How To CELEBRATE A Life

How To CELEBRATE A Life

If you knew you were throwing a final party, the biggest party ever hosted to celebrate you, how would you choose to do that? Have you considered what you might wear, who you might invite? Where it might be, the kind of food, drinks and music?

There is something clunky and seemingly inappropriate about the sentence “It was a really fantastic funeral service”. Most people seem uncomfortable with the positive language that can be applied to a service about death. What if we turned our thinking around and focused on how to celebrate life and applied language to accompany that thought process? What if we preplanned and prepaid our funerals as events for people to attend in our honour to CELEBRATE?

We’ve recently conducted a survey amongst the broader community on the choices people would make in planning their own funeral. The answers that were returned were clearly looking for some way to celebrate a life they had lived. Of the surveyed group, there was an overwhelming majority who wanted to host a service with upbeat music, foods they loved, enjoying activities they loved and a festive mood in their honour.

So is this a changing of times? A way for people to farewell the formality of a traditional funeral?

 

Celebrate a life a little differently.

As Funeral Directors, we plan and coordinate services across many religious and cultural divides, age and lifestyle factors and are always supportive of the choices made by the families and friends of loved ones no longer with us.

We have seen a change in the way modern funerals are occurring in our community. The focus is shifting away from traditional services and moving towards a service and wake in the one location with a casual and relaxed approach. Personality and physical tokens of a person’s life are displayed, such as musical instruments, or sporting equipment, and the approach to the service is more like an MC’d celebration than a formalised funeral service.

Do you agree with the results of the surveyed community? Would you like to ensure the tone for your service is personal and indicative of your personality? How will you go about celebrating your life?

If you aren’t in a hurry to engage with a funeral director to pre plan your funeral, go ahead and take 5 minutes to list out your passing preferences. There’s a link to take the quiz at the bottom of this blog post. It’s a short and sweet way to get the bones of your funeral plans down on paper so your loved ones know what your wishes are. It’s easy, printable, and ready to be attached to your will.

 

Celebrate a life lived by you.

Make a cup of tea before sitting down to fill out the survey. There are endless ways to personalise your celebration of life and it’s worth taking the time to get comfortable before thinking through the ways you think will help your family and friends to remember you best.

Consider these elements when personalising your service:

  • The venue
  • The method of service delivery - MC, pastor or family hosted
  • Accompanying personal elements
  • Music or mood setting.
  • Whether the wake and service will be one and the same
  • If catering and beverages are important to your service.

 

So rather than leave it up to your family and friends to make difficult decisions when you pass, why not take the reigns, take some time out and put down on paper the things you feel, want and need when celebrating your life. Click through on the link below to outline your Passing Preferences - your family will thank you for it.



We're here to help

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.”

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Lee Dowdall
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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