A Personal Statement from Philip Evans (Jnr)
My name is Philip Evans (Jnr) and I am the Director of Sussex Funeral Services and Brighton Funeral Directors. My wife Sallie and I are joint owners of the business with Sallie also working alongside me to provide the necessary female touch that may be welcomed.
Our mission is to ensure that you and your family are treated with compassion and dignity and moreover that you are given the caring and professional service that you need in your time of grief. My personal expertise lies in assisting you to create the funeral service that is right for you by ensuring you are familiar with all options available and by making caring suggestions should you understandably find inspiration difficult to come by.
Things to consider might be what type of funeral i.e cremation or burial, simple or traditional, religious or non-religious, a Humanist or a Celebrant, what type of coffin, if it’s a burial is it local authority cemetery or a natural burial ground? So plenty of discussion points for you an your family to consider.
Any time you need advice or guidance or have something you wish to discuss, both Sallie and I are available. It may be comforting to know that we also have some idea of what you’re going through, as we have both had to arrange funeral services for our own nearest and dearest, with my Brother and Sallie’s Parents.
The untimely death of my Brother, who passed away from illness when he was only thirty-nine, was the catalyst that inspired me to join the funeral profession. Naturally, I had suffered the loss of family members and friends before, but never the death of an immediate family member, someone to whom I was so close. It was my first experience with true grief and having to coordinate and organise a funeral while still trying to come to terms with my loss was daunting.
Organising his funeral gave me a new clarity and purpose in life. It was important to me that I honour and celebrate his life and convey to everyone the wonderful man I knew as my Brother. By going through old family photos, I found myself flooded with memories that inspired me to create a lovely visual and oral eulogy. It was one of the most important duties and also one of the proudest moments of my life.
For me, his funeral was an important opportunity not only to celebrate his life but also to give thanks for all the good that he brought to my life and to the lives of those around him. Without my Brother, I would not be the man I am today, nor would I be in the position of proudly opening my own funeral home with a view to developing and growing one of the few independent Funeral Service providers in Brighton, a company that is now second to none in providing clients with the best possible service.