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Distinctive Memorial Services

It’s Important To Pay Tribute

Funerals are an important part of the grieving process.

They help people confront the loss of a loved one and face a difficult reality. More importantly they allow people a chance to honour their loved one’s life.

Many experts agree; sharing grief through public displays of mourning can naturally help reduce it. Funerals provide family and community support. They allow people to share feelings and memories of a departed loved one.

Trying to ignore death often leads to an extended period of difficult grief. However, some people feel the “fuss” of a full funeral service is too much. Therefore, flexible Memorial Service options like ours, are important.

“Just Put Me In A Cardboard Box In The Backyard”

Our Memorial Services are for families who need something out of the ordinary.

Perhaps your loved one was adamant they didn’t want the ‘bother’ of a full funeral. Let us help you respect their wishes (without putting them in a cardboard box under the lemon tree as they may have requested!). And also give you the chance to grieve their loss with family and friends. Our Memorial Services allows for an unattended (no mourners), Cremation or Burial, before (or after), the Memorial Service.

And the Venue choices are broader considering there will be no coffin present. We hold Services in many amazing Venues across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Let us take care of the details. You simply gather to mourn and celebrate your loved one’s life.

Flexible Choices

Time of day is entirely up to you. Any time is fine. Some prefer an evening / dinner event. Possibilities abound and we’re happy for you to discuss your ideas with us.

We organise a Celebrant or Minister to offer a Service to suit your family’s needs.

More relaxed services such as these are perhaps a little out of the “norm”. And yet they are a viable option for families who find themselves stuck. Torn between a loved one’s wishes and their own desire to farewell them in a fitting and dignified way.

So, are you in a position where you don’t want the coffin (or even an urn) present at the service?

Look no further as this could be just the style of Service you’re looking for.

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 Ready To Help You

If you think the principles and values upon which our team is built sounds appropriate for you and your family during your time of need, I encourage you to send us a message or call us:

 Somerville / Mornington Peninsula
(03) 5977 7198. 

Montrose / Eastern Suburbs
(03) 9761 8494.

You’re also welcome to call me directly on my mobile at
0447 727 263.

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.