Funeral Directors Southend-on-Sea

Funeral Director in Southend – A.R. Adams Ltd

24 Hour Service, Southend-on-Sea:  01702 586383

As a family and fully independent funeral director in Southend, A.R. Adams has the ability to provide you with accurate and honest information. Our main aim is to guide you through this difficult process by providing you with any advice you may need, helping to make what may be a difficult time a little easier.

Providing a 24-hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and with private chapels of rest at all offices, we are able to provide everything from traditional horse-drawn hearse funerals to unattended direct cremations and pre-need funeral plans. Contact us on 01702 586383.

The Next Steps

Death Registration

What to do when someone dies can vary depending on the circumstances of death and where the death occurred. Follow these pages for advice on registering a death and Coroner’s procedures.

Pre-Need Funerals


A.R. Adams funeral plans provide outstanding financial security for your money. We offer competitive and secure pre-paid funeral plans, bespoke funerals, and pre-need direct cremations with Ecclesiastical Planning services.

Death Registration Southend

Southend Death Registration Services
You do not need to collect the Medical Certificate of Death. The Doctors surgery or Hospital will forward this Certificate to the Registrar.  Once you know this has been done, contact the Southend Registration offices to make an appointment.  You can register the death at either the civic centre in Southend or at Southend hospital.
Southend Death Registration: 01702 215009

The Registrar will ask for our email address:

In Memory Donations

In Memory Donations

Search for the name of your family member or friend to find their tribute page. View details of their funeral service, leave a message for their family, and make donations to their chosen charity directly online.

Direct Cremation

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With Direct Cremation we can offer low-cost funeral options. Not having a traditional funeral service is becoming an increasingly popular option. Rising funeral costs could be an issue or maybe you simply don’t want the ceremony of a funeral service.

Why Choose A.R Adams

Choosing an experienced funeral director in Southend-on-Sea can help unburden you from the stress of funeral arrangements. A.R. Adams provide a comprehensive range of services and can help you with every aspect of your loved one’s funeral service.


We have years of experience as a funeral director in Southend. Our team of dedicated professionals place the utmost importance on providing respect and dignity to every person we care for.


As a Southend funeral director, we can arrange many types of transport, from a traditional horse-drawn carriage to a motorcycle. We are well known locally for our fleet of gunmetal grey Daimler Jaguar limousines and hearses.

Death Registration

A.R. Adams funeral directors Southend-on-Sea can help and support you with information on completing important documents such as death certificates and certificates for burial or cremation.

24-Hour Service

Our funeral directors in Southend-on-Sea are on-call whenever they are needed, day or night. A.R Adams provides a 24-hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Contact us on 01702 586383.

Organising a Celebrant

Whatever your requirements are for a minister or a celebrant, A.R. Adams will contact the relevant person and inform them of the pending funeral service. We will ask them to contact you and make arrangements to meet with you to discuss the service.

Music & Floral Tributes

A.R. Adams will assist you in arranging the music for the funeral service and are happy to receive floral tributes on the day of the funeral from a florist of your choice. We can discuss the different options available.

Useful Southend Numbers

Southend Venues

The Camelia Hotel
178 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3AA
Tel: 01702 587917

The Angel Inn
Parsons Corner, North Shoebury Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 8UD
Tel: 01702 589600

The Roslin Beach Hotel
Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3BG
Tel: 01702 586375

Thorpe Hall Golf Club
Thorpe Hall Avenue, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3AT
Tel: 01702 582205

Cemeteries & Crematoria

Sutton Road Cemetery
Sutton Road, Southend, SS2 5PX
Tel: 01702 215015
Sutton Road Cemetery

Southend-on-Sea Crematorium
Sutton Road, Southend, SS2 5PX
Tel: 01702 215015
Southend Crematorium

Southend Florists

Nekta Florist
155 The Broadway, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3EX
Tel: 01702 586520

Out Of The Earth
707 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea,
Tel: 01702 619555

Southend Funeral Director

A.R. Adams Ltd – Southend Funeral Directors, have been carrying out funeral services in the Southend-on-Sea area since 1931.  In 2011 we expanded our offices to Thorpe Bay. With offices and private chapels of rest, our new funeral directors in Southend-on-Sea allows us to better serve Southend families more locally to them.

Funeral Directors Southend

Southend Funeral Director Reviews

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 23
The 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 you
21:50 08 Dec 22
Would 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. X
12:48 09 Mar 22
We 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 family
07:21 06 May 21
I 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 21
They 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 21
Scott 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 21
I highly recommend A.R. Adams. Everything from the website to the service was excellent.
12:17 04 Dec 20
Michelle, 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 20
I 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 20
Our sincere thanks to all at AR Adams for first class support and service. Everything was excellent. Thank you Luke and the Team. Andrew Watson
17:43 30 Oct 19
Through 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 much
10:18 21 Sep 19
A 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 19
I 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 19
They 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 19
My 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 co
14:58 27 Jun 19
A 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 19
A 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 19
Donna, 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 - Maxine
11:07 06 Mar 19
Great Service for both my parents, specially to Donna, everyone at Adams was so helpful when it was such a sad time. Thank you
13:45 04 Mar 19
Great Service for both my parents, specially to Donna, everyone at Adams was so helpful when it was such a sad time. Thank you
13:45 04 Mar 19
there courteous way they carried on there work in a very sad time nothing was too much trouble from all of the staff
14:56 01 Feb 19
Thank 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 18
Thank 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 18
You 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 you
18:17 27 Nov 18
Adams 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 18
A fantastic family run business.So caring and kind.I would recommend to anyone!
14:23 09 Nov 18
A professional and caring family run business. They went above and beyond and made everything very easy for our family
10:33 09 Nov 18
From 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 18
Very kind, patient and professional. The team here really do go the extra mile to care for their clients. Highly recommended.
09:39 11 May 18
It'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 18
Just three words, brillIant, efficient, caring X
11:44 25 Feb 16

Award Winning Funeral Director Southend-on-Sea

Winners of The UK Funeral Director of the Year, 2015 and both The East Anglia Family Business of the Year 2019 and Peoples Choice, Best Company 2019.

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