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Personal Farewells offers both cremation and burial farewell options. This decision is an important one, so it is best to approach first. The decision-making only becomes more manageable from here.

We are here to guide and assist you with any questions you may have about either funeral option.

We want you to be as informed as possible so you can make a decision that takes your loved one’s wishes, your feelings, and the beliefs of the family into account.

A brief on cremation

Cremation can often be unfairly looked at as a replacement for a memorial service, however this is certainly not the case. Families can still honour their loved one with a memorial service. Some families even decide to bury the cremated remains in a plot. You deserve to have the experience you and your family find most suitable to heal, no matter what decision is made regarding the handling your loved ones physical remains.

Traditional burial service

You may decide to have a traditional burial in the sense of a viewing, a chapel service with clergy, and other factors.

No matter what others may say, there is no single or correct way to approach a funeral service. It is a personal decision made to honour the life of your loved one.

After you make the initial decision of a cremation or traditional burial, you can move further to selecting a clergy or a funeral celebrant to conduct the service.

A funeral celebrant has no religious affiliations whereas a clergy is an individual who will follow traditional religious protocols in the preparation and delivery of the funeral service. This decision is primarily dependent on your loved one’s beliefs, and decisions made by the family.

You can select a coffin or a casket depending on your personal preferences, the wishes of your loved one, or other considerations which can be discussed with the Funeral Director.

Visit our Coffins & Caskets page to assist with the decision making process.

There are a number of other decisions you may need to consider during the planning of a funeral.

These include;

  • Location of the funeral service
  • If a newspaper notice is to be published
  • If you would like a donation box to be available and which charity the funds will support
  • Music to be played at the service
  • Eulogy to be read
  • Prayers or poems to be read
  • Floral arrangements
  • If you would like a framed photograph to be displayed
  • Information and photographs for the Order of Service, should you wish to have one
  • Location of the wake should you wish to have one

All of these decisions can be discussed with your Funeral Director.

How prepared should you be?  There is no right or wrong answer.

Unfortunately, funerals almost always come quicker than anyone wants them to.

Your Funeral Director will be your confidant through this process. Never hesitate to ask a question, specify a detail or request an adjustment. It is an emotional time and we are here to give you the room to express this love, in whatever way you need.

The grieving process will vary from person to person.

Remember you are not alone.

Visit out Support Systems page for details on organisations that can assist you in your local area.