Top 10 Funeral Directors in Sydney

Funeral Directors Sydney

There are so many funeral businesses in Sydney that it is hard to work out which funeral directors should be a part of our Top 10 list. While some are cheaper, others offer a better service at a slightly higher cost. Some have gorgeously appointed venues, while others have exquisite transport. So in forming this list we had to take a step back and learn more about each individual business. Learn about their services, what makes each of them unique, as well as take some time to read reviews and customer experiences. 

Find below our top 10 Funeral Directors in Sydney.

1. Ian J Arthur & Sons Funerals

Ian Arthur FuneralsIn first place is Ian J Arthur Funerals. A service here is personalised, unique and affordable. Ian and Kellie Arthur will be with you for every step of the funeral process. This is what sets them apart from the larger corporate funeral homes. The care and personal attention the offer to their client families, has awarded them a reputation of excellence. They take great pride in ensuring your expectations are met at every possible stage. Located in Kellyville, they have a flourishing relationship with their local community. They are the true alternative to choosing a multinational funeral company. Ian and Kellie consistently help families create meaningful celebrations of life. From simple graveside services to elaborate memorials in catered venues, so service is too difficult for the family team at Ian Arthur Funerals. As trends change, and cremation has steadily increased in popularity – the packages available at Ian J Arthur Funerals have changed. Through consultation with their client families they have created a range of affordable funeral packages that range from no-service no-attendance cremations, to larger publicly held funerals. The wishes of the family always come first at Ian Arthur Funerals, which is why you can trust that Ian and Kellie have your best interest at heart when trusted with making funeral arrangements.

Ian Arthur Funerals offer cremation and burial services right across the greater Sydney area. With access to a vast range of cemeteries and crematoriums (including Field of Mars Cemetery, Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery, Roockwood Memorial Gardens, Rookwood Catholic Cemetery & Crematoria, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Woronora General Cemetery & Crematorium, Pinegrove Memorial Park, Rookwood Anglican and General Cemeteries, Castlebrook Memorial Park, Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, and Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium).

Profile of Ian Arthur Funerals | Ian Arthur Funerals Website


2. Paul Lahood Funerals

Paul Lahood Funerals SydneyPaul Lahood Funerals lands second position in our list of Top 10 Funeral Directors in Sydney. Located on Parramatta Road in Lewisham, Paul Lahood Funerals offer everything under one roof. From flowers and coffins to vehicles and celebrants. They have the professional connections required to ensure that your family receive the best care from one of Sydney’s most reputable funeral companies. The staff are distinctive in their formal attire uniform. Their training is second to none. With access to many of the local Catholic Churches, Cemeteries and Crematoria – Paul Lahood is the ideal choice for a dignified funeral service in Sydney.Paul Lahood has a fleet of immaculately maintained, late model black hearses and limousines. They also have access to specialty vehicles and white hearses at request. While most people would be familiar with their burial and cremation services, Paul Lahood also offers pre-paid funerals for those seeking that extra peace of mind. Services offered by this local funeral home include Catholic Funerals, Orthodox Funerals, Pre-Arranged Funerals, Repatriation and transfer services. Their religious and cultural services are first class and no expense is spared in ensuring that the quality of the assistance your family receives is the best.

Paul Lahood Funerals is independently owned and operated by Paul Lahood and his family. They have a dedicated team of compassionate staff and offer fluency in a number of languages (including Maltese, Spanish, Filipino, Italian and Arabic). They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any of your funeral care needs.

Profile of Paul Lahood Funerals | Paul Lahood Funerals Website


3. Guardian Funerals

Guardian FuneralsThey’re popular for many reasons, but it’s affordability and quality that places Guardian Funerals in our list of Top 10 Funeral Directors in Sydney. The brand has been floating around for more than 50 years and is recognised as an iconic funeral care brand in Australia. The group is now owned by InvoCare (the countries largest provider of funeral services) with locations all over New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Moving with the times, Guardian Funerals offer a range of online resources and an e-tribute through HeavenAddress. They also offer access to their grief assistance portal called MyGriefAssist. They support many community organisations including Alzheimer’s Australia, Legacy, Lions Recycle for Sight, Western Sydney Wanderers and The Pilgrimage of Grace. There are many ways that Guardian Funerals make a funeral service special. They personalise each goodbye with tailored viewings, individualised coffins, funeral themes, eulogies, slideshows and videos and catered functions. They offer their services to all faiths and groups throughout Sydney.

Guardian Funerals have a mantra that ‘every goodbye is different’. By taking this into consideration for every single family they help, they maintain there position as one of Sydney’s best funeral directors. 

