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Orthodox Funeral Directors Since 1990 Antony

Funerals to help you honour, respect and dignify your loved one.

We have over 30 years experience in arranging Orthodox Funeral Services for all Christian Orthodox denominations and cultures, and aim to provide all our clients with a respectful and bespoke service which includes the intricacies of the Orthodox religion and cultural and personal values.

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Orthodox Funerals Australia and Beyond

We will do everything we can to help you organise a Respectful Orthodox Funeral

We know how difficult and disorientating it can be when someone you love passes away, we’re here to help. We’ll guide you through all the different things you’ll need to think about, decide and do. From what to do when someone dies, through to the church service, burial and what happens after the funeral.

Send Condolences

If you are unable to attend a funeral or would you like to send a condolence message, feel free to use our online condolence form. We’ll be sure the family receives it.

Let Them Know You Care

Send Flowers

Our creative floral experts will assist you in selecting arrangements to suit your needs and assure your family’s wishes.

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About Us

Commemorate the eternal memory of your departed

We are here to guide you and care for the body and soul of your deceased loved one.

About our Funeral Home
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We’ll provide you with immediate care and attention…

To make the right decisions and arrange a honourable funeral.
We understand the Orthodox customs and traditions and have been arranging Orthodox funerals for the community for over 30 years.

Together we can create a completely unique and personalised service – the way you want it to be. We will listen carefully to what you and your family want and offer a complete choice and flexibility in your arrangements. We can help with all types of funerals including burials, cremations and repatriation.

Antony Jeffrey
Founder, Orthodox Funeral Services
Call to ask us any questions: 1300 211 700
Emergency Call

If a death has occurred, please call us on the number below

We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every step of the way, we’ll explain all the options available to you. We’ll give you all the time you need to feel confident about making the right choices for you.

  • Legal Requirements
  • Viewing
  • Church Services
  • Burial
  • Transportation
  • Caskets
  • Crosses
  • Flowers
  • Memorial Cards and more
FAQ
There are a variety of…

Questions that need to be answered

…and we are here to help every step of the way

Our experienced and caring funeral directors are here to answer all your questions, and should we have neglected to include your particular question here please call us at anytime.

When an Orthodox Christian is nearing death, a priest should be brought in to hear the final confession and administer Holy Communion to the dying person.

After the death, a priest should be immediately called to lead prayers over the deceased’s body for the release of the soul. You should also immediately call Orthodox Funerals to collect and care for the deceased person.

Burial has been traditional way of disposing the deceased for thousands of years. The Old Testament and New Testament discuss burials and there are many references to burials being performed and the holy obligation of providing a burial for the deceased, as seen with the burial of Jesus Christ himself in the tomb.

Orthodox Christians believe the body is a gift from God. Orthodox Christians believe the body must now and always be treated with dignity and respect, and that the body does not belong to us; but is the essence of the Holy Spirit wherein the soul resides during our earthly journey. Hence the Orthodox Church doctrine maintains that the body is equally as valuable on earth as is the soul in eternity.

Eastern Orthodox tradition tells us that when we are resurrected upon the Second Coming of Christ, we will be resurrected in our physical bodies as was Jesus. Orthodox Christians believe that as Jesus was buried after being crucified (and not cremated as many were at that time) that they too are to be buried following the example of Jesus Christ.

The Orthodox Church does not allow for a funeral service to be conducted by an Orthodox Priest in an Orthodox Church for a person being cremated. There are (have been) exceptions where the Orthodox Christian met an unexpected tragic death wherein the deceased’s remains were compromised by acts or actions beyond ones control.

In summation, the Orthodox Church does not recognise or accept cremation as a means of disposition of a departed Orthodox Christian; for the Orthodox Church’s belief is that the body and soul will be reunited at the Last Judgment.

Once the deceased’s requirements have been met and funeral arrangements organised, the deceased is transported to the church for the funeral service. Traditionally, the procession is led by the cross, where the priest walks in front of the coffin with the censer and leads the processors in the singing of the hymn Trisagion. Even if there will not be a traditional procession, the Trisagion should be recited at the viewing, before the deceased is brought to the cemetery graveside for the funeral service.

