Planning a funeral service during a time of mourning can feel like an insurmountable task, but we meet your needs with skilled flexibility to help honour the life of your loved one.
At Something Beautiful Remains, we arrange a funeral service
as unique as the person who has passed away.
It is perfectly normal to have questions when a loved one has passed.
Have a look at our most frequently asked questions.
Simply call us. Initially, you don’t need to do anything else. We will make all the arrangements to take your loved one into our care. We will then make an appointment to come to your home to make arrangements for the service of your choosing.
You will need to advise as to whether the deceased is to be cremated or buried, so the appropriate medical certificates can be issued. In the case of a nursing home, you will need to advise them of the nominated funeral director as soon as possible.
You should call 000 for emergency services first. Where the death is accidental, is due to a sudden medical condition, or involves suspicious circumstances, the Coroner’s Court in Glebe will also be involved. Once you have appointed us, we will liaise directly with the coroner and keep you informed through each step of the process.
There are many groups, organisations and individuals who, in the fullness of time, will need to be notified. However, most of these do not need to be contacted immediately. So don’t feel pressured to compile an exhaustive list right now; just concentrate on a few essential people. Firstly, the family and friends. Also, the Executor of the estate should be informed as soon as possible. When the person is of strong spiritual belief, perhaps a member of the clergy. You should also contact your funeral director and allow them to start making arrangements for you.
Most people will base their decision on family, cultural or religious tradition. The most significant consideration is one of cost, which centres around the burial plot and additional cemetery fees. Cremation options include a non-attending service, a memorial service or a chapel/church service, which will affect the overall cost.
Funeral services are commonly held in a church, usually the family church, or a chapel located within the cemetery or crematorium. Secular and memorial services, however, can be held almost anywhere. Some families have chosen the family home as a venue. Memorial services have even been conducted on a boat on the Hawkesbury River over a favourite fishing spot. Services can also be held at any time on any day. Twilight services are increasingly popular. We will provide any guidance you need to decide the best way of celebrating your loved one’s life and the flexibility to arrange to hold the service in any location you desire.
Usually, a member of the clergy will officiate when the service is in a church. In a chapel, a clergy member, civil celebrant, or even a family member or close friend may officiate. You can, however, have a number of people participate directly during the service.
There really is no single answer, as cost varies greatly from a simple non-attending service to the most elaborate burial ceremonies. Variables include choice of coffin, cemetery fees, flowers, audio-visual presentations, stationery, location, duration of the service, additional vehicles, etc. With Something Beautiful Remains Funeral Services, you can include or remove any aspect of the service, giving you control over costs.
Something Beautiful Remains can arrange a funeral service in any city or town in Australia, to your personal requirements. Our team is based in Sydney, and can therefore offer face-to-face arrangements in Sydney metropolitan locations, NSW Central Coast and South Coast and Blue Mountains.
However, if you are located outside of these areas, don’t despair. We are still able to offer you our full range of personalised funeral services and products.
Business awards can sometimes feel like popularity contests rather than accurate gauges of success and ability. But not the Local Business Awards. It takes genuine merit to tick all the boxes for the judging panel. And we’re happy to announce that Something Beautiful Remains did, in fact, walk away with the win in the Professional Services category.
A funeral is an important part of the grieving process – that’s why a celebrant does far more than simply officiate on the day. From words and memories, to music and timing, the role of a celebrant in a personalised funeral service is to create harmony.