Religious vs Celebrant Funeral Services Portslade

When it comes to funeral arrangements, deciding whether you would like a religious or a celebrant funeral service is one of the first choices the deceased’s family must make. At Sussex Funeral Services, we are here to help you at every step of the decision-making process.

Sometimes the deceased has left clear wishes regarding the type of funeral service that they prefer. However, for many loved ones, the decision is not an obvious one. On this page we explore the difference between these two types of funeral services and offer you an idea of which might be right for your family.

Religious Funeral Services

If the deceased belonged to a particular religion, church or faith, then usually the funeral services will be officiated by a minister of that faith according to the wishes of the deceased. If the officiant has not yet presented themselves to the family of the deceased, then we will make all the necessary arrangements to find the most fitting officiant to conduct the service.

In cases where the loved one has not expressed particular wishes for their funeral, and especially where they were not particularly religious, we will discuss with you whether and what kind of religious service would be most fitting. In some cases, the deceased did not belong to a specific church or religion, but nevertheless their spirituality formed an essential component of their lives. Here the family may wish to incorporate that spirituality into the funeral service, perhaps utilising a blend of religious and secular elements in accordance with the way the deceased lived their life. We can help you select a fitting minister to officiate the service as well as help you choose particular readings or poems that reflect your loved one and add a personalised touch.

Celebrant Funeral Services

Celebrant funeral services can fully secular or a combination of religious and non-religious services, due to the wishes and beliefs of your loved one. The services are becoming increasingly popular in recent years due to the flexibility they offer for honouring the deceased in a unique way. They allow families to be creative, expressing their love and their grief in a fully personalised ceremony.

Philip is a highly trained and extensively experienced funeral director and celebrant, as well as being a full of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Whether you choose a fully secular service or would like blend of religious and secular elements, Philip can offer advice and guidance to help you create a meaningful and inspirational funeral service that profoundly honours your loved one’s passing. These carefully crafted ceremonies can focus on the celebration of life and love while still acknowledging the great loss suffered by the loved ones and family of the deceased. These ceremonies provide a way to say goodbye to your loved one in a deeply moving and personal way.

The Very Essence of a Caring, Continuous Relationship

At Sussex Funeral Services, we emphasise choice. You may opt to have a religious minister, another officiant, a dear family friend, or Philip himself to prepare and conduct the service. Whomever you choose, Sussex Funeral Services will assist you with every step of organising and arranging the ceremony.

If you decide that you would like Philip to help you create and conduct the funeral service, you can be confident that you will receive only the best possible service as well as the emotional support that is so necessary during this difficult time. This unconditional comfort and guidance begins from the very first moment that you contact Sussex Funeral Services, and is an integral part of our devotion to providing compassionate care and choice, as well as developing deep and trusting relationships with all of our clients.

Sussex Funeral Services is located on Portland Road in Hove and serves the town of Portslade. If you would like to discuss the possibilities offered by a religious or celebrant funeral service, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Phil from Sussex Funeral Services was absolutely fantastic in organising my Dad's funeral. He's done quite a few Hindu funerals before so knew exactly what we needed and organised everything on the short time we needed it done. Extremely professional and friendly.
Rajul Savani
Rajul Savani
19:56 06 Mar 20
I cannot recommend Sussex Funeral Services more highly. They handled all of our requests with great sensitivity and professionalism. Everything was explained clearly and in sufficient detail. Different service/cost options were discussed, and at no point did we feel unnecessarily overcharged. Nothing was too much trouble, they are lovely people and gave us really wonderful service.
Ann Gray
Ann Gray
06:37 20 Feb 20
It is never an easy time, saying goodbye to a loved one. Philip was great, helping us every step of the way. We had a dignified and fitting send off for my Father in law George.
dawn patram
dawn patram
13:03 19 Feb 20
I can not recommend highly enough Sussex Funeral Service extremely professional and caring and superb customer service, nothing was too much trouble in guiding us through a difficult time.
Nick Hackman
Nick Hackman
17:21 05 Feb 20
Truly an amazing funeral directors. Helped us bury my dad when it was so difficult for us. Coming from a culturally diverse background, it was nice to have people who worked around us to ensure my dad had the best, rather than have us to confirm to the service. Service is what we experienced from other funeral directors, therefore we moved to Sussex Funeral Services. I highly recommend Sussex Funeral Services for a personalised service which is people focus and they will help work within your budget.
Kenya Simpson Martin
Kenya Simpson Martin
16:33 28 Dec 19
Philip and Sallie provided a truly wonderful service at a very difficult moment in my life ....... and went the extra mile all the way round. I would thoroughly recommend them. Thank you Philip and Sally.
Really wonderful service from Phil and the team. Made everything seamless and very supportive all the way through. I would highly recommend to anyone.
bianca kokkolas
bianca kokkolas
15:17 13 Dec 19
From the moment that I met the team they were fantastic. Funerals are never an easy thing to be burdened with but the sussex funeral service helped put me and my family at ease with there attention to detail and their overall organisation. We would highly recommend their services.
Joseph B
Joseph B
14:08 13 Dec 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 Hagger
Joyce Brown
Joyce Brown
16:47 30 Aug 19