Personalising the Service

Personalising the Funeral Service…for making the service special

A funeral service should capture and reflect the life lived by a person. To do this, Sylvan Funerals offers a number of memorial ideas for you to consider.

Photo Slideshow Presentations

Often following the eulogy, presenting a montage of photographs of a person’s life helps sum up and reflect the words which have been spoken throughout the eulogy. Many families are able to create their own photo slideshow using standard slideshow computer software. Alternatively,  our staff are able to assist with production of a photo slideshow using a professional software package, with the ability for unlimited number of copies to be made.

Orders of Service

An order of service booklet generally contains the service order, photographs, hymn words, readings, etc. Although orders of service are not required, many families see the booklet as a keepsake to give to those who attend.  At Sylvan Funerals, we offer a design and print service, along with other printed media. Please contact us on (07) 3812 4000 to discuss your requirements with our staff.

Funeral Service Filming

There are many factors which may prevent family members and friends from attending the funeral on the day.  We can offer the option of filming the funeral service to provide an opportunity for those unable to attend the service to experience the sharing of memories and say farewell.

Thank You Bookmarks

Complimentary to all the families we serve, we offer printed Thank You bookmarks which are personalized with the name and photo of their loved one.

Releasing of White Doves or Balloons

The releasing of white doves is traditionally seen as a symbol of a person’s soul being carried to heaven. As the doves fly away, it provides the sense of letting a person go and knowing they have entered into a place of peacefulness. Likewise, releasing of balloons symbolizes similar feelings. Should you wish to use white doves or balloons in a funeral service, we can organize this for you.

Bagpiper (Piper Joe McGhee)

Having the pipes played at a Funeral or Memorial Service brings with it a beautiful and special part of the service. A funeral is an emotional roller coaster for the family and friends of the loved one who has passed away, and for many it is one of the most stressful and deeply emotive days that they have ever had to endure. Many parts of the service are solemn and reflective, and having the pipes play a “special” tune at certain moments can give everyone the opportunity to “have their moment of reflection”, and to remember all the special occasions.

As a guide, below is a list of the most commonly requested tunes, or contact Piper Joe for other possible tunes:-


  • Amazing Grace (the most requested tune for funerals or memorial services)
  • Flowers of the Forest
  • Danny Boy
  • Flower of Scotland
  • The Skye Boat Song
  • The Dark Island
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Loch Lomond
  • A Scottish Soldier
  • The Battle’s O’er
  • Highland Cathedral
  • Love me Tender
  • My Heart Will Go On
  • Going Home
  • Maggie


For many more memorial ideas, please download our ‘memorial ideas’ brochure by clicking here.