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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.