SYDNEY FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND CELEBRANT

From a traditional ceremony to an innovative, non-traditional tribute and life celebration, I'll walk with you to create a beautiful, heart centered service, honouring your values in an affordable and authentic way.

With excellent knowledge of the modern funeral industry, I provide families with clear, informed advice on both traditional and non-traditional funeral options. I’m based in Randwick and passionate about creating meaningful expression within funerals and end of life ceremonies. With a sensitive, heart-centered approach I offer practical and creative ways to tell your loved ones story.

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Picaluna Funeral at Clovelly Beach

PICALUNA NETWORK MEMBER

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I work in partnership with Picaluna Beautiful Funerals. Picaluna is a community of like minded people, helping families to create more authentic, compassionate and affordable cremations, burials and memorials. 

Picaluna felt that there was a much better way to conduct funerals, and are changing the way funerals are done for the better. This change is underpinned by their core purpose to help communities to honour, mourn, celebrate, heal and rejuvenate. Picaluna also chooses to donate 5% of their Service Fee to a charity of the family’s choice.

 

The Picaluna partnership supports me/us in the logistics required to arrange and conduct a funeral; including transfers, registering the death with Births, Deaths & Marriages, access to a vast range of suppliers, mortuary care, and invoicing. This allows me/us to spend more time with you, crafting and delivering a personalised ceremony, authentic to the one you loved. 

Bespoke Funeral

Personalised Funeral   |   Ceremony  |   Ritual

Shelly is a qualified funeral director who eases the practical burdens, at your time of bereavement, when a loved one dies an expected or unexpected death.  With a gentle and authentic knowing, you are walked through every option, as Shelly supports you with how to create a tasteful tribute for a life lived.

Memorial

End of Life Celebration  |   Memorial  |   Wake

If you need guidance or are looking for suggestions for innovative funeral arrangements, planned to suit your loved one, that are not in the usual realm and require finesse. Shelly will simplify the mystique of end of life care and assist you to tailor a tribute to your desires.

Home Vigil

Home Vigil

Cremation or Burial

Cremation or Burial

Green funerals

Green Funeral

PRICING

Our approach is authentic and compassionate and is underpinned by 100% price transparency, plus the donation of 10% of our profits to a charity of your choice. Like most independents, all of our services we use are outsourced, as this keeps our cost down to a minimum, which saves you thousands of dollars. You choose how you would like to spend your money, if something is not required, then we simply take it out! Or if there is something you want added, we can simply add it in! 

There are many other services you may choose to add in​, for example; flowers, order of service booklets, slideshow, live music, catering, live web casting, photography.

The pricing below is a guide, please call Shelly for a free 15 minute consultation.

Direct Cremation

from $2200

Transfer into Care

Mortuary Care

BDM Certificate 

Cremation Coffin

Dr's Cremation Cert

Cremation Fee*

Funeral Arranger

*Price vary based on location

Cremation with a Service

from $6000

Transfer into Care

Mortuary Care*

BDM Certificate

Standard Coffin

Dr's Cremation Cert

Cremation Fee*

Celebrant

Funeral Arranger

Venue Hire*

Staff

Hearse Hire

*Price vary based on location

Burial with a Service

from $5000**

Transfer into Care

Mortuary Care*

BDM Certificate

Standard Coffin

Celebrant

Funeral Arranger

Venue Hire*

Staff

Hearse Hire

*Price vary based on location

** Price does not include burial plot or internment

"Shelly is deeply caring, informed, organised, hands-on … She took the time to know our family, our story and with her wisdom and grace helped connect us with the meaning, memories, and ultimately the beauty we wished to share with those who would come to pay their respects."

 Paula Llavallol  |  Watsons Bay, Ceremony Under the Fig Tree  |  2017

"Thank you to the wonderful people at Picaluna for a fantastic Celebration of my Dad's life. You picked a fantastic venue for us and made everything run smoothly and hassle free. The ceremony was personal and tailored to my Dad and his heritage and Shelly Bennett and Annabelle Peacock did a fantastic job. All the guests said what a lovely celebration it was and everyone was very pleased with the whole event. I would highly recommend Picaluna to everyone for their fantastic service!"

 Sylvia Reece  |  Bondi Beach, The Blue Room  |  2018

"Shelly is a warm, caring and genuine funeral celebrant and planner. She goes above and beyond to connect with families and walk beside them through the stress of planning a funeral. Her skills and networks mean every detail is considered and planned according to the family's wishes and honours and reflects the person who has died authentically."

Holly Rankin Smith  |  Little Bay Chapel  |  2019

"Shelly handled my fathers funeral. Her kind, understanding manner and knowledge, made what was one of the hardest times in my life so much easier. Shelly organised everything, she understood what I wanted immediately, took the pressure off me and the end result was such a beautiful service, exactly what I wanted. I cannot recommend Shelly highly enough."

Jenny Fathers  |  Jubilee Church, Waverley  |  2019

"Shelly provided a very sincere and personalised service which helped us navigate through the sad time of losing our mum. We felt very safe in her hands and really appreciated her advice with finding the right venue for a beautiful funeral service. I would recommend Shelly to anyone looking for a personal, creative and spiritual approach to a funeral or memorial service."

Tanya M Howard  |  The Cost Chapel, Little Bay  |  2019

"Shelly was fantastic and provided a lovely ceromony for my husband. It was just how we wanted it as he had asked for a 'humanist' funeral. She was supportive and gently took us through the process of organising the ceremony and his 'celebration of life'. Everything, including all the little details Shelly took care of and I feel lucky that we had expertise and support in organising the funeral at such a difficult and overwhellming time."

Georgie Grant  |  The Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly  |  2020