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We prepaid for my parent’s funerals 2 years ago. We chose Cranes based on reviews, and after meeting Damien when he came to discuss options at my parent’s house. When mum passed away recently, we called Damien and it was so reassuring to have him advising us and taking care of arrangements at a very difficult time. He was so patient and helpful in coordinating things and consulted us all the way. He was contactable at any time of the day and responded to calls and messages. The service went so well, and the respect shown by Damien and his team was so appreciated. Financially there was no surprises. My family would recommend Cranes wholeheartedly.
Peter Kennedy, Rye.
It seems Funeral Directors do nothing but rip people off in their time of need but not CRANE FUNERALS. Damian put our minds at ease by taking over all our funeral problems and leaving us to mourn. After a sit down with him we felt a great weight life off our shoulders. The care he showed just put us a little more at ease. We knew it was going to be a hard time but somehow we managed to get ourselves through. Thanks Damian for all that you did. You went above and beyond what the last funeral director did. You were so caring and patient with us and really took the time to listen to what we wanted. We will never be able to thank you enough.
Annabelle, Wheelers Hill.
As you are sitting here reading this, you may be wondering how on Earth to cope with a death in your family too. This is the position my family found ourselves in when we lost our sister. We still think of how much peace of mind we lost finding it so hard to make a decision. Imagine how much easier it is, and how much better you’ll feel when you find a Funeral Director who just gets it. We hadn’t been to a lot of funerals as a family but could see that there were a lot of options available. My mother feels that you get what you pay for, and we were leaning towards a large well known Company we’d been referred to. That was when we happened across Crane Funerals. We were so glad we made the call. From the first contact the team helped us so much. They spent the time to get to know us and we knew they genuinely felt for our situation. We didn’t feel this same ‘connection’ with the larger Company we talked to, which really was important to us. Although we hadn’t heard of Crane Funerals before using their services, we were so glad we did. In the event of needing more funeral assistance in the future, our family will not hesitate to use Crane Funerals.
Kathryn, Parkdale.
I worked in the funeral industry for 20 years and retired as a Celebrant 18 months ago. I have worked with all the major funeral homes and many of the smaller firms. My wife and I chose to do our pre-paid funeral with Crane Funerals. We did so because of the integrity and honesty of Damian and his wife Kellie May. They have an eye for detail and a real care for us as clients and also provide excellent value for money, which was not expensive. Strongly recommended.
Geoff McCully, Rosebud.
I found myself in the difficult situation of my husband requesting there not be a funeral. Damien allowed me to plan a memorial for him with military inclusions and helped me make it the most amazing service. He was very kind, understanding and professional in every way with all of our dealings with him. I highly recommend him and his staff to give you the chance to farewell your loved ones with ease and dignity.
Susan Lobb, Sunbury.
Damian was very thoughtful, respectful and efficient in his dealings with us concerning our Dad’s passing. Dad died at home and the gentlemen from Crane’s who transported him to the funeral home were also very discrete, kind and good to deal with at what was a very difficult time. I would recommend Damien and his team, including for the follow up service they provided to us.
Jacqui, Bentleigh.
Crane Funerals was such a caring and understanding company. They helped us recently with my father’s funeral, and everything was just as we wanted it. They were referred to us from somebody in the funeral Industry, and we were glad we took the recommendation. Dad’s friends were involved in the service playing live music and in the eulogies. Damian and the Celebrant he chose for us made the service special, and everything went off really well. The Chapel at Bunurong Cemetery was beautiful as well. Thank you Damian and Crane Funerals.
Karen, Somerville.
Crane funerals handled my beautiful dad’s funeral in the Greek Church in Yarraville with dignity and grace…. Damien and his team were wonderful…
Christine Kyriakides, Yarraville.
Damian equally loves his job and all the people he deals with making the most difficult time of when my mum passed away calming for all my family. To find someone who genuinely cares made the whole experience something I will always treasure.
Sheryl, Black Rock.
