Traditional vs Alternative Funeral Services Portslade

Today, there can appear to be an overwhelming variety of options available for both traditional and non-traditional funeral services. This is where Sussex Funeral Services can help. We will advise you and guide you through the wide array of options at your disposal, from the major choices, including the type of funeral, to the tiny, personal details that make the ceremony a personal, heartfelt occasion.

The first major decision is selecting the type of funeral ceremony, such as whether to have a traditional or an alternative service. Either type can be secular or religious, according to the wishes of the deceased and their family. On this page we explain the differences between the two primary types of funeral services and the broad options available to each.

Traditional Funeral Services

“One of the recognitions shared by humans throughout the world and over time is the importance of ritual.” ~ Kenneth J. Doka

While some components of a traditional funeral service have changed over the years, many of the most fundamental aspects of today’s traditional services would still be recognised by those living hundreds of years ago. At Sussex Funeral Services we can provide a traditional funeral ceremony in keeping with these time-honoured ceremonies.

There is an established etiquette for each stage of the traditional funeral ceremony. These may include:

  • A formal procession with hearse to escort the deceased to the cemetery or crematorium
  • A minister (secular or religious) to officiate at the service
  • Readings and/or prayers chosen by the deceased’s loved ones and family
  • A formal service at the parish church, often followed by the committal, or a full service at the cemetery or crematorium chapel

These are only a few options available to traditional funerals. If the ceremony is a religious one, these elements may vary according to the traditions of that religion.

Alternative Funeral Services

If you prefer a non-traditional, unique service, At Sussex Funeral Services we are here to help, and can help you arrange many different types of alternative funerals to honour the memory of the deceased. These alternative ceremonies have become more popular in recent years as more families are designing unique ways to celebrate the life lived rather then focusing on the loved one’s passing.

There are an endless range of options for alternative funerals, from “green” woodland burials, to ceremonies at sea, to a simple service at the crematorium. This allows you and your family to devise your own, personal way to honour the deceased in keeping with their wishes and personality. You can also choose a blend of personalised and traditional elements to create a ceremony that is as unique as your loved one.

Regardless of the type of funeral you choose, when it comes to honouring your loved one we can offer you the choice that you need to create a fitting and personalised ceremony. Whether you choose a traditional or completely unique funeral service, we will be there to advise and support you at every step of the way.

At Sussex Funeral Services, we will never rush you into making decisions. We will simply guide you at your own pace, ensuring that no detail is overlooked during the decision-making process, from the largest decisions to the tiniest personalised touches that make the ceremony personal and memorable.

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Located on Portland Road in Hove, Sussex Funeral Services provides funeral arrangements and celebrancy services to the town of Portslade. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and discover how we can help you.

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