Christian Funeral Service

We have strong relationships with clergy from many Christian faiths, whether it be Uniting Church, Anglican, Presbyterian or other.  We work with each individual parish to ensure your loved one is farewelled in the church in which they belonged to surrounded by their congregation and family or if you prefer, the Clergy can attend a Crematorium Chapel to officiate the service.

Christian funeral services serve to pray for the soul of the deceased and offer comfort and support to the bereaved. A typical Christian funeral includes:

  • An opening statement led by the minister.   
  • The service may open with a prayer, a statement that shows support to the bereaved, or a combination of both. 
  • Depending on the religion, Prayers and hymns are read and sung throughout the funeral.  Attendees are often encouraged to read or sing along at appropriate times.  
  • Scripture readings are a common part of most services.   Similar to prayer and hymns, the specific readings and their placement in the ceremony differ by religion. 
  • A eulogy given by a close friend or family member honours the life of the deceased.
  • The service ends with closing words given by the minister.

Graveside services also differ by religion, but all services have some form of words of committal in which the minister offers a prayer for the soul of the deceased.

Christian funeral services focus mainly on the deceased’s entry into Heaven and God’s ability to give the grieving strength to cope with their recent loss.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. There are a few circumstances when a body needs to be embalmed. These are if the body is being repatriated or travelling interstate, having an above ground interment in a crypt or a vault or if the funeral is being delayed. On occasions, the embalming process may enhance the look of the deceased for viewing although in most circumstances this is not necessary.

Music is a personal choice and should have special meaning to your loved one. For services held in a Church, most people would choose hymns and maybe include a modern piece for during a photo slideshow or for exiting the Church. For example, we would highly recommend a singer for a Catholic Mass to add to the tradition and so that all the relevant parts of the mass can be sung.

There are few funeral services that are as sensitive or as personal as those provided by your funeral director. Our role is to make sure your wishes, and, if known the wishes of the deceased, are carried out…just the way they should be. The role of a funeral director and our services to you:
Advice and assistance 24hrs / 7 days a week
Transfer of the deceased from the place of death into our care
Mortuary care in our own facility
Liaison with hospital, doctors or coroner
Guidance for your family through the funeral arranging process
Assistance with the selection and purchase of a coffin or casket
Liaising with churches, cemeteries and crematoriums
Registration of death and other necessary documentation
Placement of newspaper notices
Liaising with clergy or a civil celebrant
Liaising with florists, musicians, funeral stationery and other service providers
Necessary staff and vehicles on the day of the funeral
Grief support available to all families

Metropolitan Sydney faced the prospect of running short of grave sites by 2051, according to a 2017 report released by Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW. Approval to build the second largest necropolis in NSW will help address a looming crisis in the supply of graves in the state. Works have begun on a non-denominational cemetery in Varroville, Campbelltown, which will have 136,000 burial plots and be run by Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. The Macarthur Memorial Park will extend the deadline by 30 years, but more land is urgently needed.

Contact Us

Contact us to discuss pre-planning your funeral service on 02 4722 8222.  We are happy to sit down with you and provide you with all the options.