A.R. Adams Funeral Directors Ltd

A.R. Adams Funeral Directors are based in Rayleigh and Southend (Thorpe Bay) serving both locations and the surrounding areas. Established in 1900 and now in its 5th Generation, we are dedicated professionals who provide a personal service to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As a family and fully independent funeral directors, 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.

With offices in Rayleigh and Thorpe Bay, A.R.Adams serves the community in all surrounding areas. In 2015 we had the honour of winning the nationwide award for UK Funeral Director of the Year. Those who work here form a team place the utmost importance on giving respect and dignity to every person we care for.

Please feel free to browse these pages to find out a little bit more about us. You are also welcome to contact us with any questions you may have.

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oustanding service.The entire team do an amazing job.The empathy they show and support they give at the most difficult time is second to noneread more
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.read more
They are kind, caring, very professional and no one could be better. Used them several times now and always handled everything beautifully.read more
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 coread more
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.read more
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 - Maxineread more
Great Service for both my parents, specially to Donna, everyone at Adams was so helpful when it was such a sad time. Thank youread more
there courteous way they carried on there work in a very sad time nothing was too much trouble from all of the staff
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.read more
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 youread more
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.read more
A fantastic family run business.So caring and kind.I would recommend to anyone!
A professional and caring family run business. They went above and beyond and made everything very easy for our family
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.read more
A.R. Adams could not have done anything more. Not only in the way they cared for the family but also how they accommodated all of our requests on every occasion we’ve had to use them. Nothing is to much trouble.read more
Very kind, patient and professional. The team here really do go the extra mile to care for their clients. Highly recommended.
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.read more
Our father could not have had more care, nor a better 'send-off'. Adams, Rayleigh, were super in every sense of the word.I highly recommend them.read more
Words can't say how much they cared for my dad, myself and my brother when we suddenly lost our Mum. Nothing was too much and they went above and beyond and helped us go through the arrangements. Thank you.read more
Just three words, brillIant, efficient, caring X