The Lychway Funeral Directors can arrange funerals that reflect and incorporate the wishes of the individual, family and friends. We can advise on cremations and burials, choice of coffins and flower arrangements. We can even arrange to have the service at our chapel; home or other suitable venue. Whatever you choose we can help you arrange it all, even a suitable venue for a gathering afterwards with any catering needs that might be required.
Whether it is a simple funeral, a traditional funeral, an alternative funeral or an extravagant occasion, we are able to provide you with a totally personal and completely bespoke service.
All our staff are fully trained, professional, sensitive and with genuine compassion to help you. Rest assured your calls will be taken with complete confidentiality. We can also arrange for a home visit if you are unable to come to us.
Nothing is too much trouble and we pride ourselves on the service we provide feeling privileged to be chosen to take your loved one on their final journey. Our aim is to carry out your requests with the utmost dignity and attention to detail.
Giving you support when you need it the most
In arranging a funeral, we are not just saying goodbye to a loved one, we are honouring their life and remembering times past. A funeral service should reflect all these aspects, however, making those arrangements can be one of the most emotional and stressful experiences we may ever have placed upon us. At the Lychway Funeral Directors, our aim is to ease this burden with our caring and compassionate funeral service at the most emotive period of your life.
In arranging a funeral, we are not just saying goodbye to a loved one, we are honouring their life and remembering times past. A funeral service should reflect all these aspects, however, making those arrangements can be one of the most emotional and stressful experiences we may ever have placed upon us.
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Making Sense Of Funerals
Since time immemorial, humankind has both honoured and mourned their deceased through various rituals based on individual needs, physical necessities, cultural customs and religious beliefs… referred to today as “Funerals”. Today, as ever in history, every “Funeral” is unique, individually customized to both honour and show respect for a life lived and to provide emotional needs and support for the mourning. Whatever form a Funeral takes or may be perceived to be – whether very traditional, partly traditional or simple burial/cremation without a previous service – it has to be remembered that all “Funerals” are for the living and are based on respect for the deceased.
When planning a service, you have many options available to you and we will do all that we can to provide a beautiful and respectful ceremony. No matter your choice, we can offer you a space to join with family and friends in grief, comfort and love. And above all, we will do our utmost to honour your loved one. We will be happy to go over all your options and answer any questions that you may have.
A funeral service is a special time for family and friends to comfort one another, begin to find healing and celebrate a life well lived. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can hold a funeral service to honour your loved one. We are happy to provide a traditional funeral or something completely unique. Many cultures and religions have special funeral traditions and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. This is a moment for you and your family and we are honoured to help you in any way that we can.
Just like a funeral service, a memorial service is a time to remember your loved one. This can be held shortly after death or weeks later, with or without an urn present. What’s important is that it creates a time and a place for family and friends to gather together and support one another, share memories and pay their respects. We can hold a memorial service at our funeral home, the final resting place or at your home.
A casket burial is a traditional service and there are many options you can choose from. We can provide a funeral service at our funeral home, church or private home and a graveside service at a cemetery. You can choose whether you’d like a public or private service or a combination. It is entirely up to you how you wish to pay your respects.
Cremation has become a popular option for many people because it can be more flexible as to where and when you hold a service. You can have a traditional funeral service before a cremation or a memorial service at any time with or without the urn present. You can keep the urn, scatter the ashes or have the urn buried in a grave or columbarium where we can hold a service. Whether you choose burial or cremation, we’re here to offer you a meaningful ceremony.
Many people wish to celebrate the life, loves, interests and emotions of the person they knew, while others take comfort in the “goodbye” elements of a certain faith or culture. Some choices will affect other aspects of the service, such as whether a burial or a cremation is required and which cemetery will be used.
Creating a personalised funeral with an authentic feeling can be as simple as including some of the ideas below, or adding your own personal preferences inspired by these ideas or by our Book of Ideas. Even a funeral that follows your faith or culture can have some or all of these special elements, which will make the service more unique and memorable. Adding a personal touch can make the funeral feel more authentic. At he Lychway Funeral Directors, our experienced funeral directors can help you create a special funeral service as unique as the person who has passed away.
Time and Venue
Consider the time of day for the service; perhaps a candlelit twilight service followed by a cocktail party is more reminiscent of the person?
