Sensible Funerals

Sensible Funerals was founded by my father, the late Keith Russell, on the philosophy that a funeral does not have to be elaborate and cost a fortune for it to be dignified and respectful.

Sensible Funerals
In the Keith Russell Family tradition.

We are an independent, South Australian family-owned business, providing simple, honest and respectful funerals at a Sensible price.

Our Packages

At Sensible Funerals we offer a range of affordable packages, tailored to meet your requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Sensible Funeral – Cremation

From $2,975

A simple and respectful funeral service in our Chapel conducted by one of our funeral celebrants.

The Sensible Funeral – Burial

From $3,475

A simple and respectful funeral service conducted in our Chapel by one of our funeral celebrants followed by a burial at a metropolitan cemetery of your choice

Direct Cremation

From $1,875

A simple cremation with no funeral service. We meet with you at our office during business hours to confirm all details.

Graveside Natural Burial

From $4,200

A simple burial in a natural bushland setting with minimal impact on the environment.

Graveside Service Burial

From $3,800

The entire funeral service is held at the site of the grave, the final resting place

Packages other than in our Chapel

From $4,750

We also offer packages outside of our Chapel at Ridleyton. Other venues include Centennial Park, Enfield, Church, Nursing home or in your own home.

Pre-Paid Packages

You can ensure your loved ones know your wishes and the costs are taken care of for them

