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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  • Without hesitation recommended AR Adams. They are exceptional. From our very first visit we knew we were in good hands. AR Adams are shining example of a company that knows how things should be done.
    Gillian Purdon10th January 2015
  • The Thorpe Bay office provided us with the most exceptional care and kindness when my Mum left us. I am more than grateful and have already recommended the services of this excellent company.
    Elalne3rd April 2016
  • 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.
    Christine Jemal14th May 2016
  • We used these when our dear friend Bill passed away a few years ago , they arranged everything we wanted , horse drawn hearse carriage was amazing . Staff very respectful and all went smoothly.
    Melanie Wood6th September 2016
  • My grandad passed away in April and we used Adams and the service was fab I work in care and I always recommend this company couldn't of asked for anything better and nothing was to much to ask.
    Michelle Marie Stimpson6th September 2015
  • 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.
    Janette Brindle25th February 2018
  • 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.
    Antony Hesford-Duckworth11th July 2017
  • Very professional and respectful. Everything went according to the order of service, and we could not have been happier. Would recommend them highly.
    Gillian and Stephen Turner3rd September 2018
  • I cannot express enough how caring and helpful Adams are in a very stressful time. They handle everything with in professional manner with the right amount of empathy to make you comfortable. This is a family run business that gives a service that is lost in large organisations and I thoroughly recommend them.
    John Martin16th August 2018

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