Choose a venue that reflects the person’s life; a golf club, garden, beach, or the backyard at home
Ask guests to wear a certain colour, hat or tie – something that reflects the person’s style
Create a colourful photo board to welcome guests when they arrive
Show a life story through a DVD photo & music presentation
Make a memorabilia display of personal items
Musicians playing live music – bagpipes, harp, singer, jazz band or the like
Release ceremony with doves, balloons or butterflies
A Special Coffin
Decorate the coffin yourself with hand prints, special messages, signatures or your own drawings
Have a custom built LifeArt coffin, personalised with photos, prints or scenery of your choice
For the Family
Bring your family pet to the ceremony
Drive past the family home on the way to the cemetery or crematorium
Video record or stream the ceremony for family interstate or overseas
Keep a lock of hair
Military and Sports – Form a guard of honour
Military honours; RSA tribute with poppies and Last Post included in the ceremony
Ask team mates or club members to come dressed in uniform or club colours
Burial & Cremation Information
When you’re organising a funeral service, one of the first decisions will be whether you are organising a burial or a cremation. This choice will directly impact the type of funeral service you will have, and will include deciding which cemetery or memorial park that will be used.
Once these decisions have been made, you can be creative and add many unique, personal touches to the ceremony if you choose. Even a religious or traditional funeral service can still have a very personal touch.
Guardian Funerals can assist you in making arrangements to purchase a new gravesite or a memorial site, or alternatively to use an existing one at any cemetery or memorial park. We are experienced in assisting families who require an above ground burial, such as in a crypt, vault or mausoleum space. We are also experienced in assisting families who require special cremation arrangements to meet their cultural needs.
A burial – or interment – is the human ritual of placing the dead into a burial plot in the ground, or into an above-ground burial such as a crypt, vault or mausoleum. The coffin or casket is lowered into a burial plot, and the gravesite is covered with soil once the funeral service is over. For a burial service you will need to decide on a coffin or casket, and the preferred location of the burial plot. Your Guardian funeral director can assist you in making the arrangments to purchase a new gravesite, unless a burial plot was purchased in advance in which case the burial will take place at the existing gravesite.
Many families choose to hold a graveside service as part of their farewell to a loved one.
A graveside service can be the sole venue for the entire funeral service, meaning the funeral service will be conducted at the actual site of the grave, or the graveside service may be one part of a traditional funeral service, taking place after a service at another venue.
A graveside service can be personalised to your values, culture and spiritual, emotional or personal preferences. As an example you can have special music played, release doves, butterflies or balloons into the air or add any other special touches you think appropriate.
Following the funeral service, the coffin or casket is moved to the chosen crematorium for cremation. Flowers cannot be cremated with the coffin, so families may choose to keep these following the funeral service. Please let your funeral director know if you would like to keep the flowers, or they will be carefully disposed of by the crematorium. Cremation will be carried out on the same day as the funeral service, or up to 48 hours later, in line with Australian legislation.
Does having a cremation mean there will be no funeral service?
Not at all. There can be a funeral service in exactly the same way as there is with a burial. The only difference is that at the end of the funeral service the remains are cremated rather than buried.
SCATTERING OR WITNESSING SERVICES
After a body is cremated the ashes are usually memorialised in a permanent memorial. Even when they are returned to the family for scattering it is common for a small amount to be permanently memorialised so that the family and future generations have somewhere they can visit.
Gathering your family members and friends of the deceased to witness the scattering of the ashes or the memorialisation of the ashes is growing in popularity
Guardian Funerals can assist you to arrange with your chosen cemetery a meaningful scattering or witnessing ceremony.
There are many ways to memorialise your loved ones ashes. At Guardian Funerals, we have helped families make arrangements to take the ashes home for display on a mantle, placed in a garden of remembrance, or in a family mausoleum among many choices. We can inform you of all the options available to you and help you make a decision that is in keeping with the values of your family.
Family Gathering – The Wake
A family gathering or ‘wake’ held after the funeral service can be an important time for friends and relatives to gather together. A wake is a time for family and friends to share memories, help each other deal with loss and to provide hospitality for those who may have travelled a great distance to be at the funeral service. You can choose one of the function rooms at our funeral homes, a hotel or club, or even your home.
Our funeral directors can help remove the stress of putting on a family gathering. We can help you with venues, catering and staff so that you and your family can concentrate on your guests.