embracing cultural diversity
Having served the Australian multicultural community for many years, our hands on approach provide reassurance for families during this emotional and sensitive time.
Multicultural funeral service
Being authentic and working wholeheartedly is important when we are providing a multicultural funeral service. We work with religious representatives in each community to personalise a farewell that respects the family’s faith and culture.
Over the years, we have worked with many religious leaders in diverse cultures to conduct funeral services including, Anglican, Catholic, Buddhism and Taoism. We also respect families that do not have a religious background, but practise cultural customs. Given the diversity of modern society, it is quite common to have funeral services that hold no religious connotations. These are usually led by a funeral celebrant.
We are also proud to have on board a Korean and Armenian representative — each has accumulated valuable experience and involvement in their respective communities.
For a funeral that is guided by a family’s religious belief, as well as certain rituals specific to their religion, it can also your decide the choice between burial or cremation.
Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh
In religions such as Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism, cremation is the preferred method. It is believed cremating the body is a symbolic reversal of life. The heat frees the spirit of the flesh and body. Some from incense burning summons the ancestral spirits to come and help the newly deceased on their next journey.
A monk is also present to chant religious mantras. It is also customary for relatives to have simple vegetarian food.
In Taoism, death is seen as just another phase in life, and the word “Tao” literally means a way of life. A ritual specialists performs a sequence of rituals in the funeral. Taoist music is played very loudly using flutes and drums to awaken the ancestors. It is believed the ancestors guides the soul of the deceased to another dimension. In that respects, when one dies they can be contacted through meditation by an alchemist.
Christianity is divided into denominations, distinguished by various differences in doctrine and worship. Christians believe in one God, who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is described as the Holy Trinity. Both burial and cremation is accepted, lead by a minister with a eulogy, bible readings, hymns, prayers and blessings. Flowers are used in the form of wreaths, traditionally rounded to symbolise continuity and eternity.
Orthodox Jews and Muslims
Cremation is forbidden in most Orthodox faiths, the same with Muslims. The belief is that human beings are created in the image of God, and so it is wrong to deliberately destroy a body. It is also customary for burials to take place within 24 hours whenever possible. Traditionally, no flowers or music are provided in Jewish funerals, ensuring that there is no discrimination between rich and poor.
We understand there are many intricate rituals and customs that each family respects. We welcome you to share your customs with us and we can help you incorporate this into your funeral service. Reach out to us at (612) 9888 6222 or send us an email inquiry on: [email protected]