Planning a Funeral

Funerals are a time to remember and celebrate a loved one’s life. It is an important part of the grieving process. Just as important, is having a memorial where you can visit to remember your loved one for years to come.

Immediate need

When a loved one dies it is never something we want to face. We are here to support you through this time.

What to do when someone dies


To take the pressure away from your family when the time comes, pre-purchasing a site of your choice will be a welcome relief.

More on pre-purchasing a site

Choose a Funeral Director

Choose a funeral director who will meet your own or your loved ones wishes and reflect their personality and beliefs. They will organise the service or ceremony you desire taking into account all of your requests


Choose a
Memorial Type


We have many options available to choose from including differing cultural beliefs and prices.

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Our ash memorialisation options range from gardens to niche walls, choose an area which resonates best with you.

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Choose a Memorial Location

Whether it is burial or ash memorialisation you have chosen we have a variety of areas.


Prepare for the funeral service and cremation

At Sandgate Cemetery you can book our historic chapel for the service and go to the grave site on conclusion for the burial. You may also choose to have only a graveside service for your loved one.


Other things to

Personal choice of coffin or urn

Choose a coffin or urn that suits your loved ones personality.

Personal requests in the Will

Everyone is different and has differing wishes. Your loved one may have written their thoughts down and made the decision making easier.

What to do when someone dies:


  • Ask for support from friends and family
  • Contact your Family Doctor if your loved one is at home
  • Choose and contact a Funeral Home
  • Decide on burial or cremation and memorialisation
  • Choose your cemetery and chapel or preferred venue
  • Start planning for a wake or gathering after the service – catering
  • Continue to reach out for help and assistance (coping with loss)
See our Resources for Grieving

Download our brochure

Burial & Ash Memorials

We’re here to help

When a loved one passes it is a very difficult time for everyone. We are here to help and can be contacted by phone Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm or Saturday: 9am-4pm.

Like to see the grounds and facilities in person?

One of our caring team would be happy to show you around.

Request a site visit online