Pay tribute to your loved one with a dedicated tree across Chichester or their name and information immortalised in the Book of Remembrance at Chichester Crematorium.
Remembering your loved one in Chichester
When a loved one dies and chooses to have their ashes scattered, their family and friends may want to designate a space in their memory to visit instead of a grave.
A memorial, such as a dedicated tree or bench, can be a meaningful way to remember your loved one. It can give you a spot to visit and think about your loved one in an area that was significant to them, such as the town where they grew up or their favourite spot in the park.
In Chichester, there are several ways you can set up a memorial for your loved one, including their own tree in Chichester or their name appearing in the Book of Remembrance at the crematorium.
Find your funeral director in Chichester who will help you arrange a cremation or burial, and give you ideas for a meaningful memorial.
Memorialisation is the process of preserving memories of the person who’s died
This could be displaying a memorial plaque, scattering their ashes in a special place or having a bench created in their memory.
Plant a tree in West Sussex
A lovely way to commemorate your loved one would be to donate a tree in their name. West Sussex Council runs a scheme where people can donate and plant a tree. You can apply for the tree online and if you apply by July, it will be planted in the following season, from November to February.
You can choose from a list of tree species that are approved for the specific area, but there are some limits around where exactly you can plant the tree, to prevent the tree from interfering with roads or parking.
The Young Tree Maintenance Team will care for the tree by inspecting it and carrying out any maintenance every year for the tree's first three years. Speak with the council about adding a plaque to the tree, as they may or may not allow this.
Donating a tree in your loved one’s name allows you to contribute to the environment and remember your loved one in a way that is unique to you and them. You’ll be able to visit the tree and pay your respects to your loved one whenever you’d like to. If they were passionate about nature and the environment then this is a fitting tribute.
Book of Remembrance at Chichester Crematorium
Inscribe your loved one’s name in the Book of Remembrance Room at Chichester Crematorium. You can add their name along with the date they died, plus a motif, if you’d like, such as a flower emblem or coat of arms.
The crematorium staff will turn the pages of the book every day so that the names of the people who died on that day will be displayed. On the anniversary of your loved one’s death, you can visit the Book of Remembrance to see their name.
Additionally, the crematorium staff can make copies of the inscription, which could be a lovely memorial for family and friends who do not live near the crematorium.
The price of including your loved one’s name in the Book of Remembrance varies, depending on the number of lines and whether or not you include a motif. Contact the crematorium directly for more information on the details and prices.
Arrange a direct cremation
If you’d prefer to arrange a direct cremation, you can have a memorial at any time, anywhere you wish, perhaps at home or your loved one’s favourite pub.