Kind words…


Sensible FuneralsExcellentSensible Funerals5.0 Based on 43 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onD BD B ★★★★★ Just the best: diligent, conscientious and supportive. An especial thanks to Mike for his compassionate support during the funeral. DB.Jason Luca JordanJason Luca Jordan ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you kindly Neil AbbottNeil Abbott ★★★★★ Shanti and the staff of Sensible Funerals were helpful and accommodated our request to use the Harley Hearse and conducted a simple respectful send off for my wife Cheryl . All members of the families who attended were impressed with the service. Thank you all personnel involved.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Neil. They are very much appreciated.We sincerely wish you and your family all the very best. Keilah GerardineKeilah Gerardine ★★★★★ We want to thank Shanti and the team at Sensible Funerals for their effort, patience and dedication in making sure my sister’s funeral was how we wanted it to be. They were very professional and they made the process smooth especially during such a difficult time. They also accommodated our requests with high attention to detail.Shanti is respectful, empathetic and very pleasant to deal with. Her daughter did an amazing job in making my sister look beautiful for her burial, which we greatly appreciate.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Keilah.It was our honour and privelege to be enstrusted with your sister's funeral.I am very pleased to hear you were happy with our services.I sincerely wish you and your lovely family all the very best. ron mcmillanron mcmillan ★★★★★ I would add my review to the many excellent reviews of Sensible Funerals. Our experience echoed most people's thoughts in that staff were professional, considerate and caring towards us at a very sad time. In particular we dealt mainly with Mark and Sue who could not have been more helpful. Definitely 5 stars.Response from the ownerHello Ron, Thank you so much for your review. We are extremely appreciative of any feedback we get from Families. I know I can speak on behalf of Sue when I say it was our pleasure to assist you in any way we could through what was an extremely difficult time for yourself and Sue. I know how dearly you both loved Bronte. Thank you again and I wish you and your Family well for the future. D & L MeadeD & L Meade ★★★★★ Michael and staff have been wonderful, so respectful of our loss, this overwhelming experience has been made easy with such professional and friendly staff from Sensible Funerals Ridleyton.Highly recommended thankyou.From family and friends of Tim GaleResponse from the ownerThank you so much, I'm very grateful to hear that we could make this overwhelming experience more manageable for you and your family. Your recommendation means a great deal to us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to assist and bring comfort during such a sensitive time.Please accept my sincere condolences once again, and know that we are here for you whenever you may need assistance or support.With warm regards,MichaelSensible Funerals Ridleyton george bleachgeorge bleach ★★★★★ Sensible Funerals , thank you, you were put on the spot, and handled everything with care and compassion. Thank you again.Regards, George Bleach.Response from the ownerHello George, Thank you for kind words in relation to Joan's service, it is greatly appreciated. It was my privilege to officiate Joan's service and I am extremely glad that it was to your liking. I know it has been a very difficult time for yourself and your family. May I say Joan was most fortunate to have such wonderful people in her life. I wish you and your family all the very best for the future. Mark Officer Emma HelpsEmma Helps ★★★★★ We couldn't be more grateful to Shanti, Tim and Madeline. We have just had to say goodbye to my fiancé, who passed young. His parents and I were having a really tough time dealing with the shock and the grief. However Shanti made the whole process easy and so much less stressful than I was expecting it to be.Shanti has such an empathetic and caring nature about her and it set such a beautiful tone for the service. Tim has a friendly and gentle way about him too. I believe it was Madeline who prepared him for his viewing and she got everything spot on from his hair to his tie.We chose to go to Enfield as we needed a bigger chapel, however their prices were still extremely reasonable.I couldn't appreciate their family more, when our families were in need.Response from the ownerDear Emma and families. Your kind words are so very touching and so greatly appreciated.Thank you for allowing us the honour and privilege of taking care of the funeral arrangements for your fiancé.We were all deeply moved by your loss. I am so thankful that we were able to make the process a little easier for you and assist you with a sense of closure. We all sincerely wish you and your families all the very best. Stefano ZStefano Z ★★★★★ Sensible funeral has made a very sad day into a day of happiness hope and love, Shanti and the team were perfect in every aspect we highly recommend them thankyouSteve & ShivaResponse from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words Steve, Shiva and family.They are very much appreciated.We wish you all the very best . Darcy AllanDarcy Allan ★★★★★ Big thankyou to Shanti Russell and the team ensuring my uncles funeral was a respectful and peaceful send offResponse from the ownerThank you for your kind words Darcy. They are very much appreciated.We wish you and your family all the very best. Jelly GJelly G ★★★★★ Mark was amazing to help us through the process of my Father's funeral, everything was taken care of in a timely manner and communication was great thank you Mark, I’ll always appreciate you and how kind you were to us as a family thanks so much A.GResponse from the ownerGood Morning Anjelica, I just wanted to thank you for the extremely kind words and review you