Once at the church, the coffin is opened. Near the head of the coffin should be placed a bowl of koliva, a dish of boiled wheat with honey, with a lit candle on top, symbolizing the cyclical nature of life and the sweetness of Heaven. A crown or wreath with the Trisagion printed on it is placed on the head and a small icon of Christ, the deceased’s patron saint, or a cross is placed in the deceased’s hand or in the casket. Lit candles should be distributed to all present and should remain lit throughout the funeral service.

Mourners and worshipers should stand throughout the funeral service, during which the priest will lead the Divine Liturgy, say prayers, lead the Dismissal, and recite “Memory Eternal.” Holy Communion may also be offered. After the service, mourners are encouraged to approach the casket and “say goodbye” to the deceased, and may kiss the icon or cross in the casket. After all mourners have had a chance to “say goodbye,” the casket is closed and removed from the church to the cemetery. At this point, the Trisagion should again be sung.

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Our Services

We take great pride in offering…

Compassionate, personalised and affordable Funeral Services

Put your mind at ease and feel rest assured that we will provide your family with the highest quality funeral services during your time of need.

Obituaries

May your loved one’s memory be eternal.

Let us help you during this difficult time, we will ease the burden of organising a respectable and dignified funeral.

Paul Zalavras

February 10, 1931 - January 30, 2021

George Knezevic

April 25, 1937 - January 31, 2021

Zivota Jakovljevic

June 14, 1933 - January 26, 2021

Slavko Alavanja

December 1, 1942 - January 25, 2021

Milan Pupovac

16th August 1936 - 22nd January 2021

Dragica Labuzin

8th May 1930 - 21st January 2021

Pre-Planning

Planning ahead provides peace of mind

… and demonstrates Love and Consideration

For Your Family

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A carefully pre-planned service can be the most comforting to your family as it spares them from having to face decisions that can be both emotionally and financially difficult at the time of death.

Pre-Planning Details

Reduce Stress and Uncertainty

Preplanning is a thoughtful decision that helps reduce the stress of indecision and uncertainty when a death occurs.

It can give them lasting peace of mind to know that they have acted in accordance with your wishes.

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Top 5 Reasons to

Pre-plan Your Funeral

  • Ease the burden on your family
  • Assume the financial responsibility for your funeral
  • Pay at today’s prices – no inflation increase or variation in cost
  • You want your final wishes to be followed
  • Have your affairs in order at the end of your life
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Arranging high quality Orthodox funerals since 1990

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Philosophy

We have always been Committed to providing Clients and their Loved Ones

…with the best possible Care

We will do everything we can to help you by providing sensitive and professional support to help guide you in this difficult time.

All our staff are professionally trained to the highest standards and understand the needs and feelings of the bereaved, the Orthodox traditions and beliefs and the importance of meeting all legal requirements.

Our Promise to You

Our Promise is to help you arrange or plan a funeral with care, respect, clarity and reassurance.

Our team of professionals are here to listen, advise and guide you through all your options.

We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you’ll always have someone to talk to.

We’re here, we understand how difficult this can be and we promise to help you at every step of the way.

Grief and Loss Support

Helping Your Family

Cope in a Time of Grief

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.

The Five Stages of Grief

  • Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.”
  • Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”
  • Bargaining: “Make this not happen and in return I will ____.”
  • Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.”
  • Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what happened.”
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Following Organisations

How can you tell if the funeral home you are calling is reputable? One way is to simply view the premises or meet with the funeral director, whether in person or online to see if they have a facility and business that appears reputable.

If they’re being evasive by not showing their premises online, you will probably wonder where your loved one would be taken to? We are happy to welcome you into our premises or visit you in the privacy of your own home to make you feel comfortable with the funeral home you are choosing.

Here for You

It’s important to know who you are calling

We’re here, we understand how difficult this can be and we promise to help you every step of the way.

  • Support
  • Assistance and Information
  • Respect and inclusion of all Orthodox beliefs and customs
  • Transparency
  • Honesty and Care
  • Adherence to all government regulations

At Orthodox Funerals we offer a range of different funeral packages

To ensure transparency with pricing for funeral goods and services, and in accordance with the NSW Fair Trading Regulation 2019, we have created Funeral Information Pricing Disclosure documents. To download our Pricing Information download the booklet from the button below. To learn more call us anytime on 1300 211 010

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