At ARKA Original Funerals we make sure that you feel comfortable and unpressured about making decisions for the funeral of a loved one.

    We offer advice and information about the wide range of choices available for both traditional and green funerals, including Council and church owned cemeteries, woodland burials, cremation, ashes interment and scattering.

    Encouraging you to participate as much as you wish, we help to create and style personal ceremonies, through the provision of ministers, or celebrants, and the fitting selection of music, vehicles and other poignant and personal touches.

    We are a dedicated team offering a professional service to the highest standards, and believe that every funeral can be a unique experience, truly representing the life, beliefs, and wishes of the deceased, as well as their friends and family. You can contact the ARKA Original Funerals team at either of our Brighton offices during the day, or at any time during the night and weekends via our 24 hour answering service.


    Brighton Death Festival are now Brighton Death Forum!


    To celebrate this we are having a launch party at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse


    on Tuesday 1st November at 6pm.

    We’re proudly presenting an inspirational favourite – ‘Departures’ – followed by an Ask us Anything Q&A with Funeral Directors Cara Mair of ARKA and Tora Colwill of The Modern Funeral, and a drinks reception in the Picturehouse bar.
    Tickets are available here:




    Other News:

    ARKA presents…a completely new concept in coffin design – the Pebblewood Coffin,

    a beautifully made structure that holds and protects the body in a foetal position. The outside resembles a pebble, a natural, familiar, comforting shape, smooth and tactile, made of Birch ply wood. Together with its smaller cousin, the Pebblewood Urn, the coffin can be seen exclusively in the window of our ARKA branch near Brighton station during the months of SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER 2016.


    The designer, Davina Kemble suggests that this aesthetically pleasing object could be part of your home now, and used as a beautiful coffee table, and when needed at the time of death, the deceased can be nestled within, the pebble gently closed and used as a coffin.


    Read about it in The Argus, Brighton’s local newspaper


    Arka’s Funeral Director, Cara Mair, talked on BBC Sussex about the concept of having a coffin as a useful item in your life now (clip starts at 2:56′, available until 15th Oct 2016)




    ARKA have signed up to the FAIR FUNERALS PLEDGE

    Buying a funeral can be expensive and confusing. It’s difficult to find clear, comparable information about what things cost. And there are huge differences in what funeral directors charge. Without knowing what the options are, families and friends can end up buying funerals they can’t afford. So, by signing the Fair Funerals pledge, as funeral directors ARKA are committing:

    1. To recognise that funerals can be expensive and that many people struggle with the cost.

    2. To be transparent, honest and open about our charges, and help people design funerals that are within their means.

    3. To be clear and open about our most affordable options, and including third party costs – in conversations, on our price lists, and our website.


    We took part in the big Mourning Conversations event in Lewes on 4th/5th June.

    Cara from ARKA Original Funerals, and Tora from The Modern Funeral, were there to represent Brighton Death Festival

    With informative stalls offering practical advice and support. And we joined a panel of local funeral directors for what was a lively discussion about funeral practices, answering questions from the audience, and it sparked a good discussion about ‘The Future of Death’.



    Brighton Death Festival held a Free Open Day event on 14th May 2016 at Brighton’s beautiful Extra Mural Chapel and cemetery grounds. Another successful and positive event for the Brighton community that sparked conversations around death and dying.



    “Funeral Support: MPs call for overhaul of ‘outdated system’ “

    In March the BBC published an online article about how the cost of even the most basic funeral can drive families into debt, and that MPs were urging an overhaul of the support system in England and Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35929932


    The BBC ask: Are you affected by this story? Have you faced debt over funeral costs? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your experience. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact the BBC in the following ways:


    A funeral director at Vegfest?? Whatever next!!!

    IN February 2016 ARKA’s Cara Mair gave a talk at this major show – about how to be empowered in making choices around death and dying. ARKA care for the earth and all creatures living within and on it, how our choices in death have an impact on the planet, how everyone can become more involved and take control.
    We all know of people who have been to ‘disappointing impersonal funerals’. Together we can change this.





    Brighton has a new festival: Brighton Death Festival

    IN October 2015: ARKA, in collaboration with The Modern Funeral and Philippa Snell Wild Arts, organised the first Brighton Death Festivaland we continue to offer related events throughout the year…

    see photographs of the day here


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    Our ARKA branches in Brighton:

    39-41 Surrey Street, Brighton BN1 3PB, Tel. 01273 766620


    136 Islingword Road, Brighton BN2 9SH, Tel. 01273 621444




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