arranging a funeral

At a time when you are grieving over the death of a loved one, the prospect of having to organise a funeral can seem overwhelming. The first thing you need to realise is that the staff of Wollongong City Funerals is there to make the task as easy as possible for you. It’s our job to help you through difficult decisions, and to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible.

We invite you to sit down with us for a while and tell us the way you would like to pay tribute to the person who has died. We will listen to your stories about your loved one, answer your questions on grief, link you to support groups and recommend sources of professional help.

We will guide you through planning the funeral service, completing necessary paperwork and managing doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and any other requirements to make the experience of arranging a funeral as seamless as possible.

Some of the decisions you’ll need to make are:

  • The time and place of the funeral service.
  • The type and style of funeral service you would like (for example, do you want a burial or cremation?)
  • Your choice of coffin
  • Newspaper notices
  • Necessary certificates and documents
  • Anything special you would like to include in the service (for example, a special piece of music)
  • Whether you wish to view your loved one before the funeral service

We can also talk about flowers, donations in lieu of flowers, how to organise a slide show and music and any other special touches you may have in mind.

There are a few things you can do to make it all a little easier. For example:

  1. Be informed. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
  2. There is a variety of options to meet your financial needs and wishes. Be sure to discuss all available options before making a decision.
  3. Be prepared. Avoid the burden of making decisions while under emotional stress by organising details with Wollongong City Funerals ahead of time. And remember: pre-planning doesn’t necessarily mean pre-paying.
  4. Plan a personalised ceremony or service to help you begin the healing process. Getting through grief is never easy, but having a meaningful funeral service
    will help.


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