Damien helped with a funeral for my father. After looking at a few options for funerals I picked Damian based on the positive reviews on this website. Comparing prices with the other quotations Crane Funerals were on the lower cost side however price was not our main focus, we wanted someone to arrange a beautiful funeral for us. Our whole family were very appreciative of the way Damian helped organise our funeral and did so with a supporting, caring & friendly manner. Damian did all the difficult work arranging what to do with our loved one before and after the funeral, and was there every step of the way to help with planning the ceremony (working with & allowing us freedom to choose how we wanted the ceremony to go on the day) Our funeral went smoothly & exactly as planned, and we gave our dad a beautiful “send off” and celebration of life… thank you Damian
Clint Emerson, Langwarrin.
Damian from Crane Funerals helped me and my family bury our mother a few weeks ago. Damian’s care and understanding for everything was evident in his gentle manner from our first meeting. Nothing was any trouble for him, and he kept in touch regularly during the preparations for the funeral. Everything happened smoothly on the day and things went as well as anyone would want them to. The funeral was moderately priced, but the service provided by Damien was excellent. He has my highest recommendation.
Dan McCrohan, Langwarrin.
Crane Funerals recently arranged a beautiful funeral service for the patriach of our family in our Catholic Church. Damian was recommended to us by friends, and we are glad we took their advice. Damian looked after everything just as we wished. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything that was promised was delivered. Dad looked lovely for our private family viewing that we arranged the weekend before his funeral. All the staff from Crane who helped us on the day of funeral were lovely, and very helpful. I would certainly recommend Crane Funerals whenever you need a caring and professional funeral director.
Christine, Dingley.
I highly recommend this business, my husband passed away and Damian Meehan made everything so much easier for my family and myself, he is so understanding and caring, nothing was too much trouble even when we kept changing our minds, my husband’s funeral was perfect, he really understood everything we wanted, he could not have done more for us or been more caring.
Janet Hayward, Langwarrin.
Damien visited my sister and I at my home and went through all of our requirements for the funeral. He answered all of our questions and advised us on things we were unsure about. He allowed us to take our time and never once placed any sales pressure on us. After including all of our requirements he explained the extremely reasonable quote to us which we were very happy with. Damien organised a wonderful celebrant, who in turn visited us and was fantastic throughout the process. The day of the funeral was a fantastic celebration of Dads life, everything went as smooth as it could have. Once again, Damien and his assistants were wonderful, and delivered a flawless reception for Dad, all the family, and guests. Everyone commented on what a wonderful funeral it was. Thanks to Damien and all involved, I was able to give my father a funeral he deserved (and would have loved).
Lyn, Moorabbin.
A small, independent family owned business. A wonderful, caring, compassionate &personalised service is provided. In a time when you need to place your faith and trust in another you can place it with full confidence in Damian. Nothing is too much trouble and although it is a business, he makes one feel special and important. I do not believe the big companies do this anymore. He is genuine and caring and it shows in all he does as he guides you through this sad time. Costs are much lower than quoted by the bigger companies and although we hate to think of money at a time like this it is still a consideration. Whether you have suffered the loss of a loved one or are looking to pre-arrange a funeral I don’t believe you can do any better than Damian Meehan of Crane Funerals.
Sharyn, Rosebud
Sorry Damian my review has been a long time coming, time slips away as you know. From our initial contact – through to the lovely Service for Dad at the church – you guided us with special care and respect. Nothing we asked was too much trouble. The Service for Dad was just as he would have liked I’m sure. We were all so happy with the way he was presented for his viewing as well – he looked at peace again after his illness. We felt comforted through the entire process, and you placed no pressure on us but simply guided us through our ordeal professionally and calmly. We can never thank you enough.
Maria, Box Hill.
First impressions are vital, both in speech and attendance, and Damien excelled there. He was attentive, courteous, and cheerful on a difficult day. I would highly recommend his funeral service to anyone. Thank you for making “our” day, memorable.
Bill Grosveld, Carrum Downs.
