Testimonials

 
Dear Christine, Rod and Colleagues
 
I want to thank you for coming off your holidays to give such a meaningful service for Brian’s Celebration of Life and for the support Rod and your colleagues gave us during a difficult time for myself and family. You gave us a beautiful service that is still being talked about by many including us.

 
 

Love and So Many Thanks
 
Margaret and Family

 
We wish to express our sincere thanks for your help and efforts after the death of our father. Your backing and advice helped us as a family make the day of Dad’s funeral a celebration of a life well lived and well loved. Sadness at our loss but thanks for the many years we shared, lived and laughed were prominent in our thoughts. Thanks again.
 

Bob and family

 
On behalf of the Dwiar family, I wish to express our thanks for a wonderful service for Dad.
 
There were a number of comments made to several of us that it was a most dignified and enjoyable experience under the circumstances.
 
Once again my personal thanks for the courteous and friendly manner in which you conducted all the arrangements.

 
 

Thank You
 
Neil Dwiar
On behalf of the Family

 
Hi Rod
 
I just want to thank you on behalf of the family for all of your efforts in organizing dad’s funeral. We were very happy with the arrangements, the service and the great effort you made in bringing it all together despite the obvious challenges.

 
 

Kind regards,
Antoinette

 
We wanted the funeral before the weekend so interstate relatives could get back home and Sensible Funerals were able to help. All the decisions were made stress free and we walked away feeling relieved that it was made so easy. We had the service at Enfield Memorial Park and from beginning to the end Rod Conlon made my mum’s funeral a lovely celebration. My mother also looked very lovely so a big thanks for that.
 
Highly recommend this company to handle a difficult time with sensitivity and professionalism.

 
 

Thank you from my family.

 
When you lose someone you have to make some decisions at a time that your feelings are raw and you could be very vulnerable. Sensible Funerals staff guided us through the process with the minimum of stress. They are NOT in the ripoff business.
 They have an eco-friendly system that uses a re-usable ‘over casket’ which is what you see and is as flash as any – and it has a basic coffin inside which is not seen and goes to the cremation. Very sensible and cost effective!
 
The Service is held in their facility on South Road and was beautiful. You can have whatever you like re music, a video and flowers. Beautiful. You can check their website for exact costs and options. An excellent, sensitive service. Love this company.

 
 

Jan F.

 
Shanti
 
Just wanted to send you a quick email to inform you that my entire family, close friends and definitely myself, really do appreciate how you personally delivered Peter’s funeral last Friday. You did an exceptional job and it made everything so much easier to deal with considering emotions were running so high on the day. I was also hoping you could also pass on the appreciation to all your team, but more so to both Rod and Suzanne, who were both very helpful and made the entire process a breeze.
 
Once again, thank you so much Shanti and I personally will be referring you to any future funeral arrangements that require an expert team to organise and deliver.

 

Ryan and family

 
Hello Shanti
 
Sorry I didn’t get the chance to thank you and Tim for the amazing job you guys did for Dwayne. We really appreciate the kindness and love you guys gave us. Bless the both of you.

 
 

Thank you again!
 
Take care x

 
Your efficiency and beautiful ceremony for and on behalf of my mum is sincerely appreciated.
 
 

Kind Regards
Leanne and family

 
Hi Rod,
 
I just wanted to say thank you for your care, compassion and understanding at Craig’s funeral on 22nd March. The whole service was exactly what I had hoped it would be. It was actually a very important process for me, to ensure that the best of the man that I knew for so long was celebrated in a way in keeping with his very individual spirit.
 
The way you ran the service, the words you chose and your whole approach was as if you knew and understood Craig, and had a sense of the person that he was. That was a wonderful feeling, and contributed to the emotions everyone felt on the day, I think. Your opening words to the (very non-secular) reading I chose were just perfect and guaranteed that no one of faith would feel offended.
 
I know I had been overly organised in putting together the service, eulogies, music etc. It was only when you started to read the committal that I realised we hadn’t discussed the exact text of what you normally say, beforehand! There was absolutely no need for me to worry, however, as you spoke beautifully in a way that exactly captured the type of simple, secular, farewell I would have chosen for Craig. Thank you. I feel really lucky that I chose Sensible Funerals as every step of the process was not only easy, practical but also so supportive to create a celebration that was really “Craig”.

