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Serenity Family Funerals

Funeral Director Central Coast & Sydney

We are an independent provider of funeral services to the Central Coast, Hornsby, Gosford, and the Northern Sydney region. Our funeral director, Deborah George, will personally arrange a funeral to honour your beloved family member.

Whether you’re after a low cost funeral, a direct cremation, or a traditional funeral service, Deborah will compassionately guide you through the steps following a bereavement.

Types Of Funeral Services

One of the decisions you’ll need to make when planning a funeral service is whether to have a burial or a cremation. The average cost of a burial funeral service is roughly the same as for a cremation service. However, the total cost of a burial will be higher than the total cost of a cremation because with a burial you also need to buy a burial plot from a cemetery, at an average cost of around $3500 in the Central Coast and over $10000 in Northern Sydney.A direct cremation is the cheapest funeral option. It is an unattended cremation without a ceremony. You’ll receive the ashes of your loved one, and then you can organize a private memorial service if you wish.
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Burial Funerals

Around 40% of all funerals are traditional burial funerals. Some religions mandate burial rather than cremation. There are two main forms: the most common is a service in a church, chapel or other location, and then a short graveside service; a less common option is just to have a longer graveside service.
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Cremation Funerals

These days, cremation is the most chosen type of funeral on the central coast Sydney. It is also the most affordable option. We can organize a same-day cremation if that is required. Our funeral director will organize a service to suit your wishes: something simple, or something unique or elaborate.
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Prepaid Funeral Plans

By prepaying funeral costs, the price remains fixed, which saves your family or your estate a good deal of money. Alternatively, you can pre-arrange your funeral without prepaying for it, ensuring you get the send-off that you want, and saving your family the stress of organizing it.
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How To Arrange A Funeral

We understand that organizing a funeral service can be an emotional and daunting task. Our aim is to make it as easy and simple as possible for you.

1. Contact Us

Call our funeral director, Deborah on ‭0401 839 700, to get the ball rolling. Or you can, complete the Contact Us form and Deborah will get back to you as soon as she’s able to.    

2. Meet Our Funeral Director

Deborah will arrange to meet you at your home or wherever you prefer. She will discuss your wishes, help you understand the available options and the costs, and settle on a plan for the funeral service.

3. We Organize The Funeral

We arrange all aspects, including mortuary care, Death certificate, transport, venues (chapel or church, crematorium, cemetery, wake), coffin, celebrant, flowers, and more…  
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What Do Funeral Directors Do?

The job of a funeral director is to make it easy for the family of the deceased to organize a fitting farewell for their loved one. Our funeral director will help you formulate your vision, and then take care of all the details for you.
Compassionately supports you through the process, so you can relax about the funeral details.

What is included in the cost of a funeral from Serenity?

  • Meeting & Information: Our funeral director, Deborah, explains the process and the various options, and helps you decide on what arrangements you’d like. This includes: burial or cremation; whether to have a viewing; chapel/church service and/or graveside committal; venue for the service; as well as other options such as: printed material, newspaper notices, digital slideshow, dove release, livestream/videoing, live musicians, etc.
  • Mortuary care:
    • Liaising with the hospital, the nursing home, and the doctor.
    • Arranging for the deceased to be transported to the mortuary.
    • Preparation and dressing of the deceased.
    • Arrange for embalming. (Optional)
  • Burial fees or Crematorium fees.
  • Arrange the death certificate and necessary paperwork.
  • Casket or coffin.
  • The funeral service:
    • Floral arrangement for the coffin.
    • Booking the venue and liaising with the celebrant or clergy.
    • Transportation of deceased.
    • (Optional) Videoing and/or livestreaming.
    • (Optional) Photos, music, printed material etc.
  • (Optional) A viewing.
  • (Optional) Post-life celebration (wake) with catering.

What isn’t included in the cost of a funeral package?

Burial Plot: The cost of our burial packages do not include the cost of a burial plot at the cemetery. You must purchase a plot directly from the cemetery. Burial plots on the Central Coast cost over $3400, and northern Sydney burial plots cost over $10,000.Cremation Memorial Location: Our cremation funeral prices do not include the cost of a final resting place for the ashes, in a memorial park on the Central Coast. In northern Sydney an in-ground memorial will costs upwards of $4000, and a wall niche costs at least $2500, but on the Central Coast they will cost less than that. An alternative to a memorial park is to take your loved-one’s ashes home with you and keep them in an urn, or to scatter them in an appropriate place at an appropriate time.

Buying a burial plot or ashes memorial

Even though the cost of buying a burial plot or a memorial is not included in our standard packages, we can provide that service to you as an optional extra.

How Much Does a Funeral Cost?

We aim to help you create an authentic farewell at a price you can affordable. Whether you’re after a basic, low cost funeral service or you’d like something that’s a little more elaborate, we can organize something to suit your taste and budget. View our funeral price list here…
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Our Funeral Director & Team

Funeral Director, sydney, Debbie George
Serenity Family Funerals is proudly owned and operated by Deborah George. As the lead Funeral Director, Deb and her team have been organizing funeral services on the Central Coast and in Sydney, for over 25 years. Arranging services for families of different faiths, backgrounds, and cultures.Deb became a funeral director in her early 20s, and discovered that she was able to make a positive difference by guiding families through grief, and honouring their wishes with care and dependability. Deb is a genuinely empathetic and compassionate person who feels it is an honour and privilege to be entrusted with helping families through the emotional process of arranging a funeral service and farewelling their loved ones.
“As a locally owned family funeral business, we value our reputation, and we do our best to provide a quality service with care and compassion.”
When you entrust us with your funeral arrangements, you’ll only deal with our funeral director throughout the entire process, not with multiple employees like you might with corporate-owned funeral homes on the Central Coast.Our funeral director, Deb, will respond to your enquiry, then meet with you to make a plan, and will then make all the arrangements, then will also be present at the service. It’s that continuity and personal relationship that ensures your wishes are understood and are carefully carried out.
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