Arranging a funeral
We understand how difficult it can be trying to arrange a funeral at such an emotional time. Our family is available 24 hours a day to take you through every step of the process and make sure your loved one receives the dignified and touching funeral they deserve.
First steps after a loss
When someone dies, a death certificate will be issued by a doctor, either at home, in a hospital or nursing home. It is at this point that you will need to contact a Funeral Director.
It is important that you choose a Funeral Director who you and your family feel comfortable with as they will be helping you make a number of important decisions.
At GW Kelly, we are available to begin assisting you immediately, offering the compassion and warmth that can only come from a family.
Types of service
We offer a range of services tailored to best suit the life of your loved one across the traditional, religious or contemporary, delivered anywhere in Sydney.
We then guide you through all the important decisions, such as date and location, flowers, music, cars and whether you'd like burial or cremation.
We can also help make recommendations on what would be a unique and touching memorial, such as a balloon release, motorcade of interesting vehicles or the inclusion of a band during the ceremony.
Living in such a culturally diverse area, the family at GW Kelly have extensive experience in delivering sensitive and caring services across many cultures and beliefs.
We then work with your family to ensure all important traditions or ceremonies are seamlessly incorporated into the service.
At GW Kelly, we also look after the ones left behind. Grief can be an overwhelming emotion, and it is normal to experience intense feelings of loneliness, despair or guilt after the loss of a loved one.
But there is help.
Our ongoing bereavement care program offers emotional support to all our families who need help coping - whether it’s needed immediately or months after the funeral. Please contact us at any time if you would like to talk.
Writing a eulogy
It is important to remember that there is no formula for writing a eulogy - you should write what comes from the heart, whether that be serious, humorous or a mixture.
A good eulogy generally sums up the facts about a person’s life, delivered with anecdotes about the things that made them truly unique.
Having a eulogy is extremely important, but writing on can be difficult - we are available to help you write a respectful and moving eulogy if required.