Personalising the Service

memory-boxIt is important to remember that a funeral service for your loved one is your chance to say your perfect farewell to them and however you would like to celebrate them we are here to make it happen.

At Grace Funerals we believe that each person is an individual and we would like to help you create a unique and highly personalised funeral for you.

We can assist by making any tribute happen for you, just ask. Below is a list of ideas:

Services and Cost Options

Order of Service booklets
Personalised Photo story (DVD
Music CD’s
Butterfly releases
Balloon releases
Dove releases
Newspaper Notices
Online tribute page
Photo Canvases

Photo Story Tribute Video's (DVD's)

Our personalised Photo Stories are designed specifically for your family and with your loved one in mind. We will ask you about your loved one, collect photos from you and select the song that represents your loved one the most.

Order of Service Booklet

A precious keepsake as well as functional way to follow the flow of the service. At Grace Funerals we like to work with our client families to design the perfect booklet for your loved one. If they have a passion, hobby, favourite place that they like to go, colour that they loved or anything else that you would like to feature on the booklet we can design that for you and assist in making the booklet as personalised as possible.

A couple of examples are below:


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 a chance for you and your family to listen to the songs of your shared history and select what you think will bring back the best memories on the day.

In selecting the music you might want to select a favourite song alternatively you may prefer to select a song that reflects how you feel or something you might have wanted to say.

Each service is different however below are the common times in a service to play music:

  • Arrival Music – this is played to signify the start of a service.
  • Reflection Time / Photo story – this is during the service and can be a time when you place a flower, watch the DVD photo story or simply listen to a song and reflect on your loved ones life.
  • Recessional Music – this is the final song when you are leaving the service.
  • For a burial, there is also an opportunity to have music played at the graveside.

Everyone has their own unique musical taste, however if you a looking for a little inspiration, please see the below list as a possible starting place:

  • My Way – Frank Sinatra.
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland or Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  • We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
  • Unforgettable – Nat ‘King’ Cole
  • In the Arms of an Angel – Sarah McLaughlin
  • Mull of Kintyre – Various
  • Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Here I Am Lord – Daniel O’Donnell
  • Make Me a Channel of your Peace – Daniel O’Donnell
  • Ave Maria – Sarah Brightman
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd – Harry Secombe
  • Forever Young – Youth Group
  • Fly – Celine Dion

Memorial Books

A memorial book is a way that your family and friends can leave their signature and a short message to you to let you know that they were there with you on the day. You might find that the period leading up to the funeral and the actual day itself become a blur and it can be difficult to accurately remember who was in attendance.


Photos are an important part of any funeral service and can be used for the order of service booklets, book marks, photo stories, canvas photo prints and framed photos to be displayed on the casket during the service.


Bookmarks, Thank You Cards & Other Stationary Options

In addition to or instead of some of the other options that we have already mentioned, you might like to arrange the following:

Bookmarks {show picture here}
Thank You Cards, Holy Cards or other stationary that you might like.

Please talk to your funeral consultant and we can help you with these.

Other Tributes

There are many other tribute options that you can select, please ask your funeral consultant for more information on these:

  • Butterfly Releases (only available during the summer months)
  • Balloon Releases
  • Dove Releases
  • Personalised Candles
  • Harley Davidson Motorcycle Hearse
  • Hand & Feet Imprints for children


Highly recommend Grace Funerals, they were very caring, supportive and knowledgeable. The day went perfectly and we couldn’t be happier with their service.

November 2019

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.

November 2019

I genuinely felt the care and professionalism was of the greatest level, our day was flawless and beautiful.

September 2019

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!!

August 2019

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.

June 2019

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.

March 2019

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.

March 2019

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.

February 2019

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.

January 2019

Grace Funerals provided us with everything we needed, including care and understanding, to tailor the funeral perfectly to something our mother would have loved.

January 2019

“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.”

April 2016

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

To the team at Grace Funerals,

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.
Kind Regards,

Flynn Family
September 2018

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. 

August 2018


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