 20Michelle, Luke, Trevor and all the team gave us the best service and always with kindness and consideration. They took trouble over every detail to get the job right and to make sure we were comfortable. Everyone at Adams was professional and nothing was too much trouble, the team went beyond our expectations. We felt our father had been truly honoured. Adams are an outstanding firm of funeral directors, I thank them for their first class service and I absolutely recommend them.18:55 05 Nov 20I have certainly no hesitation in recommending A R Adams to anyone wanting personal and very professional service, which we had from start to finish. Our special thanks and appreciation to Scott for his involvement and help at all times, nothing was too much trouble. They certainly went the extra mile to ensure the Funeral for my daughter was absolutely perfect.18:35 20 Apr 20Our sincere thanks to all at AR Adams for first class support and service. Everything was excellent. Thank you Luke and the Team. Andrew Watson17:43 30 Oct 19Through the most heartbreaking event in our lives, Scott, Mike and Donna have been an absolute credit to our last memories of my brother, Scott catered for our needs with compassion and Donna was always on hand. Mike was amazing on the day of the funeral a true gentleman ! I couldn’t recommend more....... as a family we are so pleased we chose them again thank you so much10:18 21 Sep 19A R Adams are the best Funeral Directors I have ever dealt with. Scott and the team dealt with my brother-in-law's funeral. They were caring and professional from the moment I phoned for arrangements to start. Thank you to everyone at A R Adams you made a difficult time easier.14:26 09 Sep 19I used Adams for both my parents’ funerals. I instantly felt a bond with the staff and they made it quite clear to me that I could call them 24/7 and no problem was too small or too silly. If it was worrying me then they wanted to know straight away. I felt my parents were safe in their hands and both funerals were beautifully carried out. It is such a relief to be dealing with a company you can trust and that goes above and beyond what you imagine you will receive by way of service at such a difficult time.07:53 04 Jul 19They are kind, caring, very professional and no one could be better. Used them several times now and always handled everything beautifully.16:38 28 Jun 19My sweet mother passed away 4 years ago now and my grandmother before that. And Adams were more than caring, made me and my brother feel that we were the only family who lost loved ones. So so kind, mother wanted horse and carriage and they obliged in every way. The funeral was a perfect send off for my perfect mother. Thank you Adams and co14:58 27 Jun 19A R Adams...5 star service, particularly from Zia who led the cortege and was respectful, involved and compassionate towards our beloved Mum and us her grieving family. Why would you consider any other Funeral Directors...they are the best; kind, professional, discreet. Grateful thanks to all.07:56 27 Jun 19A R Adams...5 star service, particularly from Zia who led the cortege and was respectful, involved and compassionate towards our beloved Mum and us her grieving family. Why would you consider any other Funeral Directors...they are the best; kind, professional, discreet. Grateful thanks to all.07:56 27 Jun 19Donna, Luke and colleagues at Thorpe Bay were so kind, caring and thoughtful. They supported us with the funeral of my late mother. It was a tough time made bearable by their respectful and compassionate professionalism. Donna’s people skills were very impressive indeed and nothing was too difficult for her to arrange. Working from a smart phone only without a computer/printer wasn’t easy for me but she enabled us in our hour of need. Her recommendations for ancillary services were also spot on. Luke’s calm and respectful presence on the day was also much appreciated. It was the family approach with the personal touches that made me realise that I really must write a review for them, something I very rarely do. They may not be the cheapest in town but they are worth far beyond every extra penny, we realised that truth within the first few hours. We were truly grateful for their services - Maxine11:07 06 Mar 19Great Service for both my parents, specially to Donna, everyone at Adams was so helpful when it was such a sad time. Thank you13:45 04 Mar 19Great Service for both my parents, specially to Donna, everyone at Adams was so helpful when it was such a sad time. Thank you13:45 04 Mar 19there courteous way they carried on there work in a very sad time nothing was too much trouble from all of the staff14:56 01 Feb 19Thank you Zia and the rest of the staff at Adams in Rayleigh, for all the compassion, help and kindness you offered, in dealing with my recent loss.11:36 21 Dec 18Thank you Zia and the rest of the staff at Adams in Rayleigh, for all the compassion, help and kindness you offered, in dealing with my recent loss.11:36 21 Dec 18You took great care of our father and indeed our whole family 10 years ago. Would not hesitate to recommend you. And indeed we have done. Thank you18:17 27 Nov 18Adams carried out the funeral of my mother then later my father. I have left a note with my Will that they should arrange my funeral when the time comes. I can give no firmer recommendation than that.15:51 09 Nov 18A fantastic family run business.So caring and kind.I would recommend to anyone!14:23 09 Nov 18A professional and caring family run business. They went above and beyond and made everything very easy for our family10:33 09 Nov 18From the first time we walked through the door, these wonderful people took care of our family and our dear mum with compassion, kindness and empathy every step of the journey. They gave us utter confidence that everything would be perfect and helped to give our mum a beautiful send off. Our family are truly grateful for their support, we shall never forget everyone's kindness.08:34 22 Oct 18Very kind, patient and professional. The team here really do go the extra mile to care for their clients. Highly recommended.09:39 11 May 18It's been sometime since I used the services of Adams funeral directors. I've been meaning from day 1 to leave this review but better late then never. We opted for a direct cremation and could not have been treated any better than if we had gone for the most expensive option. From the start the staff were so very supportive, treating us and my late husband with enormous respect, dignity and kindness.13:11 16 Mar 18Just three words, brillIant, efficient, caring X11:44 25 Feb 16
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