A funeral service is the customary way to recognise death and allows us to honour and show respect for the dead, as well as help those left behind begin the process of grief recovery. Arranging a funeral can seem daunting, especially if you are dealing with the shock of an unexpected death. It’s not always easy to know what to do next.

There are a few things that you will need to take into consideration when arranging a funeral, and we hope this guide will help you to navigate the process step by step.


Take some time to consider the points below and, as always, feel free to reach out to us for help and advice.

When a loved one dies, we often see that people want to get on with funeral planning as quickly as possible; they want closure and think that the pain will go away once the funeral has been held. It is true that funerals can be emotionally difficult, but a good funeral will provide the opportunity to share memories, gather support and put loved ones on the path to recovery.

Although families may be hesitant to choose a funeral service that means coming together, we often find it is this which people benefit from most. The funeral ceremony helps to publicly acknowledge the reality of the death and when shared with friends and family, it encourages the expression of grief. This experience actually helps to begin a healthy mourning process.

Should you decide to pre-plan your funeral, it is important to plan the details of the type of service that best suits you. It is wise at this point to understand that while the funeral is about you, it is not for you. It is for those you are leaving behind, and taking some time to consult with them can be helpful.

Contact us to arrange a convenient time to meet. Our caring and understanding professionals will offer to meet with you in the comfort of your own home, or invite you into our private offices to help you make the decisions necessary for a funeral service to reflect your loved one’s wishes. Call us on (02) 6554 5433, we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In order to prepare for your funeral arrangement, we recommend that you consider gathering special photos, memorabilia, religious passages or even favourite songs or musical selections. Your funeral arranger can suggest meaningful ways to create a service that follows your expressed desires. Considerations may include:

  • Where and when you would like the funeral service.
  • Would you like a viewing to say a final, physical goodbye? If so, what clothes would you like your loved one to wear?
  • Is there a particular celebrant or clergy member you would like to conduct the service?
  • Consider all service options for a memorable and fitting service.
  • Would you prefer cremation or burial?
  • Consider and reflect on some of the key features that defined your loved one, these can then be integrated into the service.

The funeral service is the key element of the funeral process and while the funeral arrangement is designed, ultimately, to plan the details of your loved one’s funeral, it is important to note that these are your funeral wishes. We are simply here to facilitate your wishes and guide you through the journey.

When preparing to make funeral arrangements, the following information and items may be required in order to complete the arrangement, or prearrangement process.

  • Full legal name
  • Home address
  • Date of birth
  • Father’s full name and occupation
  • Mother’s full name, maiden name and occupation
  • Recent photograph
  • Occupation
  • Place of burial
  • Clothing
  • Next of kin details
  • Any insurance details that are applicable



Whether you talk to us over the phone, at our office or your home, we’ll take the time to find out how you want to farewell your loved one. Once we have an understanding of your preferences, we’ll provide you a written estimate of costs.


Every funeral service is different, and this means that the total cost will depend on the arrangements you put in place. Some prices, cremation or burial and legal requirements are necessary for all funerals, although many elements differ from funeral to funeral and these costs will vary depending on the choices you make.


After a death occurs, there are statutory forms to fill out. These can be done at the funeral arrangement, or they can be done at h0me at your convenience and either brought to the arrangement or emailed to us using the link below.



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Helena Haley

A very professional team of people that were very caring and sensitive to all our needs. Financially affordable and respectful of family wishes. I would recommend them to anyone who needs their services.


Caroline Glover

Our experience with Allan Pearse Funerals was very positive from our first meeting they made the process seamless. Dealing with a death in the family is never easy but they certainly were very accommodating and respectful.


Stuart Agar

At a difficult time Allan Pearse Funerals made the whole process easy & comfortable. Could not fault their wonderful & professional service. All staff were absolutely amazing. Thank you all.