gave on our website. It was my absolute privilege and pleasure to assist you with Richard's Funeral. I am extremely glad everything was to your liking. I can honestly say that your's is one of the nicest families I have come across and the love that you have for Richard was so easy to see. I hope you and your family have a fantastic rest of 2023 and I wish all of you the very best in the future. Kind regrds, Mark lisa keenlisa keen ★★★★★ Very caringResponse from the ownerThank you Lisa. Very much appreciated. BLACKNAIL OfficialBLACKNAIL Official ★★★★★ My mother's funeral was graveside today, 30th May. Sensible is the best place for the simple reason that my wife and I were treated very well from the start and the pricing was also very good. Shanti and Tim were lovely as Shanti officiated the service and Tim drove the hearse. All respectfully and professionally. One of the things that set this place apart for me was the office dog, Millie. She came in to the office to be comfort when the tone of voice showed obvious need. Perfection.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words. It was our absolute privilege to assist you and your wife. Millie also appreciated your affectionate attention.We all wish you and your family the very best. Alan McKibbinAlan McKibbin ★★★★★ Couldn`t have asked for more, Mark and his team did a wonderful job when my mother passed. With so many out there taking advantage at this difficult time i am so happy we dealt with a company with morals and empathy. I can`t recommend these people highly enough.Response from the ownerHello Alan, Thank you so very much for the kind words that you have sent through. I know I speak on behalf of everyone here at Sensible Funerals when I say that it was our honour and privilege to assist you and your Family through a most difficult time. Joyce was a very special and much loved lady. This was most evident through the beautiful eulogies you gave on the day of her service. We are so very happy that your experience here was a positive one. Thank you again Alan and may you and your family have a wonderful rest of 2023.Kind RegardsMark OfficerSensible Funerals Thea RoseThea Rose ★★★★★ Thank U for all help and also being kindly and bringing then two the last moment of there life journeyResponse from the ownerThank you for your kind words Thea Veronica ClarkeVeronica Clarke ★★★★★ The family and I are very happy with the excellent service provided by Sensible Funerals. Mark and his colleagues were great and made the whole process hassle free. We cannot thank them enough for their kindness and support.Response from the ownerHello Veronica, I just wanted to say thank you so very much for the kind review you left for yesterday's service. I would also like to say that it was my absolute pleasure to assist you and your family through a most difficult time. I am extremely happy that we made it as hassle free as possible. I thought it was a lovely service and most befitting in honouring and celebrating Veronica's life. Once again my many heartfelt thanks, I wish you and the rest of your family all the very best for the future. Mark and Sensible Funerals staff Vivienne DarrochVivienne Darroch ★★★★★ I would like to thank everyone at Sensible Funerals for the care that they gave my partner Brian. They where kind and understanding in my time of mourning. 5 stars does not seem enough.Sarah CrockerSarah Crocker ★★★★★ If I could give Shanti and her team more stars, I would. For my mum's funeral they went above and beyond in making my father and I comfortable, heard and understood. Shanti has a beautiful calming and reassuring energy which puts you at ease immediately. It quickly becomes obvious that Shanti is extremely knowledgeable and efficient at her craft. Every step of the process Shanti helped us make decisions, and was there for me every step of the way, she is very quick at replying to emails! (which was good because I had a LOT of questions). My mother's funeral service and burial service was a perfect Memorial to her life, and Shanti made sure every single detail was exactly as we planned. The package prices are the most affordable in Adelaide and the service provided is second to none. This is the 4th time my family has used this company, and we will continue to be loyal clients. Thank you again, Shanti, Tim, Maddie, Michael and everyone else for making a beautiful tribute to Gillian.Response from the ownerDear Sarah,It was my privilege to take care of arrangements for your Mother’s funeral. I am humbled by your kind words, and very grateful. I sincerely wish you and your family all the very best. Shan FowlerShan Fowler ★★★★★ Many thanks to Shanti and her team at Sensible Funerals who made this sad and emotional time at the passing of our dear friend, Gil, less difficult by their empathy and professionalism.Their attention to detail was meticulous and we were kept fully informed when the service was delayed as the case was referred to the Cononer.On the day of the service, everything went to plan in a very peaceful, respectful and comforting atmosphere.I recommend Sensible Funerals to anyone - not only did they go "above and beyond" in every detail - it was all done at a very reasonable cost!Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Shan. All the very best. mick keelanmick keelan ★★★★★ From the first phone call we made to Sensible Funerals on the night of Dads passing till the memorial itself we were so happy with the care, sincerity and the advice we were given.Mark in particular was kind, patient and most importantly sincere in his care and assistance for us. At all times we felt cared for and confident in all aspects of the service.A tough time made easier.Response from the ownerThank you Mike for your review it is much appreciated. It was truely my pleasure to assist you in Laurie’s Memorial Service.I know I can speak for everyone here by saying we are all so happy we could contribute in some capacity to what has been an extremely difficult time for you and your family. I wish you nothing but the best. Mark. David HalleyDavid Halley ★★★★★ Cannot thank the team at Sensible Funerals enough. From the first phone call to the day of Mum's funeral it was a seamless process. Everyone we dealt with were professional and repectful. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you so much for the care you took of Mum.Response from the ownerThank you David. Your kind words are so very much appreciated by us all.We sincerely wish you and your family all the very best. John ZakJohn Zak ★★★★★ Shanti & Sue attended to every detail promptly & efficiently from the very first phone call to delivery of death cert & ashes to me interstate. Greatly Appreciated & Highly Recommended!!Response from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words John, you are most welcome.We were glad to be able to help you at this difficult time. Wishing you and your family all the very best. Shanti, Sue and the team at Sensible Funerals. carly kearneycarly kearney ★★★★★ Recently I said goodbye to my dad and having chosen sensible funerals, Shanti and the team were amazing, comforting and accommodating in making my dads service respectful and everything we could’ve asked for!! I highly recommend sensible funerals for a truly touching and perfect way to say goodbye to loved ones, thanks again Shanti and teamResponse from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words and recommendations Carly.I sincerely wish you and your lovely family all the very best. Heidi LitkowitchHeidi Litkowitch ★★★★★ It has been six months since my wonderful sole mate Ron passed away suddenly. My heart aches constantly and memories raw but throughout this time the service provided by your wonderful team at Sensible Funerals remains constant. A caring attitude understanding and full of compassion shown by all of you to me at such a tragic time will never be forgotten. Simple yet beautiful with financial consideration overriding in all my communication with you leaves me to say honestly YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Bless youResponse from the ownerHello Heidi, thinking of you over this holiday period. May your memories of Ron shine bright and carry you through. Thank you so much for your very kind words, they are much appreciated. Gerard KennyGerard Kenny ★★★★★ Kylie from Sensible Funerals assisted my sister and myself in organising my Dad's funeral. Straight to point, Kylie and her team made sure our preferences were met and just held a great and easy funeral with no stress. For the price it was outstanding and I am very thankful for their expertise. ❤️❤️❤️Response from the ownerMy heartfelt thanks for your kind words Gerard.It was an honour to assist yourself and Caroline and take care of your father Trevor.He was clearly a very much loved man and we are so pleased that his service was exactly as you wished it to be. Kylie. wendy adamswendy adams ★★★★★ Our Mum Yvonne was buried in April at Enfield Cemetery, with the service provided by Shanty Russell and her team. We found their ceremony, their help with planning and their care and consideration of us and our loved one and the extended family to be exemplary. We would also like to give a huge thank you and much praise to Shantys daughter, who is Sensible Funerals mortician. We were very nervous about having to do the identification pre-burial and decided to do this the day before. We were so happy and felt such heartfelt peace after seeing our Mum looking so beautiful and at peace after her last laboured days, it made us feel so relieved and happy that we could say our final goodbyes without any regrets.Thank you Shanty and all your wonderful team at Sensible Funerals, we could not have asked for a lovelier farewell for our Mum and we will certainly be using your services again, and we highly recommend your services to others.Response from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words Wendy. I have also passed on your compliments to Madeline and the rest of the team at Sensible Funerals. I wish you and your family all the very best. Malinda BourneMalinda Bourne ★★★★★ Just a perfectly simple farewell for my Oma. Kylie your just amazing at what you do. We couldn't have asked for anyone more sensitive, kind, caring, and just all round beautiful. You not only took care of us but all our wishes for our Oma. We as a family can not thankyou enough for everything you did for us and Else.Anne NoakesAnne Noakes ★★★★★ Beautiful service for my mother-in-law. Simple, tasteful, respectful. Lovely staff who are caring and go out of their way to assist. Very good streaming service for those of us who couldn't attend.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Anne. Jodie O'DonoghueJodie O'Donoghue ★★★★★ You conducted the service for my Dad, Dennis, today. I did not attend but I was able to watch the live stream. It was a simple but lovely service. Thank you for taking such good care of Dad, and making the planning process for Fiona and Jo as easy as possible.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Jodie.It was an honour to assist your Family and take care of your Father Dennis.He was clearly a much loved man and we are pleased that you were able to attend via the Live Stream Jason StewartJason Stewart ★★★★★ Cannot thank Shanti and her team at Sensible Funerals enough for the excellent experience we had. Highly recommend! No fuss, very ‘easy’ and straightforward process with everything made clear; yet still with compassion and empathy. The cost in comparison to other services is phenomenal and honestly was a little unbelievable to start with; but it ended up being exactly as advised with no hidden costs etc. The quality of standard inclusions was fantastic. The Harley Hearse added a unique touch to personalise the service some more and pay tribute to the person my grandfather was.Thank you for making a difficult experience that little bit easier.