Lady Anne Funerals On Faith & Funerals (Compass)

Lady Anne Funerals On Faith & Funerals (Compass)

This Sunday the Lady Anne Funerals team will be featured on ABC's Compass in a five-part series called 'Faith & Funerals'. So I thought this would be a great time to talk about filming an experience we talk so little about.

 

What is Faith & Funerals?

Faith & Funerals is a powerful national series that bridges the gap between outdated funeral ideas and what we as modern Australians actually celebrate. Throughout the show (and whilst Compass was filming with us), we accompany the friends and relatives of the deceased through intimate moments of the diverse funeral process. 

The series started airing a couple of weekends ago so you may have already started watching it!

 

A fresh new face for funeral directors

You might be wondering why Lady Anne Funerals was approached to participate in the series. Well, I believe that our women-lead team is quite unique in the funeral industry - many funeral homes are not independently run nor are they solely run by women. Just like the families we help, we too are mothers, sisters, and daughters. I think this gives us a different way of handling the funeral process compared to many other funeral homes. We sit with the families, laugh and cry with the families and tease out all the little things that will ensure a truly memorable tribute. Together, this gives a new fresh face to lady funeral directors and is more in line with 21st century Australian funeral services.

 

Filming Faith & Funerals

Although filming the series was very satisfying for both myself and the Lady Anne team, I must admit that filming was not without its difficulties. Bringing cameras into one of the most intimate and private moments that we experience was one of the most scary experiences of a lifetime. But the families that bravely welcomed cameras allowed the series to shed light on what has changed in just a couple of generations.

 

Things change, funerals are no exception

The whole point of Faith & Funerals was to show everyday Australians how diverse we are when it comes to the funeral process and this is something I have seen throughout my years in the funeral industry. As well, we should all be aware that diversity goes beyond our religious beliefs - choosing to use technology also contributes to our diversity.

What do I mean by that? Well, families are choosing to share the story of their loved ones through photos and short videos captured on their smartphones which is also accompanied by their favourite song (instead of traditional prayers). As well, distance is no longer a barrier. Many have embraced web-casting and video streaming services so that family and friends can also attend the funeral of their loved ones from anywhere in the world.

 

Our faith & funerals in the future

Picturing funerals of the future, I think that we may experience something radically different, perhaps no funerals at all. More people are already choosing not to have a funeral. Some are due to cost, others are due to no family and some request just the memorial service. I think we are going to see a lot more of these types of bereavement services rather than the traditional funeral.

 

Watch Faith & Funerals

If you would like to catch the episode you can watch it this Sunday on ABC1 or ABC iview at 6:30pm. We will also be live tweeting during the show so be sure to follow us (@LadyAnneFuneral) along with the hashtag #ABCcompass.

 

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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.”

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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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