Are you in need of a reputable and Independent Funeral Director in Brighton? 

Here is a guide to ensure you choose wisely.


Recommendations – Ask for Recommendations: Talk to friends, family members, or acquaintances who have recently organized a funeral. They may be able to recommend a funeral director based on their personal experience.

As Independent Funeral Directors in Brighton Sussex Funeral Services have conducted on average 130 funerals a year over the last 12 years and so has built a community of families and clients who have entrusted their loved ones with us, many of whom return to us as and when they need our services again.  We rely on our families to return to us when they do need us again and building trusted relationships with our clients is paramount.


Reviews – Check Online Reviews: Websites like Google Reviews, Yelp, or Trustpilot can provide insight into the experiences of others with local funeral directors. Look for consistently positive reviews and feedback.

Sussex Funeral Services has relied on receiving positive feedback from our clients and so as Independent Funeral Directors we are proud to share their reviews and testimonials with potential customers who need reassurance that they can trust and depend on our services.


Professional Associations – Contact Professional Associations: Funeral directors often belong to professional associations such as the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) or the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). These associations may have directories of members in your area.

Sussex Funeral Services are proud members of SAIF which is our industry association that represents the ‘Independent’ funeral director, as opposed the national conglomerate. 

Philip has obtained the relevant diploma in funeral directing, following three years of training.  We are also members of the Good Funeral Guide.  Such membership means that we are inspected regularly and comply with their stringent codes of conduct.


Websites – Visit Websites: Many funeral homes have websites where you can learn more about their services, facilities, and pricing. Look for professionalism and transparency in their online presence

Sussex Funeral Services has an online presence which provides a thorough guidance on our services provided.

We believe that our website at offers just that, a professional and transparent outlook; not to mention, complete transparency with regards our costs. 

We provide typical pricing structures depending on the level of services required and depending on your budget.  We are always happy to receive bespoke requests and will do our utmost to honour the wishes of the family or your loved one (within reason of course).


Personal Visits – Meet in Person: Once you’ve narrowed down your options, consider visiting the funeral homes in person to get a sense of their facilities and staff. This can also be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your needs.

At Sussex Funerals Services we are more than happy for anyone to come and visit us in person.  In fact, we wholly recommend a face-face meeting so that you can assess for yourself in person, our personal approach, the premises where your loved one will be looked after and whether you feel comfortable using our services. 


Specialist Funeral Directors – Consider Specialized Services: Depending on your cultural or religious background, you may want to find a funeral director who specializes in providing services that align with your beliefs and traditions.

Philip is a trained and experienced celebrant and can provide celebrancy services to families based on individual needs and wishes – for example he will provide as much as he can when it comes to putting together eulogies and deliver whatever the family needs in respect of eulogies and personal tributes. 

As well as providing non-religious celebrant services to families, he has years of experience in working with multi-faith families, which include faiths such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Bahaism,  Zoroastrian and even Taoism.  It is always worth a chat if you need advice.

And we believe that as independent funeral directors, here in Brighton & Hove, that we are better positioned than many of the bigger companies to be able to offer exactly what it is you want, without being restricted by corporate policies or constraints.


Remember to take your time and ask plenty of questions to ensure that you find a funeral director who can meet your needs and provide the support you require during a difficult time.


The biggest advice is consider using an Independent Funeral Director company and consider all the above points to help you determine whether or not your loved one is in safe hands.


Philip Evans (Owner Director of Sussex Funeral Services with Sallie Evans) brighton funeral directors in Sussex.