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Here is our own personal take on what you might wish to consider when choosing your Funeral Director, for an alternative perspective you may also download this list of questions from the Natural Death Society First of all, think about what type of funeral are you considering for either your loved one or for yourself. [...]

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Japan has a cremation rate of over 99%, the highest of any country in world. Some local governments even ban traditional burials. This was not always the case – before World War II, cremation was only practised by the very rich, but after the positives of cremation, including its efficiency and cleanliness, became recognised, cremation [...]

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Everyone hopes that their funeral will go to plan, but sometimes that just isn’t the case. Take Andrew Jackson, for instance. The seventh president of the United States, Jackson was known for his cutthroat politics and nasty language. His vulgarity had an impact on his parrot, Poll, who was such a close companion of Jackson’s [...]

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Not many have heard of a cardboard coffin, and still fewer realize that they’re taking the world of the modern funeral – particularly amongst the rich and famous – by storm.  Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper was laid to rest in a cardboard casket, but it’s hardly just fictional characters that are choosing this eco-friendly (if [...]

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Britain entered World War I in the summer of 1914, a conflict that would become known as the Great War and one of the deadliest in human history, resulting in over 37 million deaths worldwide before its end in November 1918. Of these deaths, more than 9 million would be British soldiers. At the time, [...]

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For the first time, a new Scottish people’s festival will be held this year from the 1st - 7th of November. Called ‘To Absent Friends’, the festival is a time of open-ended celebration and remembrance of departed loved ones through storytelling and ceremony. The founders’ aims are to revive lost traditions of remembrance as well [...]

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One of the world’s oldest and most beautiful tombs Newgrange is one of the oldest and most beautiful ancient burial sites in the world. Located in what is now Ireland, Newgrange was originally constructed over 5000 years ago (around 3,200 BC) during the Neolithic period, the last part of the Stone Age, making it even [...]

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The stars have fascinated mankind since the dawn of history, and many of the most ancient funeral rites take the movement of heavenly bodies into account. However it’s only very recently that it’s been possible for a person to find their final resting place among the stars. A company called Elysium Space and Celestis Inc. [...]

According to archaeological evidence, funeral rites were one of the very first elements of human culture to emerge. Funeral rites can be found in every culture, both ancient and contemporary, although of course these rites differ considerably between different parts of the world and distinct spiritual/religious traditions. Sometimes even the funeral choices of people from [...]

It’s no secret that most people are reluctant to be confronted by the idea of their own mortality; As a nation we seldom discuss personal wishes for our own funerals, and this fear of death vanquishes inquisition, ultimately leaving us uninformed about the available options. This general consensus to ignore the inevitable is difficult to [...]

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on behalf of the Harper Family.. Dear Philip and Staff at Sussex Funeral HomeI wish to share our sincere thanks from myself and family on the support extended during the passing of our Brother Ivan in Brighton. Even given the distance between us you made it seamless, especially working with the Coroner’s office and bringing Ivan to your little B&B.. albeit a short stay.We introduced Sandra to yourself and you both worked as a team to keep our minds free to focus on reflecting Ivan’s life and the memories shared while you to worked in the background to put everything else in place.From being such a small family service, you made very special and personal about Ivan which we will never forget.We wish you well in your little B&B.. always keep it special !!Moira Harper and Family.read more
Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
17:38 08 Aug 17
An exceptional service; personalised, sincere, and everyone said it was the best funeral they had ever attended. Phil and Sallie researched thoroughly, and were involved in all the decision-making, to enable us to have the funeral we wanted. The result was a beautiful ceremony. Their warm and personal approach to mum's funeral helped the family beyond description.read more
Mt Ms
Mt Ms
09:08 18 Jul 17
Sallie and Phil were absolutely amazing and I can't even begin to express my gratitude for their professionalism, kindness, honesty, helpfulness, flexibility, compassion and for going the extra mile for us. They broke up their prices clearly, there were no hidden fees or surprises, there was none of that 'being charged for things you don't want' nonsense. They put the Orders of Service on the seats, they arranged lights for me, they helped me with the music, they communicated with me every step of the way, we even had some lovely chats too. All of this and they offer one of the cheapest prices. But we got everything we'd want; we probably got more than we'd have got from places charging a grand more. I can't praise them enough, thank them enough and recommend them any more highly. If I find myself needing to arrange another funeral in the area, I guarantee I'll go straight back to Sussex Funeral Services and be confident I'm in safe hands. At the worst time of my life, at my most vulnerable, they not only didn't take advantage, they were a great comfort and support. (Stephen Frost)read more
Ste Bear
Ste Bear
00:51 04 Feb 17
Philip was very easy to work with and made me feel at ease through the whole process. Thankyou
Chris Green
Chris Green
10:38 21 Dec 17
The funeral was highly personalised and nuanced with great sensitivity to our particular circumstance. An occasion which could have been daunting was made pleasant. All concerned felt the Service was apt and moving. In short, it could not have been done better.read more
keith burstein
keith burstein
16:57 23 Jul 17