Profile of Guardian Funerals | Guardian Funerals Website


4. Lady Anne Funerals

Lady Anne FuneralsThere’s something different about the Sydney funeral director that has taken out fourth spot in our list of the Top 10 local funeral homes. It’s a funeral home operated by ladies that do not wear burgundy and white. A truly independent funeral company for Sydney families seeking a woman’s compassion. Whether you require a secular, religious or spiritual funeral ceremony, the celebrants and funeral directors at Lady Anne can provide for even the most obscure of needs. There is comfort in forming a bond with your chosen funeral director. This is why the same Lady Anne funeral director will help you all the way through, right from the very start. You’re never alone when you entrust Lady Anne with your funeral care needs.

Lady Anne Funerals is owned and operated by Sydney local, Karen. Her team of all-women funeral directors operate from their funeral home in West Ryde. For more information on their funeral parlour, visit their website.

Profile of Guardian Funerals | Guardian Funerals Website


5. Olsens Funerals

Olsens Funerals SydneyOlsens Funerals have been helping Sydney families for more than 60 years. Their distinctive fingerprint logo is known right across the city as that of the third-generation family owned funeral home. Originally founded in Sutherland in 1944, the presence of this brand has continued to grow ever since. They pride themselves on supporting their local community. At Olsens they believe that making a difference in the community is the most important part of their organisation. The take great comfort in focusing on their locals, knowing that by providing Sydney with a high quality, family orientated service, they will receive repeat and referral custom from their client families.

At Olsens Funerals you will be making funeral arrangements with a senior funeral director. Why? Becuase Olsens Funerals only hire senior people that have experienced the funeral process themselves. It’s just another way Olsens ensures your family receive the best care available.

Profile of Olsens Funerals | Olsens Funerals Website


6. White Lady Funerals

White Lady Funerals SydneyThe White Lady brand is appearing across all of our Top 10 lists. They just know how to ensure families receive the attentive service they deserve. Staff selection is taken very seriously at White Lady, which is why their team of qualified funeral directors provide a professional ‘woman’s understanding’. With a network of more than 50 funeral homes around the country, White Lady are doing something right. Their expansion in Sydney has seen them to be one of the fastest growing funeral home networks in New South Wales. In Sydney they offer the highest level of professionalism and support, ensuring no family goes without. Their female funeral directors will guide you through the funeral process, helping your family to reflect on and celebrate the life that was. They offer a full range of funeral services for men, women and children. Each one can be tailored to your requests, irrespective of cultural or religious backgrounds. They have chapels located in most areas of Sydney and regional areas of New South Wales. Some of their most popular funeral homes are located in Bankstown, Belmont, Bondi Junction, Byron Bay, Camden, Charlestown, Charmhaven, Eastwood, Five Dock, Frenchs Forest, Liverpool, Manly, Mayfield, Mosman, Narrabeen, Nelson Bay, Pennant Hills, Penrith, Queanbeyan, Rockdeale, Roseville, Sutherland, Tweed Heads and Wyoming.

The support doesn’t end with the funeral. When you choose White Lady Funerals – their assistance and support is offered well beyond the day of the funeral. Offering full range of cremation, burial, repatriation and preplanning services – it is definitely worth giving White Lady Funerals a call.

Profile of White Lady Funerals | White Lady Funerals Website


7. Simplicity Funerals

Simplicity Funerals SydneyIn 7th place is Simplicity Funerals. This is another one of InvoCare’s strong brands. The key focus with Simplicity Funerals is affordability. They services are comparatively cheaper than sister-company White Lady Funerals. Their logo is fun, fresh and inviting. Their staff are friendly and compassionate. They have more than 20 locations in Sydney and New South Wales. They also offer mobile-arrangers. You may have seen their cars on the motorway, in one of your neighbours’ driveways, or perhaps a mobile-arranger lives near you. This is something that has certainly set Simplicity Funerals apart from the rest. Their willingness to visit you and your family in the comfort of your own home shows their dedication and commitment to top quality customer service. They can help you arrange a funeral of any faith or cultural background. With funeral homes all over Australia, chances are they have performed the type of service you require, and can do so at an affordable price. They have chapels in the following suburbs; Balgowlah, Bankstown, Bateau Bay, Chatswood, Erina, Hornsby, Liverpool, Mascot, Miranda, Newtown, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Smithfield, Toukley, Tweed Heads, Wollongon, Woy Woy and Wyong.

