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 which you may like 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 had been spoken throughout the eulogy. Many families are able to create a photo slideshow them-self using standard slideshow computer software. Alternatively, a our staff are able to assist with production of a photo slideshow using a professional level software package for $185, with the ability for unlimited number of copies to be made.

Orders of Service

An order of service booklet generally contain the service order, photographs, hymn words, readings, etc. Although orders of service are not required, some families see the booklet as a keepsake to give to those who attend. The task of printing these yourself is a very time consuming task unless if you do not have the appropriate equipment. 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 a consultant

Funeral Service Filming

There are many factors which may prevent family members and friends from attending the funeral on the day. For this reason we can offer the option of filming the funeral service which provides an opportunity for those unable to attend the service to experience the sharing of memories and say farewell. As a guide, funeral filming packages begin at approximately $450.

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. These bookmarks are given to every person who attends the service.

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, 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, contact us and we will 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. Every 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, here 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.