The 5 Reasons I Became A Funeral Director

The 5 Reasons I Became A Funeral Director

It might strike some people as odd that someone would choose to be a funeral director. It’s not your standard career path, where you sit your exams at high school and head off to become a mortician, or a funeral celebrant. It’s not an industry that naturally sits well with people — so why be a funeral director? What could possibly have led me down the path of spending so much time amongst the deceased?

At some point in everyone’s lives, they will need the services of a funeral director. It’s as certain as taxes. It’s the unavoidable, and yet still such a taboo conversation topic. And that is exactly why it is so important to have professional support on the other end of the line when you call for help.

There are endless reasons that I love my job, though here are a few that are always front of mind:


1. It Gets Into Your Blood.

It’s contagious helping people in their time of need. It gets into your soul and becomes part of your DNA and you can’t stop doing it. It makes your heart full and your purpose feel tangible. I left the industry once, and had to come back to start my own business. I needed to be able to do it the way I wanted to, and assist families with personalising their services.


2. Counselling People Through The Hard Decisions. 

No one likes to have a casual conversation about death which means people are grossly under educated when it comes to making decisions for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there is also time pressure to make certain decisions which is unavoidable. Most people need help and guidance in plain language to ensure they make the best decision they can in the time frame required.


3. Going Against The Standard

Stiff and ‘regimented’ funeral services are so commonly offered in Australia. I have seen what the industry offers and wanted to make funerals more personal to the families. Funerals are about the living, not the deceased and in most cases, families wanted to celebrate a life together, not mourn. Mourning is a private thing for most of our clients, and the funeral service was about remembering and memorialising a great person’s life in an environment of celebration. Helping people at a difficult time knowing you can make a difference to their farewell is


4. Giving Human And Real Help To People 

In my experience, I have found the people who are organising the funeral want support - but not the kind that involves tears and cuddles (though we are always willing for those). We often receive feedback from families applauding our honest and human approach to them in their time of grief. They appreciate feeling normal in conversation for a passing moment.



5. Getting Out Of Bed Everyday

To know that when I answer the phone I can make a genuine difference. The person on the other end is looking for support, guidance and is in immediate need of my help. There is no bigger motivation than to be able to give someone that hug that will relieve them just a little, and that is reason enough to get out of bed at any time.


This is not a job that anyone can do. This passion I have for crafting personalised services for local families to celebrate their loved one isn’t a choice, it’s my everyday, and I am honoured to live the life I do. If you would like to know more about the kind of services we offer and how myself and the team of Lady Funeral Directors at Lady Anne can help your family, please get in contact.



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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 

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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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