Religious vs Celebrant Funeral Services Rottingdean

The two biggest choices facing the families of the deceased are usually whether to hold a traditional or an alternative funeral service, and whether that service should be religious, secular, or a blend of the two. At Sussex Funeral Services, serving the Rottingdean community, we will help you navigate these choices, supporting you at every step of the decision-making process and providing advice and guidance as needed.

Some families already know whether they would like a religious or a celebrant service (also known as a secular or humanist funeral service), but for many families the decision is much less clear. On this page we provide the main differences between the two types of services and outline some of the options available to each.

Religious Funeral Services

When the departed was a regular practitioner of a particular faith or religious group, then generally the family will, in accordance with the wishes of the deceased, choose a religious service that follows the traditions of that faith and officiated by a minister or spiritual leader. Where the minister has not yet presented themselves to the family following the loved one’s passing, we will ensure that the most appropriate minister will be found to officiate the service.

In some cases, the deceased has not left clear wishes for their funeral arrangements and was not a regular church-goer or religious practitioner. In these cases, we will discuss the options available to you and help you decide whether a religious ceremony would be fitting. Sometimes the departed was not a member of a particular faith but was nevertheless a deeply spiritual person, and the family may wish to recognise that spirituality through religious or personalised funeral rites. Here too we will help you find the most appropriate minister who can prepare and officiate a meaningful service that incorporates a bespoke blend of religious and secular elements in accordance with your wishes.

Celebrant Funeral Services

An increasingly popular alternative to a wholly religious funeral ceremony is the celebrant, or secular, service. Celebrant funeral services offer flexibility of choice for the family and loved ones of the deceased, allowing them to create their own rituals to honour their life and passing. Celebrant services are carefully prepared to create a deeply personal and moving ceremony.

Philip, the owner and operator of Sussex Funeral Services, is a highly trained and experienced funeral director and celebrant. He is also a full member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Whether you require a fully secular celebrant service or would like to include religious elements, Philip will prepare a meaningful and inspiration funeral service that honours your loved one profoundly. In accordance with your wishes, he can prepare a service that focuses on the celebration of life and love while deeply acknowledging the great loss faced as a result of your loved one’s death. Such celebrant funeral services can provide an honest and personal way of saying goodbye to the departed in a way that honours their beliefs, wishes and personality.

The Very Essence of a Caring, Continuous Relationship

Whether you choose Philip, another officiant, minister or even a dear family friend to officiate the funeral ceremony, Sussex Funeral Services will help you with every aspect of the funeral arrangements. From securing a venue, arranging catering and ordering the flower arrangements, we will provide experienced guidance at every step of the way.

If you choose for Philip to prepare and officiate the service, you can be confident that he will provide you with nothing less than excellent service. Both Philip and Sallie will also offer you their unconditional comfort and support during this challenging time, beginning from the first moment you contact Sussex Funeral Services. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that you will never be alone during this painful journey.

Sussex Funeral Services serves the community of Rottingdean for all of your funeral needs. If you would like to explore whether a religious or celebrant funeral service is right for your family, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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