Australian owned & independent
Sydney Funeral Director

Lady Anne Funerals are a Sydney-based Funeral Director with a compassionate all-female team. We can help to arrange a personalised, affordable religious or non-religious funeral service in Sydney whether you’re looking for a burial, cremation or a memorial. We make the process straight-forward and are available 24/7.

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Our Sydney Funeral Services

Burial Services

We have planned affordable burial funeral services for countless families across Sydney, from many different religious and cultural backgrounds. From beautiful floral preparations to music and speeches from friends and family, we help celebrate the life of your loved one.

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Cremation Services

Cremation services are the most frequent choice made by Sydney residents with just over 60% of Australians choosing this service. Lady Anne Funerals are experienced in offering personalised cremations Sydney wide.

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Prepaid Funerals

When it comes to organising a funeral for a loved one, it’s never easy or enjoyable. You can relieve your family of this challenging task and expense by arranging your funeral in advance. Speak with our Sydney-based funeral directors.

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More than a funeral director

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Where every family is special

Lady Anne Funerals, established in 2006, was founded on the belief that every individual is unique, and therefore so too should be their celebration of life. At Lady Anne we have a respect for all faiths and cultures and pride ourselves on our continually evolving understanding of individual practices and beliefs.

Thus in 2006, with this focus on families, and realising the need for an all-female, all-Australian, independently-owned and operated funeral home within the wider Sydney community, Karen Laing entered the industry and Lady Anne Funerals commenced operations - a small independent funeral home with a firm focus on family, breaking away from the increasingly monopolised funeral industry.

Lady Anne Funerals is based in Gladesville, in the Lower North Shore of Sydney, where our single location can provide all the facilities and services essential for a funeral. Once in our care, families can be assured that their loved ones will be treated with respect and dignity.

Working in the industry since 1995, Karen has ensured a commitment to excellence in all aspects of the service we provide, arranging a personalised celebration for each individual whilst adhering to industry legal requirements. When choosing Lady Anne, you are choosing a complete service.

Time will pass; these moods will pass;
and I will eventually be myself again.

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Your step-by-step guide on what to do following the passing of a loved one, from directly after their death to following the funeral.

Funeral costs in NSW

To ensure transparency with pricing for funeral goods and services, and in accordance with the Fair Trading Regulation NSW Act, we have created a Funeral Information Pricing Disclosure.

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Our funeral directors in Sydney are not just someone who arranges the details of a funeral, but someone who can help guide you through some of the other difficult aspects of losing a loved one, such as the legal documents and forms that are required. These can be stressful to organise when you are dealing with grief. Lady Anne funeral directors try to take a holistic approach to funeral services, to minimise the other stresses that can occur in what is a very difficult time, and make sure you have someone with you for every step of the way. 

A funeral director can arrange transport of the deceased from home, hospital or nursing home to the funeral home or mortuary. A funeral director can also deal with repatriation - bringing loved ones home from overseas and the special legal forms required for this process.

A funeral director can also help with other legal forms, including those that require liaison with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages such as lodging a Death Registration Form or obtaining a Death Certificate for a solicitor or the family. They can also obtain Medical Certificates from hospitals or the treating doctors, and cremation certificates.

Other aspects of the funeral or funeral service that a Sydney funeral director can help with include:

  • Mortuary care: preparation and dressing of the deceased, and embalming (if wanted or necessary) 
  • Finding a coffin or casket
  • Placement of press notices in newspapers or online
  • Liaising with clergy or funeral celebrant
  • Organising booking times with church, cemetery or crematorium or other venues
  • Coordinating floral arrangements
  • Compilation and printing of order of service or church booklets, hymn books, memorial cards etc
  • Booking musicians or choirs
  • Conducting the funeral service
  • Setting up live streams or limited broadcasts for those unable to attend
  • Organising the wake, including catering

It’s okay to contact a funeral director at any point in the process that you feel you might need help with. The earlier you make contact the greater the range of options available to you will be. Your funeral director in Sydney can be available to help you with any decisions, forms or bookings at every step in the process.

