In the past, a “Pauper’s funeral” was a funeral paid for by the state, for those who either didn’t have enough money in their estate or family members willing to cover the costs of the burial arrangements. This was one of the earliest social welfare provisions in Britain, dating all the way back to Elizabethan [...]

Agricultural prosperity, Christian churches, and the City of the Dead attract tourists from all over Russia. In North Ossetia, there is a village called Dargavs, which has a peculiar history behind it. The City of the Dead, as the village is known, is the location where people who lived in surrounding valleys buried the ones [...]

Would you know what hymn or song your loved one would want played at their funeral? If not, you are not alone, more than seven out of ten people in a recent survey said that they were not certain. Popular Funeral Songs In a previous survey of the nation’s top 10 most popular contemporary funeral [...]

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Over one thousand years ago a priest known as Kuukai founded the Buddhist sect of Shingon in Northern Japan. Based on the sect’s belief that physical punishment was the path to enlightenment, the practice of Sokushinbutsu, or self-mummification, was born: a decade-long process of slowly poisoning the body in the hopes of achieving successful mummification [...]

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As respected members of the Dying Matters coalition, and as part of the associated Awareness Week, we at the Brighton and Hove based ‘Sussex Funeral Directors’ are proud to be hosting a funeral fair, from 10am to 4pm at Hove Town Hall, on Tuesday May 14th 2013. We feel that this is a fantastic opportunity to [...]

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Sussex Funeral Services has fast become a benchmark for funeral directors in the Sussex area and beyond. Although a relatively new independent business, they have been steadily gathering momentum and are now both well respected and admired in the region. The premises itself has been clearly designed to cater for the needs of the client. [...]

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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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Although death is a universal inevitability, losing somebody close to you can be a shock and an experience that all people find difficult to come to terms with on a personal level. It can be a particular challenge to help children though this time; not quite knowing their understanding of the situation and how they [...]

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As a Brighton and Hove community based independent Funeral Directors, Sussex Funeral Services, are hosting a funeral fair, from 10am to 4pm at Hove Town Hall, on Tuesday May 14th 2013. As members of the Dying Matters Coalition, we are helping to promote National Dying Matters Week – raising awareness in dying, death and bereavement which is also aimed at helping people [...]

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At Sussex Funeral Services, an independent brighton funeral directors, we feel that funerals should be an experience completely unique and tailored to the individuals needs. As time moves on we understand that traditional burials might not fit with modern day lifestyles and so in this blog we want to highlight an alternative funeral choice – [...]

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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