There is usually some time between making the initial funeral arrangements, and the time of the actual service. The length of time will depend on your instructions and cultural requirements, and the circumstances of the death. There is no need to feel rushed.
Our experience gives us a good understanding of what our families experience during this period, and it’s our purpose to help them protect the stories, memories and wishes of their loved one for years to come.
Almost 100 years of bringing people together to say goodbye has taught us the process is different for every culture, religion and person. Our experience is why flexibility and understanding underpins all our funeral services. It’s our mission to protect every member of our community by helping them celebrate the life of their loved one on their own terms.
When you add personal touches to a funeral, you become the guardian of your loved one and their story. At Guardian Funerals, our experienced funeral directors strive to help you create funeral services that are as unique as the person they celebrate.
Allow 1-2 hours for the first meeting, to get the funeral arrangements started. Not all decisions need to be made in this meeting, though there are some details that need to be agreed.
Your funeral director liaises with all service suppliers for you – you do not need to make contact yourself. This includes contacting the crematorium or cemetery and booking their facilities. They will provide you with a copy of the funeral arrangements so you both know what was agreed.
Having a funeral provides us with the opportunity to say our goodbyes, which is important for dealing with grief and finding support. Since time began, all cultures have created rituals to honour their dead because they knew that we have a need to acknowledge what the person meant to us and respectfully lay their body to rest.
You should allow enough time for out-of-town guests to travel to attend the service. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it may be necessary to factor in their requirements before a funeral can take place. Guardian Funerals will liaise with the Coroner and keep you informed of the expected timeline.
Almost anywhere. The most common sites for holding a funeral service are at a church or our beautiful chapel. Another option is to hold the entire service as a graveside service. A funeral service can be held at a family residence, or it might be possible to arrange for it at a favourite place, such as a beach, garden, golf club or RSL. Tell your funeral director about your thoughts and they'll be able to help you arrange something truly special. You can draw inspiration for your own arrangements from Book of Ideas, which contains stories shared by our funeral directors of how families have honoured their loved ones.
Yes. Guardian Funerals encourages families to participate in a funeral service. For example you can form a guard of honour, deliver a eulogy, decorate the coffin, or light a candle. Participating in the funeral allows you to express your feelings more meaningfully and will give the service a more personal touch.
Taking one last time to see your loved one before their funeral to reflect and spend a private moment with them can be very helpful to your grieving process.
Choosing whether to have a viewing is a personal choice, but it can be a special time together.
There is no wrong or right approach for writing eulogies. Our time bringing family and friends together to say goodbye has taught us the most special messages are the ones from the heart. We’ve reflected on the eulogies we’ve heard during our time and put together a guide to help you craft the perfect message of farewell for your loved one.