For some people the funeral ritual might seem outdated and unnecessary.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:
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.
Highly recommend Grace Funerals, they were very caring, supportive and knowledgeable. The day went perfectly and we couldn’t be happier with their service.
Consultant, Rose, and celebrant, Tom, were wonderful in their approach and in their attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I could not be happier with how they assisted us at this very difficult time.
I genuinely felt the care and professionalism was of the greatest level, our day was flawless and beautiful.
I can’t recommend Grace Funerals highly enough. Tom Dooley and his team looked after the funerals for both my mother and father and made everything easy. Tom is very professional and has exactly the right words to say in the service. Thanks Tom!!
Thank you Grace funerals for helping our family through a difficult time. You were always very accommodating to our needs and with your help we were able to give our dad the best send off we could have hoped for. Would definitely recommend your services to others.
Everyone I dealt with at Grace, was friendly and approachable. Costs were upfront so I knew what to expect and the day of my Mothers service (it was a large service that I wasn’t expecting) but they were friendly and warm, keeping everything running smoothly. Thank you.
My family and I were more than happy with all the arrangements every thing fell into place perfectly. I have received feed back from family and friends that it was the best funeral that they have attended.
Grace Funerals were excellent in the manner in which they conducted a difficult process for us.Tom and Asha were relaxed and caring and carried out the duties in a very professional way. We could not fault them and would not hesitate to recommend them as funeral directors.
Grace Funerals were extremely professional, caring, respectful and highly efficient in their services. Nothing was too much for them. They provided dad with a beautiful service and treated him and us with nothing but the upmost respect and dignity. Would highly recommend them to anyone requiring their services in the region.
Grace Funerals provided us with everything we needed, including care and understanding, to tailor the funeral perfectly to something our mother would have loved.
“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.”
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!
The family send our appreciation for the beautiful funeral service organized for our dear Mother. You worked seamlessly in the background so that everything ran smoothly and she had the best send off possible.
The team at Grace funerals helped us through the difficult time with the sudden death of our son. They were patient, caring and professional. The fee was reasonable. A great support helping us through this journey.