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Catholic Funeral Director Melbourne

Crane Funerals – Second Generation Catholic Funeral Director

The Catholic Funeral Mass is our final opportunity to commend the deceased to God’s mercy.

This sacred commendation must be done with reverence. It is one of the most important events the Catholic community celebrates in a person’s life.

Our Director, Damian Meehan, is a second-generation Catholic Funeral Director. He has arranged and assisted with many hundreds of Catholic Funeral Masses over the years. From Regional Victoria, to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

The Catholic funeral Mass provides hope our loved one might not die but live forever. It’s a very meaningful way for the Christian community to come together in support for the grieving family.

Promise Of Eternal Life

At the Catholic Funeral Mass, the casket is covered with a white pall. This reminds us of the white baptismal gown. And we bless the casket with holy water. This is another reminder of baptism – the day we were first given the promise of eternal life. And the Priest will wear white vestments, further reminding us of the promise we received at baptism. 

The paschal candle at the Church altar reminds us of the light of Christ. It acts to dispel the darkness of death, and further promises eternal life. 

During the Catholic funeral, the Eucharist is a source of life, strength, and nourishment. It is also an offering of thanksgiving. Part of the consolation is in offering praise to God. The focus is not just on the deceased, but on Jesus too.

To be buried as Christ was buried remains a value of great importance to many Catholics. Before final commendations, the Priest blesses the casket with incense. This reminds us that their prayers are rising to heaven. And the deceased’s soul may rise in the same way to be with God.

Contact Us For Support Now

Let us help you through this time, when your loved one has passed away. We support you with all your Catholic funeral needs. We do many Catholic Masses for different Cultures. We would be honoured to care for your loved one and support your family.

We’re known for our warmth, professional and understanding approach. So, if your family needs some added peace through a difficult time. Let us help your family arrange this final sacrament and farewell your loved one as well as possible.

As one of Melbourne’s leading bespoke Funeral Directors, the funeral you arrange with us is your choice. No strict, long list of “Package” funeral options to wade through and be restricted by.

We're Here For You

If you’d like more information, or need immediate no strings attached assistance, now is the perfect time to call:

– Somerville / Mornington Peninsula (03) 5977 7198

– Montrose / Eastern Suburbs / Yarra Valley (03) 9761 8494

– Or Mobile 0447 727 263

Alternatively, feel free to send us a message via our secure contact form if you don’t need to talk with us on the phone just yet.

D.V.A Pensioners / R.S.L Funerals. Returned service men and women (old or young) deserve nothing less than the very best in professional assistance. You will also receive special considerations / savings on our funerals. Feel free to call to discuss your R.S.L Funeral Services needs with us.


Our clients appreciate
our warmth & care

We had prepaid for my father’s funeral. The costs were very reasonable, One phone call to Damian and the wheels were set in motion, He was very understanding and patient with us as we tried to put together content for the Service which was to be live-streamed due to Covid restrictions. He was available to chat at any time of the day and the Service went well despite the obstacles. Crane Funerals has looked after both of our parents funerals and I have no hesitation recommending them to anybody.


Recently we had a sudden loss in our family with a vehicle accident. It was one of the most difficult times we have ever faced. We were advised that there was TAC funeral coverage that we could apply for, but we weren’t sure of how to do everything, especially given our grief clouding our minds. We contacted a few funeral directors and Damian and Crane Funerals was our choice. Everything from the start was made as easy as possible, and they handled the whole TAC funeral application for us. My brothers funeral was exactly as we wished, and nothing was too much trouble for Crane Funerals – they made it simple and it was just so beautiful on the day.


Damian was excellent.We would highly recommend Damian and Crane Funerals. Damian was very supportive and caring, which helped us manage this very difficult time. He was understanding and went out of his way to help us with all our requests. Damian was compassionate and kind. We really appreciated everything he did. There was follow-up after the funeral and this was a nice touch.


Great caring service. Crane Funerals delivered a lovely service recently for our son who was taken from us suddenly in an accident. Damian arranged everything regarding the TAC funeral paperwork etc, and the service was excellent before, at, and after the funeral. Highly recommended for service and care – Crane Funerals handle everything with simplicity, straightforward advice and terrific customer service.