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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
Phillip Sallie and the rest of the staff at Sussex Funeral Services were absolutely brilliant when dealing with Dad's funeral. Would recommend them wholeheartedly if unfortunately you find yourself in need of their services. Top Class.read more
Michael
Michael
13:38 15 Apr 19
Fab Funeral....Phil has managed two funerals for me and my family having sadly lost two dear brothers in the last 14 months. It was great working with Phil to get the funeral plans in place to fit with our budget and our musical requirements. Both of my brothers loved music of the 60s, 70s and 80s and at the last funeral we paid extra for a double time slot at the Crem and ensured that we tested the music volume with the staff at the Crem and it was totally brilliant on the day with back to back tracks. Phil is a nice guy and so easy to work with and his superb people skills made it all so relaxed for family and friends on the day of the funeral. Phil even recommended a superb florist who prepared the flowers for the coffin. I would highly recommend Phil's funeral services to anyone....Don’t think twice about who to talk to about your funeral arrangements, talk to Phil. Regards, Clive Martin.read more
Clive Martin
Clive Martin
10:20 16 Apr 19
Phillip was great, he went threw everything with me and even filled out the paperwork I would definitely recommend sussex Funeral services
Lee Hughes
Lee Hughes
08:10 16 Apr 19
Philip and the team were fantastic. The compassion shown to the entire family was second to none. Made a very difficult time a little less difficult. Thank you
Matt Clark
Matt Clark
13:45 17 Apr 19
Philip and his team were really professional and helpful. They accommodated and delivered all our wishes, and sensitively guided us through the process. Fully recommended.
Tony Cartwright
Tony Cartwright
15:01 28 Apr 19
From the moment we met Philip, the Funeral Director, he was warm, kind and very helpful. He gave advice with every aspect of the funeral. Philip also delivered the Eulogy of my Dad ( having previously spent 2 hrs with my family, gathering information about Dad's life). He really captured the essence of my Dad and told the story of his life in a warm hearted, natural way.  After the funeral, family and friends, commented, on what a lovely service it was. From start to finish Sussex Funeral Services treated us all with the utmost respect and all my family agree, that we would highly recommend them.read more
Donna Deacon
Donna Deacon
21:35 02 May 19
I sadly lost my mother recently. The home where she had been living recommended Sussex Funeral Services to me saying they would look after everything. This was a blessing as I live in France. Phil, Sallie and Bob were wonderful...trying to organise a funeral from a distance could have been difficult and emotionally exhausting - it wasn't. They were all kind, helpful, considerate and incredibly efficient with every aspect of the planning, paperwork and the smooth running of funeral itself. My family and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Phil and his amazing team. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.read more
Chris Newton
Chris Newton
16:00 04 Jul 19
When my brother met me to discuss our mum funeral he was sure he wanted to go with Sussex Funeral services, I said not to make that decision because they were by far the cheapest. He said he didn’t and that when he met them they genuinely cared about all aspects and provided the emotional support that would be needed at this hard time where as others perhaps didn’t. They showed that from the moment I spoke to them on the phone I felt at ease and the service offered on the day of the funeral exceeded any expectations.Please don’t hesitate to use these guys. They have a Facebook page full of reviews, Google and Yell is nothing but positive feedback and when spending a large amount of money or dealing with something as important as saying goodbye to a loved one you need full assurance you are safe with who you are using and this case you’re far more then safe. It all comes down to personally liking someone sometimes and Phillip you should be proud of the successful business you have as I would recommend you to anyone and from what I can see so would many hundreds of other customers. Thank you.read more
Matthew Higgins
Matthew Higgins
22:21 10 Jul 19
We live in the North East of England whereas our daughter, who died in Sussex, had expressed a desire to be buried in Sussex.We wished to conduct a family service ourselves and It was our great good fortune to find Sussex Funerals who understood our needs and recognised (and helped us to overcome) the difficulties of long distance planning with great empathy and efficiency.Despite conducting all the arrangements by telephone, text and email Phillip Evans and his team were absolutely perfect on the day, gently guiding us through the processes whilst remaining ‘in the background’ as far as they possibly could.We are very grateful for the quiet dignity, respect and empathy shown by the whole team and would wholeheartedly recommend Sussex Funerals.read more
Austin Price
Austin Price
13:44 22 Jul 19
Phil at Sussex Funeral Services is so compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable. He made every stage of my dear mum’s funeral simple to move through. I felt held and supported all the way through. Thank you so much Phil!read more
Elaine Bartholomew
Elaine Bartholomew
09:50 16 Aug 19
My family and I lost our Dad on 20th June 2019 to a tragic accident. It was incredibly hard to process the reality of what was going to take place and what was expected of us. We were recommended Phil, Sallie, and Bob by Clayton burial ground for their ability to be light-hearted, while maintaining decorum and dignity. Our Dad was a very light-hearted man, so this suited us well. I remember the first day we met Sallie, and I will never forget it. My sister and I felt an enormous amount of sympathy when we walked through those doors. She could feel our pain, and we just hugged for a few minutes. The level of compassion was truly amazing, and the day went seamlessly. Bob was great at talking us through the pall-bearing, Sallie was on hand to give me a glass of water when our Dad arrived in the hearse, and Phil made us laugh on a few occasions on the run up to the funeral. It was things like this that made them amazing to us, and my sister and I are incredibly thankful to them for making the day what it was. I still have people telling me how much they enjoyed the funeral (which isn’t something you expect to hear!).Thank you again guys.Simon & Christina Spencer, and Family xxxxxread more
Simon Spencer
Simon Spencer
16:40 26 Aug 19
Philip,I just wanted to thank you formally for all your help in designing and delivering Joyce's funeral. I didn't really know how to go about choosing a funeral director, and I'm so glad I chose you. You gave extremely good advice about the design of the service. Throughout the process you have been very helpful and gave me a lot of reassurance through your obvious good planning, professionalism and expertise. And you provided me with great people to work with - Lisa with the flowers and, in particular, the wonderful Jen.I'm sure you know that this has been the most difficult time of my life. I'm very pleased with the way that the funeral went - as were all the people there. So you have my gratitude for making it a success and for the fact that the process was more pain free than I would have dared to imagine.Warm regards,Ed Haggerread more
Joyce Brown
Joyce Brown
16:47 30 Aug 19