How Do I Choose Between Burial And Cremation Services

How Do I Choose Between Burial And Cremation Services

It’s all so romantic! You are making future plans to buy a house, get married, maybe have a family, go on a holiday ―the world’s your oyster! We’re so busy living, that we rarely take the time to consider the how we might like to be treated when we pass.

Have you ever thought about what you might like to have happen when you pass on? You might feel like there’s plenty of time to think about that later, but having even a loose plan in place can make all the difference to those you leave behind. To take the pressure off those you leave behind, it’s worthwhile planning ahead to organise your funeral.


Burial or cremation services?

Do you have a preference over what will happen to your body when you pass? It’s a very personal choice ― and one for which there is no right or wrong. Before you decide, consider whether or not you will be included in family burial plots, whether you’re an organ donor, the wishes of your family (should you have children), the location in which you’d like to be buried, and your personal feelings towards the processes involved in both burial and cremation services.


Write it all down

Putting the pieces together can seem morbid. It’s a big deal - celebrating a life - and it can feel overwhelming. But remember how it might feel for someone else to make those decisions on your behalf, after you’ve passed. It can be a traumatic experience for your loved ones to go through — so putting a loose plan together now can really help your partner, family, friends and children to celebrate your life and focus on their feelings and memories of you, when that day finally comes.

Planning ahead can be as simple as creating a handwritten list of requests. However you plan, be sure to include answers to the tough questions such as your preference for burial or cremation, and where you’d like your final resting place to be. If you need a hand thinking through your preferences, we’ve created this handy preference processor to help you think things through.


What about your partner's preferences?

So you’ve planned out your preferences and you’re happy with your plan. No doubt you have discussed part or all of your plan with your friends and loved ones too. Well done - it’s not an easy thing to think about! But there’s just one more step to go: have you asked them about their plans? Sometimes drinking a coffee or a glass of wine with a “post passing partner” and having an honest Q&A session is the best way to think out how you feel...and you’ll be able to find out how your planning partner feels about it at the same time. You can use our handy thought process tool to think it through together. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll have a printable sheet with all your preferences ready to attach to your will or prepaid funeral plan.


Passing on can happen at any time, which is an uncomfortable thought for anyone. But the more of life you live - the more of yourself you leave behind to those who love and celebrate you. Take the trouble to outline your personal preferences and ease the grieving process for those you leave behind. To download our handy “preference processor”, simply click on the link below. The all-female team at Lady Anne Funerals hope you find it a useful tool, and are available to contact should you have any questions about burial and cremation services.

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Lady Anne Funerals is here to support and assist your family through what can be a difficult time, with a ladies touch. 

We are available to discuss a range of services to support your family, including: 

  • Personalised memorial services
  • Cremation and burial services
  • Religious services catering to all faith's
  • No service, no attendance 

Please get in touch - night or day - via the form or you can call us on the number below.

Phone: 1300 74 00 74

904 Victoria Road, West Ryde 2114

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Some of the families we've helped

“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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