 
 

Thanks once again
Kate

 
Dear Shanti
 
I would like to thank you and your staff – but particularly you – for your handling of our brother’s funeral.  You and your staff were very helpful, sensitive, understanding and the funeral was great because it was simple and unsentimental, but in every way an appropriate memorial.
 
Before we had sorted out the details, I spoke to you and also spoke to Suzanne.  From memory I was still quite emotional, but I really appreciate the kindness and patience that was extended to me.
 
You really are a credit to your company, and I’d like you to know that it makes such a difference when a family is going through a difficult time.  Our brother’s death was unexpected, and so there was a lot of shock and raw emotions. Your kindness and handling of the family and ceremony was wonderful and professional.

 
 

Thank you.
(Names supplied, October 2014)

 
Your company recently handled the cremation for me of my late mother Elizabeth.
 
Well this email is to say THANK YOU to yourself and your staff for the EXCELLENT CARE, dignity and respect, shown to myself and family at our sad time. The professionalism at Sensible Funerals is absolute.
 
I have no difficulties in recommending your company at any time to anyone. One of the things that impressed me so much was that your company was almost $4000 cheaper than that of another funeral home (and that was for exactly what your company provided for my family). Your company handled my mother’s funeral with dignity, respect and professionalism.

 
 

Thank you
Leonard

 Dear Rod
 
Thankyou for a beautiful service today.
It was everything she would’ve wanted.

Nicole

 
Hi Shanti
 
On behalf of the family I would like to thank you and all the staff at Sensible Funerals for assisting us in our time of grief.
 
The Service was lovely. The kind words that you added were very fitting. Everything was just how it was supposed to be.
 
Although it’s your job, I’d just like to say

 
 

Thank you.
Rose

 
Dear Rod
 
We would like to thank you for the sensitive and gentle way you guided us through the funeral process – something we knew little about. The service was simple and dignified, as befitted my dad. The Mawson Chapel was very appropriate for my dad too – very peaceful, like being in a garden.

 
 

Anné-Claire and families

Sensible Funerals have done an amazing job with my brother’s funeral at the age of 29 years young. He was riding his Harley Davidson when he was killed! (not his fault). So as a reminder of what Dwayne loved and had a passion for – riding his bike – we sent Dwayne off with Tim.

Tim gave Dwayne a beautiful thing – Dwayne’s final ride! It was such a beautiful way of sending someone off – so sad but with such style and my brother would have loved everything Tim and Shanti have done for us!

Shanti spoke for us at the funeral and she did an amazing job – such beautiful words!

I highly recommend these amazing humans – as my brother would say – they are only here to help and do what’s best for you!

You will not be disappointed on the amazing job these guys will do for you!

Thank you so much Shanti and Tim

 
This is just a line to thank you and your team for all your help, guidance and support up to and including Nev’s funeral yesterday. I cannot put into words how very much I appreciate absolutely everything you did and all the help you gave Aaron.
 
Your professionalism and yet friendly care I know helped him so much.

 
 

Again, my very sincere thanks for everything.
Chris

Hi Shanti,

Just want to say thank you again for all your assistance in making our mothers service go smoothly and especially the preparation before.

Everyone has said that it was a beautiful service with some saying it is the best they had been to!
You have been extremely kind and patient during our mourning and this has been mentioned to many others.
The afternoon was excellent at the Lockleys Hotel who supplied very nice food and I had ordered plenty for everyone, so they were happy
🙂

Kathy and Family

 
Dear Rod and Staff at Sensible Funerals,
 
We would like to thank you all for your kind, caring and helpful support towards us during such a sad and anxious time. We were very impressed with your services and how you helped us through this process flawlessly, which in turn helped in making this time a little more comfortable for us.
 
A big thank you to the Piper – Brett Tidswell – he did a great job and we can look back and feel happy with our decision to have had the bagpipes in Danny’s funeral. We really do deeply appreciate all you did for us in helping to make Danny’s funeral less stressful and more of a celebration.

 
 

Thank you!
With love from Wendy, Shaun and Tyla.

 
On behalf of Irene’s family we would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to your organisation for a wonderful service conducted by Christine.
 
All our family and friends commented on how lovely the service was and it was a beautiful way to send off Irene.
 
Christine’s professionalism and compassion was felt by all the family and friends and we felt that you needed to know that we all appreciated it at a time of reflection on Irene’s amazing life.
 
