Since moving from Triangle Road to Sussex Road last August, our close knit team have been slowly developing a new service suite, one of the few non-denominational spaces dedicated to funeral services in the area.
Although it’s never easy to contemplate our own or our loved one’s mortality, there is much we can do to prepare for a funeral that celebrates an individual’s life in their own locality.
“The moment I stepped inside, I could feel the relaxed, nurturing space welcome me in. The room is spacious enough to sit up to fifty people yet feels intimate and private, thanks to the discreet windows and floral area outside the French doors.”
Ruth Lawrence, Sussex Living
Comfy chairs upholstered in gorgeous natural greens and aqua complement the stunning recessed panels with bird and floral designs, lending the room an immediately calming atmosphere. A state of the art screen can display high definition photos and video to add a further dimension to the celebration and people sometimes choose to create a personalised video of themselves to speak to their loved ones during the service.
Our vision for the suite is to return the funeral to where people have lived their lives and are part of the community, allowing them to mourn in their local area rather than having to travel out of the district for a service. A Minister, local celebrant or chosen person can lead the service and the deceased person can then be taken to a cemetery or crematorium of choice. This makes the service fully accessible for those unable to travel far; for instance, attendees from local care homes can be accommodated easily with minimum organisation for their carers. The service can be created around any culture or adapted for multi faith families; the important thing is that people take possession of the space and make it how they want it to be. There is no religious symbolism although people are welcome to bring in whatever they want.
The coffin can be placed anywhere, either in a discreet alcove, next to the light filled window or surrounded by people in the centre of a semicircle of friends and family. People can personalise the service as much or as little as they wish and importantly there is no time restriction so no one needs to feel rushed or under stress. Cremation or burial does not have to immediately follow the service; many people opt to have the service at a time that suits everyone and the cremation can take place in the morning at a more affordable time.
The facility is proving popular with those looking to plan and pay for their funeral in advance. At P & S Gallagher we use a very long established and highly respected Golden Charter Funeral Plan called The Independent Way; it is bespoke so that the simplest or most complex plans can be accommodated according to individual need. The funeral can be however you want it to be; your money goes into an independent trust and the price is fixed at the time you take up the plan. This means considerable savings as funeral costs increase over time and this plan means you pay for the future at today’s prices. To find out more about our Golden Charter funeral plans, visit our funeral plans section.
We believe that attending the funeral of a friend is a right and the new service suite makes funerals more accessible. There need be no long journey to a place the deceased person never visited; now local people who socialised with the person in this, their hometown, can say farewell from somewhere they know and are part of and the importance of this cannot be overestimated. Local civil celebrant Hayley Rich had strong praise for the new service suite when she commented that “it has a very relaxed, modern feel, very different from a crematorium chapel and there’s no rushing. It makes the day very special and personal.” The suite is fully disabled accessible and has parking on site or nearby. Inside, the gentle lighting and subtle stereo system make it feel homely and intimate rather than austere as chapels can sometimes be. People can choose to have an open coffin if they desire and the coffin can be decorated or themed in any way they choose for themselves or their loved one. We are passionate about the way people experience a funeral and with this new service suite, we have created something truly special that will ensure a moving and celebration of an individual’s life in beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
To find out more about the services offer, please contact us.
Name & Registered Office:
Sussex Family Funeral Ltd,
20 Sussex Road,
Company Number 08950861