Hello and welcome to my website home page.

My name is Michael Lawrence, and I am a second generation funeral director with offices in Maidstone and Medway Towns.



I grew up in Dartford, just along the road, and I went to West Hill School for Boys. (I did spend a lot of time lined up at the gate, with all the other boys, watching the girls go by!)

You will meet people, and I have too, who say things like “when its my turn just put me in a cardboard box and put that in my car and then take me up the crematorium” Its not that uncommon. But it is very uncommon for people to have the opportunity and support, to help them actually do it!

That’s where we come in. Here at Abacus, we are committed to providing you and your family with quality service backed by our membership of the NAFD. We are actually the only independent funeral director in Gravesend to be members of the NAFD.

We are also committed to saving you from any unnecessary expense in providing you with the funeral you require. If its full mourning black or service of celebration, we can help.

We hope that Abacus Funeral Service, will eventually be a brand which will be recognised nationwide as a place where choice and value are easily accessible to the bereaved. Because that’s what many people want. We are the thinking persons funeral service.



Modern alternative coffins, or traditional veneered coffins, are readily available from stock. Or if you wish, order one online and we will use yours.


You probably think “hm not that interesting”. Well, you will find it very interesting when you need a funeral director who will encourage you to buy the coffin you want, from wherever you can get it, for the least amount of money. Bet you won’t get that answer anywhere else.

Probably best to come in a have a chat with Tara or myself. Promise not to bite!

We are at 206 Rochester Road, Gravesend, DA12 4TY or

you can call us on 01474 730073