Funeral Director Hornsby
Whether you’re after a traditional funeral service, a direct cremation, or a basic, low cost funeral, Deborah will compassionately help and guide you through the steps following a bereavement.
Organizing A Funeral
Organizing a funeral service for a loved one is an emotional and daunting task. Therefore, we make it simple and easy for you.
1. Contact Us
2. Meet Our Funeral Director
3. We Organize The Funeral
Types Of Funeral Services
When arranging a funeral service, one the main decisions you’ll make is whether to have a burial or a cremation. A burial funeral service costs about the same as a cremation service does. However, the total cost of a burial funeral will be much higher than of a cremation because you also need to buy a burial plot from the cemetery, which costs over $10000 in Northern Sydney (much cheaper on the Central Coast at about $3500).
A cremation without any ceremony (also known as an unattended cremation or a direct cremation) is the cheapest funeral option. The ashes of your loved one will be given to you, and you can arrange to have a private memorial service at a later date.
About 40% of funerals are traditional burial funerals, and some religions still require burial instead of cremation. There are two types of burial services: The first is a service in a church, chapel or other place, which is followed by a short service at the graveside; the second type consists of only a longer graveside service.
Cremation is, not only the most affordable funeral option, it is also the most commonly chosen option in Sydney. We can organize for the cremation to take place on the same day, if needed. Debbie, our funeral director, will organize a service that meets your needs, whether it’s a basic service or something a bit more elaborate.
By prepaying your funeral costs, you lock in the price, and that saves your family a significant amount of money. Another option is to pre-arrange your funeral, but not to prepay for it. This means you’re guaranteed of the send-off you want, without giving your family the stress of organizing it.
Our Funeral Director & Team
Serenity Family Funerals is proudly owned and operated by Deborah George. As the lead funeral director, Deb and her team have over 25 years of experience, organizing funeral services in Hornsby, Northern Sydney and the Central Coast for families of cultures, backgrounds, and religions.
Deb started her career as a funeral director in her early 20s, and she quickly realized that she had the ability to help families by guiding them through the grief process and honouring their wishes with reliability and intuition. Deb is genuinely compassionate and empathetic person who feels honoured and privileged to be able to help guide families through the often emotional process of organizing a funeral service for their loved ones.
When you engage us to organize a funeral service, you will get personal service from our funeral director throughout the process, rather than having to deal with several different employees like you might have to when you engage a corporate-owned funeral companies in the northern Sydney area.
Deb, our funeral director, will respond to your initial enquiry, and will then meet with you to establish a plan. She then organizes everything, and will also attend the service to make sure everything goes smoothly. It’s that personal relationship and continuity with our funeral director that helps make sure that your wishes are clearly understood and carefully and respectfully actioned.
What Do Funeral Directors Do?
The role of a funeral director is to organize to give the deceased a fitting farewell, and to make the process as simple and easy as possible for the family. Our funeral director will help you get clear on what you would like, and then she carefully organizes it all so that it all goes according to plan.
What does the price of a funeral from Serenity Family Funerals include?
- Meeting & Information:
Our funeral director, Deborah, explains the process and available options, and will then help you get clear on what you want. This includes choosing: cremation or burial; service at a chapel or church service and/or a graveside committal; venue for service; whether to have a viewing; whether to have a wake. Other possible options include: what printed material, livestream/videoing, digital slideshow, live musicians, newspaper notices, dove release, etc.
- Mortuary care:
- Arrange for deceased to be transported to a mortuary.
- Liaise with the hospital or nursing home, and a doctor.
- Preparation and dressing of the deceased.
- Arrange for embalming. (Optional)
- Coffin, casket.
- Crematorium or burial fees.
- Arranging all necessary paperwork, and the death certificate.
- The funeral service:
- Transportation of deceased.
- Floral arrangement for the coffin.
- Booking a venue and liaising with clergy or celebrant.
- Photos, music, printed material etc. (Optional)
- Livestreaming and/or videoing. (Optional)
- A viewing (Optional).
- Post-life celebration (wake) with catering. (Optional)
What is not included in the price of a funeral package?
Our burial packages don’t include the cost of a cemetery burial plot. You need to buy a burial plot directly from the cemetery. The cost of a burial plot in northern Sydney is usually over $10,000, and the cost in a Central Coast cemetery is at least $3,400.
Cremation Memorial Location:
The cost of our cremation funeral packages doesn’t cover the cost of buying a resting place for ashes in a memorial park. In the northern suburbs of Sydney, a wall niche costs upwards of $2500, and an in-ground memorial costs at least $4000, Central Coast prices are a little cheaper. Some people choose to keep their loved-one’s ashes in an urn at their home. Another option is to scatter the ashes at an appropriate place.
Buying a burial plot or ashes memorial
How Much Does a Funeral Cost?
Organizing to mark the passing of a family member is something most people have never done. Therefore, it is understandable if you have many questions about the process. Our FAQ, we’ve tried to answer as many questions as possible about this delicate subject, including: How long between the death and the service? Where can a service be held? How do I get death certificate? Can I actively participate in the service / ceremony?
Grief is a very natural response to loss, and differently people can experience it differently. There isn’t a ‘correct’ way to grieve, but there are phases of grief, and understanding them can equip you with healthy coping mechanisms to deal with the painful and unexpected emotions. This article provides the information that you need to help both yourself, and others members of your family, to deal with these difficult times.
Public speaking is usually challenging, and in combination with the emotion of saying goodbye to a loved one, delivering a eulogy at can seem like an overwhelming task. However, if you’re able to do it, then it’s a unique and meaningful way of honouring the deceased. We have created this handy guide to writing a eulogy. It tells you how to structure the eulogy and what to include, and so you can tackle it with confidence.
Dear Debbie, Lesya and I greatly appreciate how you took care of us and our little Buss in a very difficult time. We’ll always remember your compassion and generosity of spirit. We feel more at ease now that the child that we never got to meet has been laid to rest and will forever live in our hearts. We also thank you for spending some time with Lesya, Max and I after the burial service.
Dear Debbie, the past couple of weeks have been the saddest of my life. Your gentle empathy will never be forgotten. Your gentleness and empathy was much appreciated. You looked after Oliver as if he was one of your own family. Thanks for your kindness, and organizing the funeral. It was all conducted seamlessly and with dignity. Thank you and your team for helping reduce the sorrowful and stress of this painful period. You efforts enabled us to get closure, and allowed Jackie and Andrew to say their final goodbye to Oliver with great love and dignity.
We are a fairly close and small family, so our desire was to have my brother’s funeral organized by a family company, instead of by a faceless corporation that has a chain of funeral homes all over Australia. We could not have been happier with the funeral service. Upon meeting Debbie we felt comfortable with her approach and experience. She came across as very genuine and understanding and took pride in carrying out the family’s wishes. We felt we were in trustworthy hands in the days leading up to the service and on the day of the service.
When we met you last Saturday, we immediately felt like we had chosen the right person and company to take us through the process of organizing a funeral for Russ. You made the experience simple and effortless and you delivered a beautiful service to honour Russ’s life. It helped us get a final farewell that felt perfect for the man who had such a special place in our lives. We a very grateful for your calm and caring help, and for the all the attention that you gave to all the details.