Dear Damian, from the bottom of our hearts, my family and I would like to thank you for everything you did. I cannot speak highly of you both, you went out of your way to make life easier for us in every facet of the planning / funeral of my farther Tony Koutsonikolas who recently passed away – 3rd of June 2016. Nothing was ever a problem for you both calling, organising or coming out whenever it suited the family and it without a shadow of doubt made our life so much easier to deal with dads passing. I know it’s your job, but you did it with compassion, warmth, sincerity and understanding and for that we are eternally grateful – thinking of you guys brings a smile to my face as I know my dad would be thinking ( “very good price & pensioner discount, I like it” ) with his big moon face smile Dad would say thank you to both of you and shout you a glass or two of his home made wine… I miss you dad….
Kon Koutsonikolas, Bon Beach.
This is long overdue, sorry Damian. Crane funerals did a funeral for us in January and it’s taken me this long to sit down and be able to write a review. Damian was caring, professional and took all these stresses away during this difficult time. I just can’t thank him enough. We haven’t coped well with the unfortunate unforseen death of my husband, but Damian was just so patient and empathetic with us. His many year’s experience was very evident, and it was nice to know that it was Damian who personally picked up Scott and prepared him for the funeral. Seeing Damian on the day also made us feel at ease as it was that familiar face on a day we shouldn’t have been attending. Thank you so much. Life for us won’t ever be the same but you made it a little easier for us and for that we can’t thank you enough.
Amber, Mount Eliza.
Our family recently had a funeral for our father, grandfather and great grandfather Ferenc (Frank) in the Hungarian Church in Wantirna. We were referred to Crane Funerals. From the initial phone calls to Damian and John, we found them to be caring, helpful, professional and understanding of our needs. Everything was expertly handled; the price was very reasonable and we were happy with the beautiful service that they helped us organise. We would highly recommend Crane Funerals to any family having to deal with the loss of a loved one.
Gabor Markovics, Montrose.
I cannot praise this company enough. Damian handled everything beautifully and nothing was to much. I know we were probably difficult to deal with as we wanted to say goodbye to dad with the most fitting celebration of his life. We wanted balloons, doves, butterflies, DVD presentation, little booklets to hand out and nothing was too hard. Damian we later found out is an embalmer and made dad look amazing. He had been sick for so long that when we saw him, he looked the best he had looked in 10 years. If you need a funeral director look no further as Crane Funerals are the company you are looking for. Priced well below the 4 other companies we rang……. 2 of them made out the were Greenies but that was not the case from what we saw.
Zack, Healsville.
What a professional, understanding, empathetic funeral company that wasn’t all about money!!!!!! Nice to finally see someone not taking advantage of people at such a difficult time. Damian was just so pleasant to deal with and made me and my family feel at ease. I’m not sure how I would have gotten through this if not for his help. I rang 4 places to get a quote as a friend highly recommended this after having another funeral home rip her off. Crane Funerals were just too good to be true. I was very hesitant at 1st wondering why he was so much cheaper than other places I had rung but as a DVA pensioner I don’t have lot and he offered an RSL/DVA pensioner discount. I wouldn’t hesitate, God Forbid if I have to do this again, in using Damian and Crane Funerals. They say if it sounds too good to be true chances are it is. NOT THIS TIME. I’m just so grateful Damian. Honestly I’ve done nothing but tell everyone at the club about how Damian made a horrible day just a little more bearable, all I had to do was figure out how to get myself through this tough time as Damian took care of the rest.
Liz, Mordialloc.
Damian has a knack with being able to help people in their time of need with skills far beyond the basic funeral care. You can be sure of getting a professional and caring funeral should you decide to employ the services of Damian and his team at Crane Funerals.
Steve Bell, Somerville.
The team at Crane Funerals were very helpful during a difficult time for our family. They were very flexible with our requirements and made sure that everything went ahead smoothly. My Nan’s Catholic service and burial went off without a hitch.
David Martinez, Coburg.
