There are many choices when it comes to funeral arrangements. No one wants to be burdened with the task of planning a funeral. As the only family owned funeral business in the Whitsunday area, we have made it our family’s promise to simplify funeral arrangements and be a sturdy choice for local families in their time of grief.

Whitsunday Funerals and Crematorium is here for you, even if you need to arrange a funeral yourself. Here are the most important things you need to know about arranging a funeral.

Decide on what you need

This can often be the most difficult step. We advise families to take their time and think carefully about what they require for their loved one. That way they can make the best use of their budget by prearranging their funerals and knowing which arrangements are necessary and which ones are optional.

It’s easy to get stuck and we are always on call in case you have any questions or concerns.

When and where

The event time and location are the most important funeral arrangements to settle on immediately and will depend on several variables such as the family’s needs, clergy availability and cemetery bookings etc. This is why we prefer you to call us first as it’s our job to help you coordinate between all parties to ensure that the service goes exactly the way you want, without any stress.

Factors like burial or cremation and religious preferences can influence where the funeral service will be held. You can choose between using a church, hall, park, cemetery or one of our suitable chapels— the decision is yours.

Type of service

It’s important to decide on the type of funeral service you would like to honour your loved one. Both religious and non-religious funeral arrangements can be held at our chapels. And we’re open to helping you with any additional requirements you have in mind. Our family staff are trained civil celebrants and can provide a meaningful service or you can invite a preferred celebrant.

Prior to the funeral service

There are several other things you will need to take care of before the day of the funeral. These include newspaper notices, order of service, viewing, clothes, photo presentation etc.

We have put together a funeral planning guide which covers many aspects of arranging a funeral and answer any questions you may have.


At Whitsunday Funerals and Crematorium, we genuinely believe that the viewing of a loved one, resting peacefully, leaves a comforting memory and helps with loss. Our trained and experienced embalmers—as well as the entire staff— treat your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect.

Here are some of the funeral arrangements you need to determine:

  • venue
  • civil celebrant
  • date and time
  • cemetery availability
  • eulogy
  • order of service
  • viewing
  • flowers and tributes
  • music
  • funeral notice.


Arranging a funeral yourself is likely to seem overwhelming and we don’t want you to feel alone during this time. Please contact our friendly funeral home staff today.