Cultural Services

With funeral homes all around Australia, Simplicity Funerals has for 35 years provided funeral services to meet the needs of all of Australians.

As Australia’s mix of cultures is diverse, our funeral directors have many years experience in conducting non-religious funeral services as well as services for Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim families. Below you will find information on our understanding of the funeral practices of these cultures and faiths.

Talk to your Simplicity funeral director on 1300 556 222 about ideas to make the funeral service a special farewell.

If the funeral service tradition you would like us to follow is not listed here, our experienced funeral directors will still be able to arrange the service accordingly.

  1. Non-religious services
  2. Anglican services
  3. Catholic services
  4. Buddhist services
  5. Eastern Orthodox services
  6. Hindu services
  7. Jewish services
  8. Muslim services

Non-religious services

A non-religious funeral service is one that does not follow the funeral service style of any particular faith. It is usually held in a non-religious chapel but can also be held elsewhere, and is usually led by a celebrant. The service itself will usually include:

• A welcoming 
• Musical tributes 
• One or more eulogies 
• Readings 
• DVD/photo presentations 
• The farewell

There are many opportunities to personalise a non-religious funeral service. Many families like to have a video display or photos included in the proceedings and printed booklets available which usually include a photograph of the loved one. 

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Anglican services

The Anglican funeral service contains a range of elements from the moment the coffin is received at the church to the farewell from the church. These include:

• The welcome and gathering 
• One or more eulogies 
• (Music / Hymn) 
• The psalm 
• The Bible reading(s) 
• (Music / Hymn) 
• The prayers 
• The farewell 
• (Music / Hymn) 
• The committal 
• The blessing

Anglican funeral services can be personalised through the choice of readings, the particular music and hymns chosen, and through the eulogy. Many families also like to have a video display or photos included in the proceedings and a printed booklet available which will usually include a photograph of the loved one.

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Catholic funerals

Simplicity’s funeral directors have helped many Catholic families conduct a funeral service that meets the needs of their culture and faith. 

Our funeral directors know that certain rites and rituals need to be conducted in order for the Mass of Christian Burial to be properly completed, including the family Vigil.

Each Simplicity funeral home has connections with local parishes and clergy. These relationships serve us well in arranging for a minister to conduct the service, bless the coffin with Holy water and incense, and say Mass with prayers for the deceased. A final ritual, the rite of committal needs to occur at the burial site, which is also attended by a priest. Following the funeral, mourners usually gather to remember, honour and celebrate the life of the person who has died and your Simplicity funeral home can help arrange an appropriate family gathering to allow this to happen.

Further details about Catholic funerals are available:

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Buddhist funerals

Our funeral directors know that in all branches of Buddhism, death is of major religious significance as it marks a transition from this life to the next. Buddhism is flexible as to whether the body should be cremated or buried and our funeral homes can support whatever choice families make.

Because Buddhist monks conduct the funeral services and may have a role in any viewings that are held, our funeral homes have contacts with Buddhist temples and groups so that the proper prayers and ritualistic offerings can be made.

Further details about Buddhist funerals are available:

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Eastern Orthodox funerals

Simplicity's funeral directors know that the funeral will need to take place as soon as possible after death for families of Eastern Orthodox faith. Before the funeral, the body will be washed, dressed and placed in an open coffin. A viewing will usually take place at the funeral home, the family home or at a church. If more than one viewing will be held, the family's priest will traditionally be present for the first viewing and will offer a prayer at this time.

Simplicity’s funeral homes have contacts with Orthodox Churches and clergy so that the Parastasis (Panikhida) can take place. Our funeral directors know that only burial is allowable for people of the Orthodox faith and that the presence of a member of the clergy is required at the graveside to read a short memorial service before the body is lowered to the ground.

Arrangements can be made at our funeral homes for a makaria to be held.

Further details about Orthodox funerals are available:

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Hindu funerals

Simplicity’s funeral directors know that a funeral service is sacred in Hinduism, because it represents the completion of a stage in a life. Although it is a sad occasion, the funeral is looked at as a celebration and a remembrance of the deceased.

Though cremation is preferred, as the burning of a dead body signifies the release of the spirit and the flames represent the creator, Brahma, burial is sometimes allowable. We can also arrange for an open casket and viewings.

Further details about Hindu funerals are available:

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Jewish funerals

Our funeral directors know that a funeral service for a Jewish person should take place as soon as possible after a death, either the same day, or the next day and only under certain circumstances should the funeral service be delayed.

Our funeral homes have contacts with local Rabbis and Synagogues, which can be used to hold the funeral service, as well as with appropriate local cemeteries where the Kavod Ha-Met can be held. Our funeral directors can also help to organise a Nichum Aveilim event during the period of Shiva.

Further details about Jewish funerals are available:

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Muslim funerals

Our funeral directors know that the burial of a Muslim should occur as soon as possible, usually within a day of the death. Cremation is usually forbidden. We have experience in arranging funeral services for families of Muslim faith.

The burial occurs after the following rituals:

  • The bathing and shrouding the body
  • A viewing
  • Salah (prayer).

The body is laid in the grave so that the head is facing the Qibla (Mecca).

Further details about Muslim funerals are available:

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