Excellent service, caring staff that are very professional and compassionate. Good value for money with no upselling.
John, Mitcham.
Can’t recommend this company enough. Highly respectful, they make what is hard enough, just a little bit easier. Many thanks.
Elise, Seaford.
We attended an RSL Service held by Crane Funerals recently. Everything on the day was done with the utmost respect and professionalism. Their personal service and attention to detail was amazing. Our whole family was so appreciative of the care and support shown by Crane Funerals. They made the whole situation so much easier to deal with and gave us a beautiful sendoff for our loved one, with everything exactly as we wished for and had discussed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for any DVA / RSL funeral, or any funeral at all. Thank you all again so much.
Frank, Montrose.
It is with much pleasure that I write this reference for Damian Meehan. Damian and I were work colleagues for quite some time with a Melbourne based Funeral Company. I found Damian to be an extremely likeable and caring person. He has built many lasting relationships not only with his work mates, but with the families of deceased persons. Damian has a knack with being able to help people in their time of need. Damian has skills far beyond the basic funeral care. He is a fully qualified embalmer and he takes pride in all his work in the mortuary and on funerals. You can be sure of getting a professional and caring funeral should you decide to employ the services of Damian and his Company. We wish Damian all the best with Crane Funeral Services.
Steve Bell , Somerville, Director, AAA Plaques.
My brother died recently. His passing was sudden and very difficult for us. Crane Funerals helped us arrange his funeral. Many people are confused and just lost when it comes to arranging a funeral. Damian and his team made things so much easier to understand and handle. The funeral and burial on the day was just as we asked for. The music, the booklets, and the Celebrant Crane Funerals chose was great for our family too. Loss is very hard – the choice of funeral director is easy – we wouldn’t use anyone but Crane Funerals after how much they helped us. Crane Funerals helped us arrange all the grave/burial details and costs also.
Jessie, Mornington.
My wife and I have attended a couple of Services with Crane Funerals as the funeral director. We have felt their care and service is wonderful. A more celebratory experience. Historically tending to use Corporate Companies, we were very impressed with Crane Funerals approach to bereaved families, and all who attend the funeral. In fact, all they did was first rate – nothing lacking at all. Crane Funerals will be arranging our pre-paid funerals soon. We want to make sure we too can be sent off as we would like to be. We thoroughly recommend this Company to anyone who has suffered a loss; or if preparing for your own farewell.
Richard, Patterson Lakes.
Our family would like to thank Damian and his team for their excellent service. they were professional, highly respected the dead and the family members and was very understanding and reasonable. thank you so much Crane Funerals for making the most difficult time of our life easy and smooth. all the best guys!
Thurk, Noble Park.
I would like to thank Damien , Bob the celebrant for a wonderful service for my beloved son Nathan. Very professional and caring people who made the day special. Thankyou so much Damien for caring at a hard time everyone said you did a wonderful job. God Bless you all from Tracey Jessica, family and friends of Nathan.
Tracey Craven, Langwarrin.
Absolutely amazing everything was taken care of not just done but with that personal touch!!! Damian thankyou so much you made a really difficult time a lot easier you went above and beyond your job thankyou again!!
Jacqui, Cheltenham.
Dear Damian, you’ve done an excellent work in helping me and my family for dad’s funeral. You are recommended by mom’s friend who is a head nurse in a nursing home. That moment I called you – I do not know what to do during that difficult time, you’ve been very helpful, understanding, professional and compassionate. You have turned our moment of misery to magic – for giving dad a great, well-deserved “send off” – it was personalised, sincere and heartfelt. Damian – from the bottom of hearts, we thank you and may God bless you and your team. Great service! I highly recommend Crane Funerals as we have experienced great care from Damian and his team, reasonable price, flawless service. See you soon Damian! – For a cuppa!
Gladys, Glen Waverley.
