Funeral Directors in Rottingdean

Located in Brighton and Hove, Sussex Funeral Services is an independently owned company run by husband-and-wife duo, Philip and Sallie Evans. Our reputation for compassionate, caring, and professional service has set many people at ease during the difficult time of planning a funeral. Supporting the community as Funeral Directors serving Rottingdean, we will help you throughout the process; both with our own areas of expertise and both ready to support you and your family when you need it most.

Which Funeral Service Is Right For You?

With a lot of options available when considering a service for your loved one, we realise it can be a challenging experience, especially when you are bereaved. At Sussex Funeral Services however, we think of choice positively, in fact we place a lot of stock in our slogan ‘for caring, compassion and choice’ because it means we’re able to really personalise the day to honour your loved one. Whether that entails a traditional approach or an alternative occasion – perhaps a natural burial for example; We always encourage you to consider your choices without any pressure and in a caring environment. We will never recommend anything unnecessarily expensive either and will remain flexible and responsive until your, and your loved one’s, wishes are met. Here are some of the service options to consider:

Attended Full Cremation Service

With a strong shift in people choosing cremation, an attended full cremation service isn’t that unlike a traditional burial service. You can still expect readings and eulogies in a service held at a parish church or at the crematorium itself. If you’d prefer a secular service, this can also be arranged at a more sentimental location before the actual cremation. A full cremation service can cost from £2,800, but depends of course on what extra services you may want.

Unattended Direct Cremation

As Funeral Directors working with the community of Rottingdean, we can also arrange for an unattended direct cremation where your loved one will be cremated, but without the funeral service. This makes it a more affordable option at £799 plus disbursements such as the crematorium fees and doctor’s fees where applicable.

Full Traditional Burial Service

At an estimated price of £3,849, full traditional burial services have changed somewhat over the years, but remain largely the same and generally follow an established and familiar protocol. Many traditional funerals will involve a minister officiating the service at a local church before the loved one is escorted to a cemetery or crematorium by hearse, but this can be personalised to suit individual needs.

Simple Direct To Grave Burial

At £999 plus burial fees, some people choose a simple direct-to-grave burial. This isn’t too unlike an unattended cremation, where there is no church service or graveside attendance. Loved ones are usually buried shortly after their passing.

As Funeral Directors assisting in Rottingdean, we understand that planning a service can be especially difficult when you’re grieving, which is why we offer the utmost care and compassion here at Sussex Funeral Services and will be there every step of the way, assisting in the choices that will make your loved one’s funeral as special as they were.

Traditional and Alternative Services

The team at Sussex Funeral Services offers the full range of traditional funeral services but also understands that there are many who prefer alternative services that more accurately reflect the deceased individual’s life, values, or wishes. We also understand the importance of faith and spirituality and can arrange dignified and respectful funerals officiated by faith or spiritual leaders across any denomination.

More and more families are choosing celebrant funerals to see off their departed. Celebrant funerals focus on the wishes, beliefs, and values of the deceased individual and aim to create a meaningful ceremony that celebrates the life that has been lived. A celebrant funeral may or may not include religious aspects, based on the family’s wishes.

Other alternative funerals or funeral services could include a motorcycle cortège and escort,  green funeral services that make use of biodegradable coffins, or water biodegradable urns for a personal sendoff down a river, lake, or the ocean.

Why choose Sussex Funeral Services?

Dealing with the grief of a lost loved one is challenging enough without having to deal with the complexities of arranging a funeral. Having an experienced and compassionate team at your side during this time –a team that both acts as a source of support and takes care of all the necessary arrangements– can help make this difficult time much more manageable. Philip and Sallie Evans have been helping Rottingdean and its neighbouring communities say goodbye to their loved ones for more than a decade, providing them with compassionate care and outstanding service, across all faiths and funeral types. As a Brighton-based husband and wife team, we’re proud to be helping our communities lay our loved ones to rest.

Many of our clients reach out after everything is said and done, thanking us for helping them lay their loved ones to rest with dignity and respect. Please feel free to look at our testimonials page to see what others have said about their decision to go with Sussex Funeral Services.

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Frances H.
Frances H.
Sussex Funeral Services – Philip and Sallie Evans – were extremely professional and helped our family through a very emotional process. Philip as celebrant was excellent and the ceremony was handled with sensitivity, relevance and understanding.

Marianne A.
Marianne A.
Dear Phillip and SallieWe wanted to say a huge thank you to you both.It is really difficult to put into words what a difference you have made throughout this difficult process.From our first meeting I was able to put my trust in you to take care of all the details which had previously been overwhelming.It was so reassuring to have you both there guiding us on the day and putting us all at ease.We can’t thank you more

Colin H.
Colin H.
A lovely respectul service that went smoothly. The location was really peaceful and calming.

Helen S.
Helen S.
Well what can I say, Sally and Phillip did my husband very proud, with their help we organised the most amazing send off for him – organising a motorcycle and side car hearse, sourcing the coffin I wanted & writing & delivering an amazing eulogy. They dealt with the arrangements for the funeral professionally and with compassion from start to finish, communication throughout was excellent. Friends and family commented on how beautiful the service was & how well the service was delivered by Phillip in his role of Celebrant. Sallie was a fab funeral director on the day, organising the bikers who had turned up to escort my husband on his final ride. As a celebrant Phillip managed to capture the essence of my husband absolutely in the time we spent talking about him. Many people said how much they had learned from Phillips eulogy and from each of our individual tributes.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the best send off my amazing husband could have ever wished for .read more

Funeral plans

According to a 2017 study conducted by YouGov, a mere 6% of the UK population have plans and arrangements in place to deal with their death. We’re proud to have partnered with Golden Charter, one of the UK’s largest funeral plan providers, to bring you affordable and customisable funeral plan options. Having a funeral plan in place means:

  • Protecting your family’s well-being – Having a dedicated and caring team at your family’s side to take care of all the practical arrangements can be a great relief in a time that is otherwise very stressful.
  • Protecting your family’s financial interests – Your family will be protected from the financial pressure of having to pay for a funeral. Additionally, a locked-in funeral price means your premium isn’t subject to inflation.
  • Personalisation and peace of mind – Funeral plans allow you to select a plan that reflects your wishes and values. Whether it’s a particular type of service or treatment of your body, you can be assured that your final wishes will be honoured.
  • The assurance that a local and independent funeral director will look after you when the time comes.

Visit our funeral plans page to learn more.

Contact us

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our services, funeral plans, or just need a few answers to your questions. You can phone or text us at 07789 174453, or contact us through our portal.

Other Locations

We offer professional funeral services all over Sussex. Please refer to our other location pages if it would be more relevant.

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