Experiencing the loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult. Dealing with grief can be tiring and overwhelming. To also have to think about the various administrative tasks that will come, such as planning a funeral, can be daunting. We have tried to design a funeral planning checklist in a way that it can be used after the passing of a loved one, but it could also be used in preparation for that process. Being familiar with the choices you might have to make and the processes involved can remove a small amount of the stress when the time comes, and can also be a tool to prompt an often difficult-to-have conversation with a friend or family member about what they want to happen. 

Absolutely. Regardless of financial circumstances, everyone has the right to be honoured with a service that is both affordable, compassionate, and beautiful. We have been somewhat conditioned through movies about how a funeral should ‘be’, yet modern farewell ceremonies can be completely tailored to your unique preferences and resources. By gaining clarity on what would have been most important to your loved one and is in line with their religious and cultural beliefs and personal wishes, you can make decisions from a position of strength and be guided by what is right for your situation, without the pressure to do everything that is ‘expected’ or on offer.

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Lady Anne Funerals is both a funeral home, and we have funeral directors. 

A funeral home is a place that has the required facilities to care for the deceased following death.

A funeral director is a staff member who assists with the planning of the funeral and takes care of the details.

Our funeral home is located in Gladesville, Sydney - however, we can assist families in any part of Greater Sydney.

Some of the families we've helped

My family and friends were very happy with every aspect of the preparation and celebration of the end of my wife. When I knew the end was near I spoke to Yvonne who explained to me what would happen and this was done with delicacy and tact. When the end came Yvonne came to our house and explained every aspect of what would happen. We explained what we wanted for Margaret's farewell and nothing was too much trouble for Yvonne to explain or discuss. On the day of the funeral everything went like clockwork and all my relatives and friends told me how impressed they were. So thank you to Yvonne for being celebrant and MC at the farewell and thank you to all the Lady Anne team. If I were asked to score the service my family received  it would be ten out of ten.
Dick Hodge
I would like to thank you and the whole team at Lady Anne Funerals for making mums funeral the perfect goodbye. The funeral was everything and so much more than mum wanted. Nothing seemed to be too hard and that made my time far simpler than i had expected. 
The whole day was perfect and we noticed with love all the special touches from the bookmarks to the candle to the display screen with Iris's. Thank you so much. Your team felt like part of the family rather than people doing a job.
That i believe is what sets Lady Anne apart.
I cant thank you enough.

I want to send a heartfelt 'thank you’ to you both, and your team, for your compassion and your assistance in taking meticulous care of Dad and arranging such a beautiful end of life service for him. Within a matter of only a few days, which included a weekend, you were able to organise the perfect service tailored to our requests.

Not only did you organise the attendance of the RSL representative, you also went to considerable trouble to download the music and videos we had chosen, in a format that could be utilised in the service.We greatly appreciated your guidance too with organising the order of service and arranging a printed copy of the tributes for one of our friends who was deaf.

Thank you Yvonne for doing a magnificent job as the celebrant. We greatly appreciated you reading our tributes to Maurie on the family’s behalf. Thank you too for reading the poem, 'The Dash’ so beautifully.

It was comforting for our family and friends to come together in a more intimate setting, which your chapel provides. The light refreshments, which followed the service, were ideal, allowing the family to stay on and share their memories.

Dad quite often had high expectations of the way things should be done, bless him, so I was particularly mindful of doing him proud with this last expression of our love for him and a tribute to his long and meaningful life. We achieved this, with your help, and I know he would have been deeply touched and honoured. Thank you for you for all you did.


"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your amazing team. I couldn’t have asked for things to go any better. Everything was perfect. And your ladies were beautiful. Your Yvonne is amazing. She is patient, compassionate, caring and delivers perfection in all the elements of the proceedings. She has been an absolute Gem.

Once again thank you so very much. I would highly recommend anyone to use your company if they want a perfect funeral service. 5 star service. 5 star outcome.

There were multiple compliments on the service, on your ladies and on the care from the attendees. I’m more than happy for you to post this on any media platform as a compliment and tribute to your company.

Thank you."

Anne Leslie
“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

We value your candour as the people you are and the very sensitive manner in which you conducted the service.

Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Pastore Family
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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