Damian is an incredibly compassionate, gentle and unassuming bloke who looked after our family in a really tough time. We were after a small and dignified service that was perhaps not as traditional as most, and Damian facilitated it without any issues. He was extremely understanding of the way we wanted to honour our dad. A truly lovely guy who runs his business with utmost integrity. Thank you again Damian- The Horman & Batiste family.
Mim Horman, Thornbury.
Dear Damian, Thanks again for all your help and professionalism at a difficult time for us. Hope you all enjoy the DVD we posted to you – it should be the Industry Guidelines for do’s and don’ts. Cheers,
Ann & Bob, Altona.
Damian is such a compassionate professional guy, we was very understanding off our needs. He came 200kms to see us in Yarrawonga to arrange our pre-paid funeral plans. We would recommend him to anyone in need of this services, and we truly believe they will be delighted with his prices and his integrity.
Rob & Rhonda Brien, Yarrawonga.
Damian Could not have been more helpful and understanding. Nothing was to much trouble and it was clear that its a labour of love for him. It felt like we had known him for years and that put our mind at ease that our loved one was being we looked after. Service was just as we asked for and in no way did we feel anything was overpriced. He went the extra mile.
Irene Williams, Mansfield.
We came up to one of your funeral services recently for a dear old friend of ours. Coming up from the country, we thought the funeral wouldn’t be as ‘personal’ as we experience normally, but everything you arranged with Marg’s family was so nice – we’re sure she would have been delighted with the whole day. We just wanted to thank you for the way in which you took care of your part of the Service. We know her kids were very happy with everything also. We will certainly keep you in mind and recommend you to people for funeral care. We know it isn’t a popular subject, but it is comforting to know that people can rely on your lovely care and service. Thank you.
Rob and Linda, Bairnsdale.
Damian Meehan of Crane Funerals provided an exceptional quality of care and service for our family and I would highly recommend Crane Funerals to anyone that would like a personalised and attentive Funeral Director who will ensure the day goes as planned. Crane Funerals pricing for their services was fair and reasonable unlike some other providers. Highly recommended.
Matt KilPatrick, Croydon.
At the start of this year we lost my dad, we made a few phone calls and once we called Damian we knew he was the one, That first call to him he was so helpful and he was so caring and that was the type of person we wanted. Crane funerals were amazing, Damien went above and beyond and he had so much respect for our family. Damien was easy to talk to and very professional. There were a few things we wanted to do for dads funeral and Damien made them all happen. It is a very hard time for family and friends, but Damien made it that little bit easier. Thanks
Jess Hayward, Langwarrin.
Damian helped my friend’s family after her sad and sudden death. Her mother and father travelled from China for funeral that Damian prepared for us. He did what 2 other companies didn’t seem very interested in doing. He rushed the Service through for us, and organised it just as we wanted, very simple funeral with family and a few close friends. After the funeral he actually even dropped some dumplings around to my house so my friends’ parents would have familiar food (his wife is Chinese and makes great dumplings). His wife also interpreted the funeral invoices and other paper works for us so Si’s family could have records. Damian was great help with looking after all things as we wanted. Thank you to Crane Funerals.
Chen Li, Toorak.
I would highly recommend Crane Funerals. From our immediate contact, Damian provided a prompt, professional and personal service, and at the same time was caring and understanding as to our loss. This extended to the amazing Celebration of Life Service that Damian helped arranged for our Dad. In a difficult time, the personal service we received was vital, and something that I don’t believe we would have received from a bigger company. Every need was covered for us, the information he gave was clear, concise and valuable. Costs were highlighted clearly and undervalued for the level of service we received. Thank you to Damian and the staff at Crane Funerals.
Trevor Wollard, Port Melbourne.
From the start, as a family, we were extremely impressed with Damien and his staff. They were professional, courteous and empathic to our lose. The whole process went without an issue and nothing was too difficult for Damien. His attentiveness and helpfulness made the whole process simple at a time when emotions run high with the lose of a loved one. I would highly recommend CRANE Funerals; they provided a first class service at a price that is cheaper than the big names without compromising a thing.
