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Arranging a funeral

Saying goodbye will always be hard. But our family strives to do everything to make it memorable as well. We aim to create a personalised farewell that will truly honour your loved one and allow those left behind to say their goodbyes in the way they want to. Our end-to-end approach to planning allows family and friends to make informed decisions every step of the way and gives them the time and space to focus on what’s important – celebrating a life. Of course there’s a lot to consider, but we provide a calming, caring reassurance that will help you get through it one step at a time. Some of the decisions we’ll help with;

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What type of service?

The type of service you choose is only limited by your imagination. While some people prefer a more traditional or religious service others are looking for different ways to say their farewells. Whatever the preference, we will work with you to deliver a cremation or burial service that reflects the personality and beliefs of the person who has passed. We will guide you through all the possible options and pricing, ensure that all the service requirements are booked and confirmed – and we’ll keep you fully informed throughout the process.

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Which venue?

The venue for the service should reflect the person being honoured. Chapels are typically the most traditional and intimate environments to farewell your loved one. But we can work with any place of worship or public facility – providing that funeral services can be held at the site. So whether your chosen location is in the Central Coast, Wollongong, Western Sydney or anywhere in between we are here to help.

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What vehicles will we need?

A traditional hearse to transport your loved one is always included in our funeral plans. Other vehicles such as mourning sedans and limousines can also be arranged to take family members to the service. If your loved one was a bike fanatic, we can arrange a Harley Davidson in place of the hearse if required. If you have something specific in mind, please ask.

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What about coffins or caskets?

We offer a select range of coffins and caskets to ensure that all parts of the community are catered for and that there is something available to suit all tastes and budgets. If there is a specific coffin you would prefer and we don’t stock it, please just ask and we will source it for you.

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Who deals with flowers?

We can. And we know they’re a big part of the day. And that is why we partner with a florist who is also a family friend. This ensures close communications, the highest quality flowers and one less thing for you to worry about.

We supply only the freshest available so what’s delivered on the day will be a fitting tribute to your loved one.

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What about music? Hymns?

Music is a key memory trigger and the sounds of a song that was shared with your loved one can bring back many happy memories. Selecting the music for your service is another way you and your family can make the day poignant and personal. Live music is a beautiful addition to any funeral service – we can assist in sourcing the perfect musician for you.

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How much is it all going to cost?

We have packages to suit all tastes and budgets and will go through everything with you so you can make informed decisions for you and your family. For those who have already subscribed to our burial or prepaid cremation service, we’ll have all that information to hand when we make contact.

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What else?

We work with a professional videography and photography company who specialise in capturing the essence of a funeral service. Like us they work to the highest standards and are always respectful and discreet.

Stories from our clients

“We would like to thank you for all of the care and thoughtfulness that went into my grandmother’s (Gwen) funeral.

Thank you for the care and compassion you showed my mother and the strength you showed. Your kindness will always be appreciated and never forgotten."

- Belinda and family

“On behalf of Russell's family I would like to express our gratitude for the wonderful send off Russell had last Friday. Everything was so well organised and we were very happy with the service you provided. The Celebrant, Deborah Jenkins was a perfect choice as her presentation at the Funeral Service was excellent.”

- Dianne

“With deep appreciation for your kindness and sympathy. You have indeed made our sad time a little easier to bear.”

- Dianne and family

“Thank you so much for being exactly what our family needed in the funeral preparation and the funeral service for our much loved mother.”

- Doris

“I am writing to thank you and every member of your staff for the professional and caring service on the occasion of my husband’s (David) funerals service on 29th May 2017.

We could not fault any part of the service, and we are most grateful."

- Jill and family

“I'd like to thank you and your team for taking care of all the arrangements for my Dad's funeral. On the day of the service the staff were so understanding, kind and supportive it made such a difficult day easier to get through.”

- Laura

“Your bright spirits and kind hearts reflected your professionalism and deep caring for families at their significant time of loss.”

- Lesley, Chris, Rob, Phil and Ken

“Thank you for looking after mum and all the hard work you have done! Words can’t thank you enough. You are one of the best human beings I have ever met in my life. Thanks for being there for all of us girls and keeping me laughing at this sad time. I take my hat off to you, Matty. Love you heap a very special person with a lot of gifts."

- Lisa, Vanessa and Julie