We are here to help create a bespoke and fitting day of remembrance – however individual your requests are.
A funeral should reflect a person’s character, using your ideas, their own requests and incorporating their particular beliefs, passions and hobbies.
Please see the list below for some examples of the different types of funerals we provide:
Cremation or burial
A service of cremation may be chosen to co-ordinate with the family’s needs and at times is not attended at all by the family. A service of cremation can be a less expensive alternative to burial, especially if the cremated remains are scattered rather than buried as a final resting place. In this case it will not be necessary for a memorial to be placed.
Burials may be chosen locally. For those living within the parish of a council run cemetery (Lewes Cemetery) the costs are less than for those living outside the council boundaries. The costs are also determined by whether the grave is new or existing and the depth of the grave that is chosen to be prepared.
Lewes cemetery has few remaining spaces for new graves – at this moment, the council have made no plans for a new site.
Please be advised that most churchyards within Lewes are now closed for new burials. If there is an existing grave within the family and it is deemed to have space, burial may granted by the incumbent of the church.
Churchyards in the surrounding areas of Lewes such as Ringmer, Kingston, Barcombe etc. are still open for parishioners of the village, unless a specific reason can be given to the incumbent which may entitle a non-parishioner to be buried there.
Natural burial grounds are also available. Clayton Wood is available for those who prefer to be part of a new English wood within the South Downs National Park. There is also a woodland burial ground within Woodingdean Cemetery.
This service is the most basic and therefore the least expensive service we offer. There is no formal service at the crematorium of our choice and the date and time of the cremation is also chosen to suit us – usually first thing in the morning at Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton.
The families who choose this service usually do so if it was the request of the deceased person to cause minimum fuss, if they are planning a memorial service/ceremony at later date, or if financially this is better suited to the funds they have available.
Our service includes – the necessary administration for the cremation, removal of the deceased within office hours, care of the body until the day of the funeral, a simple coffin, hearse and bearers to transport the coffin directly to the crematorium chapel and if requested, the safe return of the ashes.
Our charge for this service is detailed on our price list
Please feel able to discuss this option and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have.
Religious or non-religious
We do not represent a single religion or culture and will assist you in whatever requirements you have.
Should you need help in finding a religious or non-religious celebrant to conduct the funeral or advise you in a religion that may not be your own, we will gladly do our very best to help.
For those who are religious, the person’s parish church or place of worship should be a support to you and will help provide a funeral service there, at the crematorium chapel, or at the graveside, should you so wish.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) are able to provide celebrants in order to deliver a non-religious ceremony. Their views are more atheist, rather than agnostic or multi-faith. Ceremonies can be held anywhere other than a religious building.
Lewes Register office also offer a Civil Funeral Ceremony, similarly to the BHA it is predominately non-religious but they are flexible and will include a hymn or a prayer if requested.
We can assist you in making the best choice for you and your family as most of the local celebrants are known to us.
For those who wish, it is also permitted for the family to officiate the ceremony.
Traditional funeralsWe are also able to offer authentic hearses in black or white, which may be drawn by a pair or team of four, Belgian black horses (Friesians). Alternatively, we can supply a pair of the very best white horses.
The horses are traditionally dressed to draw the Victorian hearse with their Ostrich plume head-dress and modest drapes. Coloured plumes and flowers can be sought to decorate the hearse.
For those who are local, Harvey’s also allow us to hire their dray.
Previous themes have included military and uniformed groups, bonfire societies, live music, artwork and sculptures, motorcycles or just asking people to dress in a specific colour.
And there’s more…There are a vast array of options available – so if there is something in particular which you feel would be fitting, please do ask.
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