Karl Leiminger, North Dandenong.
Finally, someone that cares. We’ve used other funeral directors in the past and we finally got one that wasn’t all about over charging us and blindly ripping us off. Damian was brilliant in every way possible. He made a bad day a little more bearable by elevating a lot of stress. Thanks Damian. We will be using your services again but hopefully not for a long time.
Job, Mentone.
Our family recently had a funeral for our father, grandfather and great grandfather Ferenc (Frank) in the Hungarian Church in Wantirna. We were referred to Crane Funerals. From the initial phone calls to Damian and John, we found them to be caring, helpful, professional and understanding of our needs. Everything was expertly handled; the price was very reasonable and we were happy with the beautiful service that they helped us organise. We would highly recommend Crane Funerals to any family having to deal with the loss of a loved one.
Gabor Markovics, Montrose.
Brilliant service by Damian at Crane Funerals. He gave my nan the send off she deserved! HE was professional, caring, well-groomed and punctual, unlike the last funeral home we used for pop. I won’t lie we were hesitant at 1st as this is a fairly newish funeral home but boy are we glad we did. Damian has been in the industry for over 20 years, so his experience and knowledge shone through. We could see within minutes that he knew what he was doing and good on him for going out and leaving a company that was going against his morals. It’s people like Damian who put my faith back into funeral directors again. We owe you a lot Damian and I know pop would have loved his send off.
Josie, Lilydale.
Damian at Crane Funerals was amazing in our time of need. When someone passes away and you don’t know where to turn and leaving your loved one in a stranger’s care is hard. Thankfully for us we heard about Crane Funerals through word of mouth and Damian was a God sent. He put us all at ease straight away and handled everything with dignity. I highly recommend this company. Don’t be ripped off or caught out, this company is one of the few that care!
Jack, Oakleigh.
I attended a funeral as a mourner and although I was not family, Crane Funerals made me feel like I was. I was not directly related but I was still mourning for the loss of my close friend and Crane Funerals made that so much easier by the compassion they showed, the soft way they went about handling this difficult time and the attention to detail they showed like placement of the flowers and objects given by the family. I know the family, (whom I’m close with), were very appreciative and spoke highly of Damian’s professional and caring nature when he met with them to arrange the funeral. If I lose a loved one and he’s hoping its a long time before I do, I would not hesitate in contacting Crane Funerals
Betty Field, Frankston.
Damian did an amazing job organizing every aspect of my mum’s funeral. I especially appreciated his person touch and caring nature. Nothing was too much trouble and he not once showed annoyance with my endless phone calls. Organising a funeral is never easy but Damian helped so much by giving us clear advice in his calm and compassionate manner. I can honestly say the team at Crane Funerals are wonderful and would thoroughly recommend them. I can’t thank them enough for their personalized and caring service.
Will, Seaford.
I attended a funeral as a mourner and although I was not family, Crane Funerals made me feel like I was. I was not directly related but I was still mourning for the loss of my close friend and Crane Funerals made that so much easier by the compassion they showed, the soft way they went about handling this difficult time and the attention to detail they showed like placement of the flowers and objects given by the family. I know the family, (whom I’m close with), were very appreciative and spoke highly of Damian’s professional and caring nature when he met with them to arrange the funeral. If I lose a loved one and he’s hoping it’s a long time before I do, I would not hesitate in contacting Crane Funerals.
Lisa, Cheltenham.
The last funeral I went to I was talking to various members of the family (I’m a friend of one of the sons) and they all spoke very highly of Damian and Crane Funerals. Most impressed with the price and the attention to detail- very professional and a warm family friendly service – I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
Peter, Noble Park.
As DVA/RSL Pensioners, we find Crane Funeral’s RSL discounts most welcome. It’s good to see a funeral home that supports those in extra need in the Community. Damian and Kelly and the team at Crane Funerals provide dignity to the deceased, patience and respect to the family, and personal and compassionate service to everyone.
Lyn, Seaford.