Traditional Funerals St Leonards-on-Sea

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Traditional Funerals St Leonards-on-Sea

When it comes to making funeral arrangements in St Leonards-on-Sea, there’s a wide choice of funeral options available. As a family-owned funeral directors, at Towners we understand that many families want a traditional funeral to say goodbye to a loved one.

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What is a Traditional Funeral?

Whilst people’s idea of a traditional church funeral in St Leonards-on-Sea may differ somewhat, when we refer to a traditional funeral, there’s common ground with characteristically English funeral arrangements.

A traditional funeral usually involves a ceremony with the coffin present and a priest, minister or secular officiant leading the service. It is also customary to have a hearse to convey the coffin and a limousine for the family. Many families like to decorate the coffin with flowers as a sign of love, and for a church funeral, there is often a graveside service. A wake or reception after the funeral where everyone can ‘raise a glass’ to the deceased is also a meaningful feature of a traditional funeral.

Today there are many other funeral services and choices available but, for decades, this is what the English have overwhelmingly chosen when it comes to making a traditional funeral arrangements.

St Leonards-on-Sea Local Funerals

Many traditional funerals, by their nature are local funerals taking place in a local village or town church, cemetery or crematorium chapel. Not only does this give comfort to family members, being where the deceased may have lived, it also makes it easier for people attending a funeral in the St Leonards area.

Graveside Service

As part of a traditional funeral, a local graveside service in a church or cemetery is often chosen. This may be limited to only family members or if you are having a graveside service after a traditional funeral, you can invite everyone who attended or let people know that you'd like to keep the service private and join them at the wake.

Crematorium Service

Many traditional funerals take place at a local crematorium, where the cremation service can be held in the crematorium, or another venue such as a place of worship before moving onto the crematorium. A cremation service is similar to a church funeral in that the order of service can follow a religious ritual, or it can be personalised by the family.

Unique Funerals in St Leonards-on-Sea

At Towners Funeral Directors, we believe that every funeral we provide is unique, and there doesn’t have to be a black and white choice between alternative and traditional funerals in St Leonards. We aim to be flexible and accommodate requests to include elements of both traditional and alternative funerals that fulfil the wishes of the deceased or family members.

If a traditional funeral is the wishes of your loved one or the choice of the family, get in touch on 01424 436 386, email Towners in St Leonards-on-Sea here or complete the contact form below to talk through the funeral arrangements and requirements you would like.

What makes a good funeral?

Of all the decisions you have to make about the funeral, one of the most important for the success of the ceremony is 'who is going to conduct the service?' If you are, or the person who has died was, a member of a particular church family or faith group the decision will be easy - you will invite your own minister, priest, rabbi, imam etc.

What to do when someone dies


Registering a death

One of the first duties that arises after a death is for someone to visit the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages covering the district where the death occurred to record the death in the official Register.

Informing Others

When somebody dies there are a lot of people and organisations who should be informed of the death.  

Dealing with Bereavement

The following helpful article on the topic of bereavement is written by the Reverend Jim Hobbs, M.A.  Jim is a local Anglican minister and professional counsellor, now retired.  We have worked with him many times over the years on funerals we have arranged.


Local Information and Useful Links

Links to local information and useful websites.