Civil Funerals

CandleA Civil Funeral

Is a funeral which is created to reflect the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family.  A celebration of life that can include hymns and prayers, favourite songs and poems.

Sue Shattock is a fully trained Civil Funeral and Ceremony Celebrant.  She is happy to travel within Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire to meet families and conduct ceremonies according to their wishes.  Sue has five years of ceremony experience and is a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals.

For further information on all ceremonies please email Sue or ask your funeral director to contact Sue on your behalf.   0794 941 7829  (mobile with voice-mail)


“I just wanted to thank you for leading yesterday’s service for our mother. We all thought you did a brilliant job, and that the service was a lovely way to say goodbye to her.” October 2009

“Many thanks for all your help and guidance in planning the celebration of Dad’s life. We appreciate all that you managed to convey about Dad without knowing him in person. Many people thought it was a wonderful celebration and we had many compliments in the way you led the service.” Kindest regards October 2009

“I had originally thought that if anyone sobbed then somehow we had failed but I now know I was completely wrong on that account. Both my daughters shed tears yet they thought it was wonderful – it was Nanny brought to life again for a brief moment. A relative, who had never experienced this type of service before, came up to me after and said, “I know this sounds weird but that was the best funeral I have ever been to.” So, thank you for all you did and keep up the good work. Kind regards   September 2009

“Thanks so much for all your help, Sue. I’ve had wonderful feedback about the ceremony, and several people have said appreciative things about your role in it. I especially valued your understanding of the emotional dynamics (hence the invaluable suggestion about laying the flowers last), your relaxed approach (making it so easy for the three other contributors to come forward when/if they chose), and, last but not least, your support for me at the end when I was overcome with grief.”  January 2010

“This is just a little line to thank you so very much on behalf of Maggie and us all for the way you conducted the Service for Bob today, all went very well, with tears but also with a feeling of great unity within our family. Thanks again.” February 2010


“Thank you for easing our day…the family, particularly Mum`s sisters, thought it just right.” March 2011





*Just a little note to thank you for making a difficult day  go smoothly.  It was just the way we had wanted for Dad  and what he would have wished for too.  All our family and friends were very touched with the way you  handled the service with dignity and sensitivity. Thank you from all of us.”
February 2011