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Jason. It was a pleasure to work with you and your family. Your Grandfather was clearly a much loved man. Keith WardKeith Ward ★★★★★ Very friendly, helpful and really good service recommend this to everyoneMike KingMike King ★★★★★ The compassionate guidance provided by Shanti and her team was exceptional, we could not have asked for a better funeral service .Response from the ownerThank you Mike, your kind words are very much appreciated. We wish you and your lovely family all the very best. Danni HullDanni Hull ★★★★★ A big thank you to Shanti and the team at Sensible Funerals, it was a big ask to get the service completed in such a tight timefame as mum wanted to have her service by the end of the year, but they went above and beyond to get things done. Their compassion and professionalism was outstanding and the service was a true reflection of our mum you wouldn't have known they had never met her. I cannot thank the team enough for all they have done you truly make this heart breaking time easierResponse from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words Danni. We sincerely wish you and your family all the best ❤️ Julia ThomasJulia Thomas ★★★★★ A big heartfelt thank you to you and your family for all you did for my family. Glenns funeral was perfect. We couldn't have wished for a better send off. Your compassion was real and I don't know how you cope with dealing with death everyday and still remain so gracious in your empathy but thank you for making this heartbreaking time a little more bearable by taking away the stress of planning and executing a funeral. ❤Uta MooneyUta Mooney ★★★★★ Shanti and her team are a lovely compassionate team. A wonderful send off for a beautiful man. Thank you so very much.Response from the ownerThank you so much for your kind words Uta. They are very much appreciated. We wish you, your friends and family all the very best. Elisha DoyleElisha Doyle ★★★★★ These guys made things alot easier while going threw the loss of my beautiful daughter. Shanti is truly amazing and very compassionate, she's very understanding and I felt that she really listened to me. I feel like there's ongoing support when ever I go onto my Instagram account as Sensible Funerals are one of the people I follow and there is always lovely advice on there. Shanti's daughter done my daughters make up and she done such an amazing job. My daughter would have definitely approved. The team done such a wonderful job looking after my daughter. I would definitely go threw Sensible Funerals again if need be. They are reasonably priced and very supportive.Response from the ownerThank you so much Elisha for your kind words. They are so very much appreciated. I will also pass them on to my daughter. You are in my thoughts often. I wish you all the very best. L DaviesL Davies ★★★★★ I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Shanti for keeping me updated regarding my Uncle’s funeral which took place yesterday. I am in the UK and Shanti helped me greatly knowing the the flowers had been delivered to the funeral home and also sent me a photograph of the flowers. Shanti went above and beyond and made an extremely difficult time for us all that little bit easier. Thank you so much.Response from the ownerThank you for your kind words Linsey. It’s lovely to know a simple gesture is so much appreciated. All the very best to your family. Biffo BiffingtonBiffo Biffington ★★★★★ A lovely team of people and a seamless experience for our family when we really needed things to be smooth. Thank you, thank you, thank you.Regards, Andy RasheedResponse from the ownerThank you for your kinds words Andy. All the very best to you and your family. Rupinder KaurRupinder Kaur ★★★★★ An amazing place.Would recommend others too.Response from the ownerVery much appreciated Rupinder. aman sidhuaman sidhu ★★★★★ Monica BrownbillMonica Brownbill ★★★★★ I can't thank the team from Sensible Funerals enough for the fantastic job they did with my partner Shane. He looked so handsome and just like himself. Every step off the way Shanti and Tim were very respectful and made sure everything was how I requested. They did not try to oversell me on extras and I new from the beginning how much it was going to cost. They made sure everything ran smoothly on the day and Shane would have loved his ride on the Harley Hearse and turning heads as he went passed.Response from the ownerThanks so much for you kind words Monica. It was our pleasure and privilege to assist you to make Shane's final ride such a memorable one. We wish you and your family all the best. Carolyn EarleCarolyn Earle ★★★★★ I would highly recommend the family owned and run - Sensible Funerals. Shanti and Tim were very personal and professional to deal with. Every detail was taken care of meticulously and my mum had her perfect send off. A nicer couple you will not meet who are in the business because they genuinely care. Thank you again Shanti, Tim and MadelineD VD V ★★★★☆ Solid group of caring people. Respectful and professional, especially the guys who do their pickupsjs_loader

The Lounge has comfortable, contemporary decor, reverse cycle air-conditioning and opens out onto a paved Al Fresco area. At an additional cost of $400 opting for the Lounge provides light refreshments and Livestream of the Service.

Our Chapel

The Chapel has contemporary decor, reverse cycle air-conditioning, modern and comfortable seating, a surround sound system and two LCD screens for photo presentations. A glass wall revealing a waterfall cascading over granite rock in a tranquil garden setting creates the backdrop for the coffin during the service.

These non-denominational facilities enable family members of all belief systems to bid farewell to their loved ones in a dignified and peaceful environment.

Contact us today


151 South Rd. Ridleyton S.A. 5008

P.O. Box 158 Welland S.A. 5007


Telephone: (08) 8241 5655 (24 hours)
Facsimile:  (08) 8241 5636

[email protected]

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