A non-religious funeral service is common for those who have no particular faith. Many families choose to have these services held in a non-denominational chapel and led by a civil celebrant.
Most crematorium facilities have non-denominational chapels e.g. Pinegrove Memorial Park at Minchinbury.
There are also many other possibilities for where your ceremony can take place, e.g. Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler, Community Halls, Golf Clubs, Outdoor Chapels such as The Waterway Chapel Rookwood and Kemps Creek Cemetery Pavilion. We have even held services at the Sydney International Regatta Centre and Sydney Dragway. We have both male and female celebrants who can officiate the service.
Funerals on the Water provide a special and truly unique all inclusive funeral and wake package (various menu options available) taking care of every details to make it as easy as possible on family and friends. This is an exclusive arrangement between the owners of Nepean Valley Funerals and Nepean Belle Paddlewheeler.
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.
Yes, however you may want to consider some logistics such as access for the hearse and the coffin/casket. The area for the service also needs to accommodate the funeral attendees. For any further information please call us.