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Death and taxes may be the two inevitable things in life, but increasingly the former is now celebrated rather than mourned. More and more loved ones are holding celebrations of life instead of traditional funerals. Why? While traditional funerals mark the passing of the deceased from the world of the living to the world of [...]

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While funerals are profoundly embedded within our traditions, they’re not a legal obligation. The UK government requires only two actions to be taken after someone dies: obtain a death certificate from the hospital doctor or a GP, and then register the death. A funeral is entirely optional. In recent times, several high-profile celebrities have gained [...]

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For many mourners, long gone are the days of sombre dress and tear-filled handkerchiefs. Today many of the last requests of the dearly departed are becoming increasingly unusual as the traditional funeral rites are beginning to be seen as stuffy and not in line with how the deceased wishes to be remembered. Continue reading “Unusual [...]

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I have written about the benefits of meditation on several occasions, from how it slows ageing, can make us happier, helps us develop and maintain and calm state, and even how it impacts our genes. So I just couldn’t wait to tell you about an amazing new study that can give hope to people who [...]

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From the mildly eccentric to the downright peculiar, there are a number of unusual ways some have adopted to say goodbye to loved ones. Nowadays, being buried in a eco-friendly/cardboard coffin is fast becoming a fashionable way to be buried. Not only is cardboard cheaper than wood, but it is also good for the environment.  [...]

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  Our association with Halloween is one of costumes and ghost stories, sweets and trick or treat. However, the religious roots of this now commercial enterprise can be found as far back as the fourth century church at Antioch, and more recently from Mexican Catholic tradition. Originally, All Saint’s Day was a celebration that took [...]

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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