Many thanks for a wonderful and memorable service.

 
 

Regards,
Chris and Olga Schoneweiss

 
Dear Rod
 
I want to thank you very much for the lovely Service you conducted for Dad yesterday. Everyone said how beautifully it was done. You made everything very easy for us from the very beginning of your discussions with Carolyn to our family meeting on Monday, and then the Service.
 
We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone.
 
Please accept our deepest thanks.

 
 

Warmest regards
Robyn

 
Dear Rod,
I just wanted to thank you and Sensible Funerals for the professional and caring way you managed dad’s funeral.
We as a family were pleased with everything you did and the manner in which it was done. You certainly made a difficult time easier and we really appreciated it.
 
We will go on our holiday knowing dad is at peace and we will be able to celebrate him when we are in Scotland.
 
Thank you once again.

 
 

Kind regards
Carolyn

 
Our family would like to thank you Rod, Suzanne and your staff for the excellent guidance and support provided to us during our time of grief.
 
The service you conducted was very respectful, sincere and greatly appreciated. A couple of the people who attended mum’s funeral commented on the sincerity of the ceremony.
 
We will definitely recommend your services.

 
 

With sincere gratitude
Gaye Edwards, Lyn Buck and Amy Buck

 
Dear Rod
On behalf of the family I wish to thank you very much for helping us with mum’s funeral arrangements. Your calm, friendly, respectful manner helped a great deal on the day. It was a real comfort and appreciated immensely.
 
Mum’s personal items and flowers were set out beautifully and it was a real joy to see – she would have loved it had she been able to see! It made me feel close to mum still. She pervaded the room. She was honoured in such a lovely way.
 
You seemed to be quietly, unobtrusively watching over everything to make sure it went smoothly for us and so it did, thank you, thank you Rod. You are a lovely person and my mum would have approved! Well done.
 
 

Very kind regards
Jo’s daughter Sue and family

 
To dear Rod
 
We wish to express our appreciation and sincere thanks for the professional and warm manner in which you conducted our mother’s funeral.
 
Your attention to detail was a tremendous help at this difficult time.

 
 

Kind regards
Haydn, Cheryl and Merrilyn

 
Morning Rod,
 
On behalf of my sisters and I, we wanted to thank you for a wonderful service for our mum Joy. It was a beautiful way to remember mum and a lovely tribute to her. Our experience with Sensible Funerals was actually a positive and professional one. All thanks to your lovely manner and knowledge. Thanks again.

 
 

Sue Ferguson and all her sisters.

 
Dearest Rod, Tim, Chris and Staff
 
Thank you for looking after us during Paul’s Service, helping me navigate its organisation and taking him on his last ride with his mates.
 
As usually occurs, many people learned a great deal about the man he was, different to the man they thought he was.

 

Kindest regards,
LeeAnne, Dylan and Laura

 
Thank you for the beautiful memory of Les looking peacefully asleep, and the comfortable and respectful funeral space with all we needed, and room (and coffee) for a cuppa afterwards. Thanks for looking after us today.
 
 

Sandra

 
Hi Shanti
 
We would like to thank you so much for dad’s funeral today. We thought you did an amazing job xx

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Love Clare, Evan and Gay Hall xx

 
Our mother passed away and we looked at a couple of funeral parlours but just couldn’t find the caring we needed. We went into Sensible Funerals and met Rod Conlon. He was amazing from the first moment we met him. He was caring, understanding and went above and beyond to help us.
 
His readings at the service were perfect, it felt like he was a friend in our family. We are so grateful to have dealt with someone so special at our time of sadness. He is definitely someone who has been a pleasure to meet.

 
Thank you so much Rod and thank you Sensible Funerals.
 
 

Rebecca

 
Please accept from the family, our heartfelt thanks for the most professional manner in which you conducted the Service for Mum in a time of our great loss, and for your assistance and guidance in its preparation.
 
 

Tony and Jillian

 
To Sensible Funerals
 
Thanks so much for your caring ways in dealing with us around the time of Dad’s funeral.
 
We appreciated it very much.

 
 

Vic’s family

 
To Sensible Funerals
Thankyou to you all for your assistance and prompt service for the funeral of Christine. The Service was perfect in every way.

