Brighton Funeral Director

Sussex Funeral Services are Independent Brighton Funeral Directors in Brighton, dutifully assisting the Brighton, Hove, Portslade and neighbouring communities around East Sussex. We offer a complete funeral service providing all aspects of funeral care, arrangements for cremations, burials (including interment of ashes) beginning from the moment you contact us.

We realise that funeral arrangements, particularly when bereaved, can be one of the most challenging things you and your family will ever have to do for a deceased loved one. That is why, during this challenging time, we care for your loved one but also provide professionalism and expertise in all our undertakings. With the utmost respect and sensitivity for the loss you and your family are going through we also ensure that our staff apply the same moral and ethical standards, as ourselves; that they are trained, experienced and in particular to our morticians, are fully qualified.

Though we mention morticians, it is important to note, that although we can offer an embalming service in the appropriate circumstances, we don’t condone the unnecessary use of embalming procedures for excellent reasons of a personal nature as well as the protection of the environment.

We support you and offer advice through the myriad of options available to mark the passing of a life including planning the funeral service, whether it is a burial or cremation, right through to discussing options for your loved one’s cremated remains for example scattering or interment of ashes.

Independent Brighton Funeral Directors

There are no ‘rules’ for funeral arrangements, but instead, you can choose the type of funeral ceremony you want to have. We emphasise our company slogan “for caring, compassion and choice” and are proud to be genuinely independent Funeral Directors in Brighton, East Sussex.

Being a Brighton-based funeral directors or funeral service provider and undertaker means we can provide completely bespoke services. This means we are responsive to individual needs, including traditional cremation or burial funeral services, which may be led by Minister or a more alternative funeral services, or memorial services that may be led by one of our trained celebrants or a humanist.

In this challenging time for you and your family whether you are seeking a cost-effective yet straightforward direct cremation which may be followed by a memorial service or whether you want a more extravagant end of life celebration – we can cater for your specific funeral requirements. We will always present you with choices, and we don’t recommend the expensive coffins or flower arrangements! As funeral directors, we can help guide you to consider the various funeral options choices available for your loved one, without being rushed.

As a local Brighton funeral director, we can arrange a viewing of your loved one at our funeral home or indeed arrange an overnight stay at your home for you and your family. As an alternative, we can arrange for the funeral service to be held at your home or another suitable venue, instead of the typical crematorium chapel service. Whatever you choose we can help you arrange it all, even an appropriate venue for a gathering afterwards, with any catering needs that might be required. And of course, we can offer advice on the services and options available after the funeral ceremony itself, for example, urns, headstone/memorial stones, interment or scattering of ashes.

Highest Standards, Flexible and Responsive to Your Needs

As a local funeral director, we make every effort to get involved in the Brighton, Hove and Portslade communities and strive to create the kind of personal relationship which leads to an individual, sensitive funerary service. We are flexible and responsive to your needs, especially at a time of loss and grief. We take great pride in our funeral services and seek to build a relationship of trust with you and our communities. You can be confident that the funeral service you receive from us will be delivered, to the highest standards and with the utmost respect.

National Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors

We are proud to say that we are approved members of the National Society of Allied Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), which means that as professional undertakers we have met with the Associations funerary industry criteria and operate under a code of practice to ensure that we maintain the profession’s standards.

Sussex Funeral Services – Funeral Directors and Undertakers for Brighton, Hove and Portslade. For a free “without obligation” consultation and advice, please call Philip or Sallie on 01273 736469, located in Portland Road in Hove, or our mobile on 07789 174453.

Funeral Service FAQs

Why won’t the doctor issue the medical certificate of cause of death?
When the doctor does not grant a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, that is generally because the circumstances surrounding the death mean that it will be referred for further examination to HM Coroner.

The doctor will only complete the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death if they know the cause of death in the 14 days before death that the deceased had been seen with.

Before the arrangement of the funeral do I have to register the death?
You do not have to have the death registered to start making plans with your preferred funeral company.

Nevertheless, it is essential to have the death registered for the funeral to take place. The funeral itself would not be able to continue without reporting the death. Because of this reason, certain funeral companies can be hesitant to make plans for a funeral until they receive a burial or cremation certificate (the “Green Form”) from the registrar.

My family isn’t religious – must I have a vicar leading the service?
No, a religious funeral service is not necessary, and there are a variety of alternatives. Maybe a relative or friend may be willing to take the service if they believe they can. Many congregation members are permitted to speak or read verses or poems.

The British Humanist Association, Institute of Civil Funerals and Qualified Celebrants Fellowship have networks of officers who can deliver a very personal, non-religious ceremony.

Check for more information from us or visit or to arrange a humanist ceremony. It is important to note that a humanist ceremony is not the same as a non-religious ceremony.

Can I get assistance for the cost of the funeral?
Assistance is available from the Social Fund of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), which may support individuals who meet the requirements needed.

To qualify, you must prove that you are the right person to take responsibility for paying the funeral bill – also, you must earn at least one of several eligible benefits and have insufficient funds to fund the funeral.

The DWP Funeral Benefit can include a fixed sum that can either cover a very simple funeral or contribute to a more conventional funeral. Your selected funeral firm will be able to advise you on the qualification requirements and the probable contribution available.

Form SF200 can be found and downloaded here –

How much do funerals cost?
It all depends on how much you want to spend. There are many options to either create a simple ceremony or for something more extravagant. Please follow the relevant links on our website to get a rundown of costs for several types of funeral.