For a funeral director that will listen, empathise and help you reflect, speak with Simplicity Funerals in Sydney. Their people are highly trained and come from all walks of life. This is what makes Simplicity Funerals one of the most diverse and accommodating funeral homes in New South Wales.

Profile of Simplicity Funerals | Simplicity Funerals Website


8. Ann Wilson Funerals

Ann Wilson Funerals SydneyTaking 8th place in our list of the Top 10 Funeral Directors in Sydney is Ann Wilson Funerals. This prestigious brand has a core focus on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Their funeral homes are located in Mona Vale and Dee Why. Their Mona Vale venue has its own chapel perfectly appointed chapel. The business is Australian owned and family run. It was acquired by InvoCare, but the attention to detail offered by Ann Wilson can only come from a family. Ann and her brother John manage the operations at Ann Wilson Funerals, with a team of trained morticians and funeral directors. Dignity and compassion are two words that Ann Wilson Funerals is synonymous with. Their strong heritage and connection to the local community helps them be first place families call in their time of need. The brand was formed in 1995 by Ann herself, only to become one of Sydney’s most trusted funeral companies.

Ann Wilson Funerals is a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association. They adhere to the strict standards and Code of Ethics that form part of the AFDA membership. Though at time of publishing they did not have any pricing information on their website (nor did they have any funeral packages available to peruse) – you can obtain this information by contacting them directly or requesting a funeral quote.

Profile of Ann Wilson Funerals | Ann Wilson Funerals Website


9. TJ Andrews Funerals

TJ Andrews Funerals SydneyAt number 9 in our list is a 100% Australian owned funeral company that goes by the name of TJ Andrews. Since 1895, TJ Andrews has been arranging funerals for the greater Sydney community. Founded originally in Newtown, the company have funeral homes in Auburn, Baulkham Hills, Carlingford, Gosford, Hornsby, Marrickville, North Narrabeen and Ryde. The company forms a part of the Allison-Monkhouse group that also operate funeral homes in Melbourne and surrounds. Because of this, TJ Andrews has a rich history dating back to the early 1900s (TJ Andrews becoming a part of the group in the 1960s). Due to their Monkhouse link, TJ Andrews specialise in repatriation services. On their website they have a range of guides that have been carefully written to help families with making funeral preparations, grief and bereavement support and funeral preplanning. TJ Andrews have staff available to help that can communicate in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Balkan Languages (such as Serbian, Montenegran and Macedonian). They also have funeral directors that are familiar with the following types of funeral services; Greek Orthodox, Italian Catholic, Ukranian, Lithuanian, South Pacific Islander, Koori, Portuguese Catholic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Sri Lankan (of Hind, Catholic & Protestant varieties), Indian Hindu, Balkan and all other Orthodox funeral rituals.

TJ Andrews would have to be one of the most experienced funeral companies in Sydney. Their interstate ties make them a very knowledgeable and trusted funeral care provider. If you are seeking a traditional funeral service or require assistance with a repatriation, TJ Andrews Funerals is an ideal choice.

Profile of TJ Andrews Funerals | TJ Andrews Funerals Website


10. WN Bull Funerals

WN Bull FuneralsLast but certainly not least on our list is WN Bull Funerals. Specialising in boutique funeral care, they have funeral homes in two locations – Newtown and Parramatta. You will find their chapels are intimate places of warmth and tradition. Humble timber pews and elegant decor make their funeral parlours the ideal venue for a traditional cremation or burial memorial service. The professional funeral directors at WN Bull are dedicated to helping families create a meaningful and personalised funeral service. Their history connects them with many local organisations such as St Vincent de Paul. Setting WN Bull apart from the rest is their unique bereavement service which is open to the public. Unlike most funeral homes, WN Bull offer grief assistance to anyone affected by the passing of someone close. They open their doors to all family and friends, community members and associates. In 2010, after two decades of ownership, the late owners John & Agnes Harris entrusted the WN Bull to it’s successors InvoCare.

WN Bull has been a powerful name in funeral care for decades. Offering a full range of cremation, burial and prepaid funeral packages – WN Bull is popular in Newtown and Parramatta. For more information, view their profile or visit their website.

Profile of TJ Andrews Funerals | TJ Andrews Funerals Website


And that brings us to the conclusion of our list of the Top 10 Funeral Directors in Sydney. While our list certainly isn’t exhaustive – we hope it has helped you narrow down the list of local funeral homes to speak with when making funeral arrangements.


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What does a funeral cost in Sydney? Find out with our online guide to funeral prices. Want to see all the local funeral homes? Take a look at our full list of funeral directors that offer services in Sydney.

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