Funerals and Remembrance Ceremonies

Religious funerals may not be suitable for everyone. A civil funeral or remembrance ceremony offers a unique and sensitive alternative to a church funeral.

Friends and family members can take part if they choose. They can include favourite music, readings and treasured memories.

To book one of our Funeral Celebrants call 0345 60 80 198

or email funerals@eastsussex.gov.uk

Additionally, we can accomodate funerals, remembrance ceremonies and wakes at Southover Grange in the heart of Lewes.

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Civil funerals

The civil funeral ceremony is suitable for a cremation, burial or for burying ashes. They are generally non-religious, but may include hymns and prayers if you wish.

Civil funerals usually take place at a crematorium, cemetery chapel or at a non-religious graveside. However they can be held at any appropriate place, including our own Grade II* listed Southover Grange and many of our licenced venues.

Civil Funerals cannot take place at churches or religious buildings.

Remembrance ceremonies

A remembrance ceremony celebrates the life of a loved one. It could take place at any time after a funeral, at any suitable venue. This could include a private home, our own Grade II* listed Southover Grange or one of our licenced venues.

A remembrance ceremony is particularly suitable for situations when a death happens overseas and no funeral is possible, or on the anniversary of a death.

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Organising a civil funeral or remembrance ceremony

One of our trained and experienced Funeral Celebrants will discuss with you the best way to commemorate the life of your loved one. We will work closely with funeral directors, cemetery and crematoria staff to deliver a personal and dignified service.

For more information about booking your ceremony, call 0345 60 80 198 or email funerals@eastsussex.gov.uk

Cemeteries and crematoria

Most cemeteries and crematoria in East Sussex are run by district and borough councils. Full details about them are available on their websites:

Further advice for people organising a funeral