Personal Touches

  • Personal touches provide comfort to families by incorporating special memories of the deceased into a service.
  • Family and friends can have the opportunity to share special memories, as well as acknowledge the life and accomplishments of the deceased.

Favourite Places

Consider a favourite place the deceased liked to go, like their favourite park, or a favourite restaurant, or maybe they were happiest at home. Ask your funeral director if the hearse can pass by this favourite place on the way to the service, as…

Funeral Flowers

A funeral director can organise flowers or you have the option of using a florist of your own choice. Funeral flowers can be of any shape or size, and funeral directors and florists will be able to assist you with your choices. Options…

Letters, Cards and Cherished Possessions

Consider writing a letter to the person who has passed away and express all of the feelings you ever wanted to say but were afraid to, or just never got around to expressing. Seal the letter in an envelope to be placed with the…

Readings, Poetry and Verses

There are various types of funeral readings that can used to pay tribute to the deceased, and help express your emotions. Religious funeral readings make use of Bible passages, and if a church service is planned, the officiating clergy will assist you to…

Photos and Videos

There are many options available to personalise a funeral or memorial service with photos and videos. Framed Photos:  A framed photo of the deceased can be placed on the coffin.  If possible, it should be of a size that can be seen easily…

Order of Service Booklets

An Order of Service Booklet is the printed document that outlines the key points in the funeral or memorial service, and is used as a lasting keepsake for family and friends.  It also serves as an important keepsake for those who could not…

Seating Arrangements

When the service is expected to have less than 20 guests, rearranging the seating can create a more intimate ambience. The seating could be arranged in a semi-circle, closer to the front of the venue, and this overcomes the feeling of the venue…

A Moment of Silence

A moment of silence is an expression used for a period of silent contemplation, reflection, meditation or prayer. The person conducting the funeral service may ask those gathered to observe ‘a moment of silence’ as a gesture of respect, or to reflect on their…

Family Pets

Some venues will allow a family pet to attend the funeral service, on the understanding they must be restrained and well behaved. If the deceased was an animal lover and had a cherished pet, it is a very personal and touching gesture to…

Guard of Honor

If the deceased was a member of the Defence or Emergency Services, community organisation or club, the members attending the service may wish to form a guard of honour, as a mark of respect. This can be performed either when the coffin is…

Defence Services – Poppy Service

The RSL may conduct a funeral ritual segment for it’s members that highlights the services of the deceased to their country, both in conflict and in peace. Funeral directors will arrange with the RSL  for a poppy service, or you can arrange this…

Donations to a Charity

This request can be mentioned in the Funeral Notice, as “in lieu of flowers, donations to <My Choice of Charity>, would be appreciated.” A good way of selecting the appropriate charity is to consider the life and/or death of the deceased.  Consider if they regularly…