Meaningful bespoke funerals
Meaningful funerals can take many forms, and much depends on what you would like to do. The specific circumstances of each funeral are always unique. We want you to be proud of what we put together.
We are experienced progressive funeral directors with a beautiful, calming premises in a lovely building at Preston Park train station. We’ve been supporting communities in Brighton & Hove and beyond for eight years. We are passionate about our work and approach. We will listen to your needs and use our experience to help you to make the best of things.
As fully trained celebrants we can also support you through the ceremonial aspects of funeral gatherings as well as taking care of all the practical and legal elements. We can also help you to put together creative elements to really personalise the event.
Help to arrange a funeral
You will need to consider how to say goodbye. This will involve practical and emotional decision-making so that all legal obligations are met and the people involved can mourn/celebrate on their own terms. Take your time.
We can support you through the entire funeral arranging process, or just help with specific jobs.
Get in touch if you would like our help.
Ceremonial, ritual support
We are qualified secular non-denominational celebrants. We can offer you one person to support you through the logistical process and the ceremonial part of the funeral. We can help you put together a funeral ceremony that is mixed religious, semi-religious, or non-religious. We will work out how to say that final goodbye in a personal, reflective way whilst considering everyone who might be coming along.
We are happy to offer ceremonial support as a standalone service and can work alongside any other funeral director of your choice.
Email or call us to begin the process.
Caring for the person who has died
A body is a person who is no longer there; not a health risk. It is absolutely your choice what happens to them. We can collect the person who has died and care for them in our specialist facility until the day of the funeral.
You can direct us to wash and dress the body and put them in their coffin or shroud. We follow respectful, non-intrusive procedures when it comes to washing, dressing and caring for the body. You can arrange to come and visit your person in our peaceful chapel of rest at a time that suits you.
Care for the body at home
You may wish to care for the body yourself at home before the funeral takes place. This can be both practical and meaningful.
We teach practical courses to support you to confidently care for a body at home. This is something that many cultures, including our own, have taken on as a responsibility for most of the history of humankind. It offers you time to come to terms with what has happened gently, and say goodbye in your own time.
Completing the paperwork
There is a certain amount of legal paperwork to be done in respect of the funeral proceedings.
Contact us now if you’d like us to take care of this for you.
Your funeral arranger will have the necessary forms when you meet and help you complete them. The forms differ depending on where the person died and whether they are to be buried or cremated.
If the person who has died is to be cremated, then the statutory cremation form needs to be completed by a doctor. There is a fee for this service, payable to the doctors/hospital.
If they are to be buried, there are no additional forms required by the doctors other than the Medical Certificate of Death.
If the person has died at the hospital it may well make sense to complete this paperwork before the body is moved. We can process this for you.
If it is not delivered to you then you will need to collect the Medical Certificate of Death from the nursing home/hospice/surgery, along with any personal belongings of the deceased. Please note that you will need the Medical Certificate of Death in order to register the death.
Once the doctor has seen the deceased and certified the death, the funeral director can be called to transfer the deceased to a safe place. You can keep your loved one at home for as long as you like – until the funeral or until you feel you have had enough time to say goodbye. You can change your mind about this too. Just do what feels comfortable at the time.
When a death occurs at home the deceased’s GP must be contacted so they can come to the home to examine the deceased and certify the death. The doctor will normally issue the Medical Certificate of Death.
We forge meaningful relationships with our clients during the funeral process. We are always on hand after the funeral and can guide you to appropriate bereavement support.
You might choose to work with us on a fitting memorial after he funeral date. We have accompanied families out to scatter ashes at sea, supporting with music and poetry.
We can support and empower you to create you the space and time you need to begin to process things. We’re always here.