Why Do We Have Funerals

For some people the funeral ritual might seem outdated and unnecessary. There are many reasons why for your immediate and future grief that emotionally family and friends need to have a public goodbye for their loved one.

When we don’t have a funeral we are telling people that we do not want them to support us during our time of grief and many people who have chosen not to have a funeral service, either because their loved one said that they didn’t want a fuss or because of budget or any other reason, have found that they have not had anyone call them, write to them, visit them or even acknowledge the death of their loved one. We have been told by people who have experienced this that it is exceptionally distressing and it prolonged their grief as they were unable to discuss this with their friends.

A funeral service can be in a church, outside on the beach, at a graveside, in your backyard or in any other location that is suitable for your loved one. We at Grace Funerals would like to work with you to create a meaningful celebration that may or may not be traditional, it might even be a small and private ceremony to celebrate your loved one/

The reasons we have a funeral can be best summed up by J William Worden in his “4 Stages of Mourning”.

The funeral allows us to:

  1. Accept the reality of what’s happened
  2. Feel the pain of grief
  3. Adjust to an environment in which the person is missing
  4. Find ways to maintain a connection whilst embarking on your own life

 

If you would like to plan your own goodbye please see the resources available at http://www.yourgoodbye.com/

In addition, please watch this video or download the “Your Story” book to start planning a celebration.

 

Dear Asha and Team,

 

When my son suicided it was the darkest time of my life. Your care, love and compassion helped to carry us through. You seemed to know exactly what we wanted and everything was handled with understanding and delicacy.

 

The service was a perfect tribute to his remarkable life. Your ability to accommodate our unusual requests (people signing the coffin and posting photo’s on it) meant that Sean received the farewell that I am sure he would have wanted.

 

Thank you all so much.

Linda Campbell
May 2017

It was such an emotional time for us but your professionalism and compassion helped enormously.

I haven’t been through this process before but it wasn’t upsetting as both Julie and Jo gave us such support and nothing was too much trouble.

I would definitely recommend Grace Funerals after our experience.

Carol & Rob
January 2017

The team at Grace Funerals, especially Asha and Tom, are wonderful people to work with. They provided professional, compassionate guidance through the funeral planning process, and my dad’s service was exactly how we envisioned. I would recommend Grace Funerals to anybody who finds themselves in the unfortunate position of needing to plan a funeral.

Nat Wells
April 2016

Not only were you all very patient but showed compassion in this difficult time. Tom we thank you and all your wonderful staff. The women looked so beautiful on the day and we were all touched at how everything fell into place. We think Dad would have been honoured.

Marie Walcott
July 2016

“Your professionalism, graciousness, love, comfort & support show to us at this most difficult time of losing our beautiful mother will never be forgotten. Every detail was handled with perfection, everything was very well co-ordinated in a very tight timeframe.”

Lorrene
April 2016

Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude to you and the staff at Grace Funerals. You kindness and assistance made the day a beautiful memory for us to reflect back on.

Pam
January 2016

The funeral service that you put together was absolutely perfect and was exactly what mum would have wanted. Please know that if I ever need a funeral director again you will be my first call.

Steve Nicholls

Grace Funerals were professional, compassionate and showed immense understanding throughout the whole process of my grandmother’s funeral. They came highly recommended by our Bishop and entire church community – and know I know why! Their service was outstanding and they showed show much attention to detail. Asha went out of her way to make sure the funeral was as beautiful and memorable as our nan while also carefully considering our budget and highly unique needs. The facilities had a wonderful ambiance and the day felt intimate, warm and welcoming. We had several extenuating circumstances that could have proven extremely difficult and stressful but Asha and her team really took us by the hand and handled everything for us. We can’t thank you enough. I would never go anywhere else now! I can’t recommend you highly enough!

Michelle Said
June 2017

Locations

Grace Funerals Emu Plains

61 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750

Grace Funerals Springwood

5 Raymond Lane , Springwood, NSW, 2777