 
 

Regards
Christine’s Daughters

 
Dear Rod, Thank you for my dad’s farewell today. I don’t know what else to say. Please know my heart is in that thank you. I am thankful you chose your profession, it means a great deal to those of us on the other side of the podium that people like you are willing to speak for our families.
 
Mum mentioned how happy she was that the Service unfolded the way that it did. She was happy with how dad looked, she said he looked himself. The whole process was made simple and we all appreciated that.

 
 

Belinda

 
Hi Rod
 
A very big thank you for conducting a wonderful service on Friday for Dad’s funeral. He would have really liked it!
 
You made the whole process really stress-free for us. Friday was far from stress-free for you with the other service running so late; your calm manner was much appreciated.
 
We had many comments on the service and how it was perfect for Dad. You must have one of the hardest jobs in the world and to conduct a service for someone you have never met and get it so right is a real credit to you.

 
 

Thanks so much
Sally

 

 
We could not have made a better selection when we asked Sensible Funerals to arrange the funeral for our husband and father.
 
Shanti, Tim and their staff were always kind and caring, and their approach was responsive, flexible and highly respectful.
 
They spent time with us to develop a viewing and funeral that was tailored exactly to our wishes; we had some specific requests, and they made those happen.
 
We much appreciate and most highly recommend the service of this wonderful family-based business.

 
 

Lesley, Alister, Steve, Nicola and Justine

 
At the time of grief of losing a loved one, we all need time, comfort, compassion and understanding. We were all impressed with Shanti and Tim and the entire staff at SENSIBLE FUNERALS. We received all of the above plus more from these beautiful people, nothing was too much trouble.
 
We as a family were able to do whatever we needed to do to send our loved one off in a way we imagined he would have wanted to go. Even though he was only a young man, being able to do this with the full support of Shanti and Tim, it helped us deal with the trauma of losing our little brother and son.
 
What a way to send him off to his final resting place, ON A HARLEY. 
Yes we had the fortune of Tim to taking Mark for a final ride on the Harley Hearse, WOW !!!!!!!!!!
 
That’s the way I want to exit this world.
 
Shanti, thank you and Tim for all you have both done for the family and especially me. 
You and your staff are truly a very special group of people, compassionate, calming and peaceful. I can only wish that I could be as compassionate as you and Tim.
 
A very big thank you for the way you presented our Mark for the private viewing.
 
I know who I want to look after me when it’s my time to go, hopefully not for a while yet though.
 
 

Warmest and Sincere Regards
Peter

 
Hi Shanti
 
I along with my sisters were impressed with your service and would like to pass on our gratitude. Thank you once again.

 
 

Stephen

 
Thank you so much for your part in Dad’s funeral. We were all so pleased with the way everything went – your calm and reassuring manner and all of the family present to share in the celebration of Dad’s life.
 
We would certainly recommend Sensible Funerals to others.
 
We have only praise for your kindness, attention to detail and the calm but efficient way in which everything was handled.

 
 

Gail

 
I would like to send our thanks to all of you at Sensible Funerals for the wonderful service that was given for Dad yesterday. It was a truly memorable day of lightheartedness and tears and without Sensible Funerals professionalism it would not have been as such. I will be recommending you to everyone I know.
 
 

Thank you
Hazel and Family

 
Please allow me to express “thank you” compliments for your provisions, both preparing and transporting my mother for burial.
 
Four hours after Mum was deceased, my introduction to Sensible Funerals was Christine’s helpful and informative manner. Christine shared details and unhurriedly answered my questions and concerns along with explaining and quoting all the prices involved.
 
Your receptionist, Sharon, is “tailor made” for her working role, an excellent asset to your organisation. I have nothing but accolades for her ability in working and walking with me through this maze of death and funerals. Sharon possesses a particular quality that stands out, called “fellow feeling”. She has the ability to walk in another’s shoes, not just feel, at a superficial level.
 
Your mortuary staff gained my respectful appreciation for their attention to the care and protection of my mother at this final time. They, by doing their part, helped me fulfil my mother’s final requirements.
 
Shanti, your kind gestures and attention to detail deeply touched me. So often in life it’s the small things that mean the most.
 
All these folk make a strong team.

 
 

Rosalie

 
I wanted to say a big thank you for the way in which you handled Dad’s service. The eulogy was delivered perfectly, just as I requested and your warmth and caring was commented on by many of my friends.
 
 

Pat