A funeral service is the customary way to recognise death and allows us to honour and show respect for the dead, as well as help those left behind begin the process of grief recovery. Arranging a funeral can seem daunting, especially if you are dealing with the shock of an unexpected death. It’s not always easy to know what to do next.

There are a few things that you will need to take into consideration when arranging a funeral, and we hope this guide will help you to navigate the process step by step.


After a death occurs, there are statutory forms to fill out. These can be done at the funeral arrangement, or they can be done at h0me at your convenience and either brought to the arrangement, or emailed to us using the link below.



Contact our dedicated staff 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It’s easy to arrange an appointment for a personal consultation in the comfort of your own home or our private offices.


Take some time to consider the points below and, as always, feel free to reach out to us for help and advice.

When a loved one dies, we often see that people want to get on with funeral planning as quickly as possible; they want closure and think that the pain will go away once the funeral has been held. It is true that funerals can be emotionally difficult, but a good funeral will provide the opportunity to share memories, gather support and put loved ones on the path to recovery.

Although families may be hesitant to choose a funeral service that means coming together, we often find it is this which people benefit from most. The funeral ceremony helps to publicly acknowledge the reality of the death and when shared with friends and family, it encourages the expression of grief. This experience actually helps to begin a healthy mourning process.

Should you decide to pre-plan your funeral, it is important to plan the details of the type of service that best suits you. It is wise at this point to understand that while the funeral is about you, it is not for you. It is for those you are leaving behind, and taking some time to consult with them can be helpful.

Contact us to arrange a convenient time to meet. Our caring and understanding professionals will offer to meet with you in the comfort of your own home, or invite you into our private offices to help you make the decisions necessary for a funeral service to reflect your loved one’s wishes. Call us on (02) 9602 6175, we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In order to prepare for your funeral arrangement, we recommend that you consider gathering special photos, memorabilia, religious passages or even favourite songs or musical selections. Your funeral arranger can suggest meaningful ways to create a service that follows your expressed desires. Considerations may include:

  • Where and when you would like the funeral service.
  • Would you like a viewing to say a final, physical goodbye? If so, what clothes would you like your loved one to wear?
  • Is there a particular celebrant or clergy member you would like to conduct the service?
  • Consider all service options for a memorable and fitting service.
  • Would you prefer cremation or burial?
  • Consider and reflect on some of the key features that defined your loved one, these can then be integrated into the service.

The funeral service is the key element of the funeral process and while the funeral arrangement is designed, ultimately, to plan the details of your loved one’s funeral, it is important to note that these are your funeral wishes. We are simply here to facilitate your wishes and guide you through the journey.

When preparing to make funeral arrangements, the following information and items may be required in order to complete the arrangement, or prearrangement process.

  • Full legal name
  • Home address
  • Date of birth
  • Father’s full name and occupation
  • Mother’s full name, maiden name and occupation
  • Recent photograph
  • Occupation
  • Place of burial
  • Clothing
  • Next of kin details
  • Any insurance details that are applicable




Nicole Watt

Our family would like to express our sincerest thanks for the kindness, grace and professionalism shown to us in regards to my mother’s service. You went well beyond the typical expectation during this difficult time. The personalised treatment that was displayed will forever be remembered. I would highly recommend Max Perram’s to anyone who should have a need for your service. Thank you all for being there for my family.


Anthony Scruse

We would absolutely recommend Max Perram’s Funeral Service. They were only a phone call away with any advice or guidance that the family needed regarding the day. The whole experience, as hard as it can be, was definitely made that little bit lighter and that was very appreciated. Thank you for an absolutely beautiful send-off for our beloved.


Rob Wilkins

We are immensely grateful to the staff for their knowledge, service and unwavering support. Their dedication to providing compassionate care truly made a difference in our family’s grieving process. We wholeheartedly recommend Max Perram’s to anyone in need of a funeral service company that goes above and beyond expectations.