In death as in life, we have an opportunity to express ourselves authentically. For some of us, the comfort of conventional funeral care helps us come to terms with our loss. For others, it is important to be personally and intimately involved in the care of the person we have loved and accordingly, we are looking for more choice and empowerment in death and funeral care. We are honoured to support you in whatever form of care you choose to honour the person who has died and to respect the needs of the living.
Religious & Spiritual
We respect all religious and spiritual beliefs and can support families and communities with the practices or rituals that you find meaningful. As we live in a multi-faith society, we endeavour to promote and uphold beliefs that provide meaning and life-values. Some religions cremate their dead, while others prefer burial.
Over the years, we’ve held services that are based on beliefs by various religions including Christian (Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Orthodox and Baptist), Australian Indigenous, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Wicca and more.
If you are not religious but are of a spiritual belief, you may have practices that bring you peace and purpose.
And it may be that you are lapsed in your faith, but still hold close some of its beliefs or traditions, and combine these with spiritual elements.
There is no right or wrong in how you cope with death, and beliefs can help to carry individuals, families and communities through the grief, loss and uncertainty.
Secular & Community
At Natural Grace we acknowledge the right to follow any religion or not follow any. Whether you are neutral, or indifferent to, or reject religion and religious considerations, non-religious farewells are supported at Natural Grace.
Funerals may be held by a community of your people – this can be comprised of various groups of family and friends. A local hall or garden or other place of choice can used to hold a funeral service that does not require the attendance of funeral staff, nor outside catering or florists. You can mix-and-match the elements that your community want to provide and bring in services where there may not be expertise such as filming and livestreaming.
You may want to choose to arrange the funeral yourself. This choice is legal and very beautiful. At Natural Grace we are passionately committed to supporting families who make this choice and are pleased to offer any assistance that you may require. We are here to walk along side you as much or as little as you need.
We don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach, so we will work with you to suggest or find a venue that fits with your location, is meaningful (or ‘ticks all your boxes’) and caters for attendee numbers.
Talk with us about planning a farewell that suits your needs.
There are a multitude of places where a funeral or memorial can be held such as:
All-inclusive low-cost option
Victorian consumer law requires all funeral directors to offer a low-cost all-inclusive option. Please contact us at Natural Grace to discuss our dignified and no-fuss offering.