The Shire Funeral Co.
Honouring individuals with compassion, caring and affordable funerals in Sydney.
The Shire Funerals Co. provides a comprehensive range of funeral services throughout the greater Sydney Metro, Central & South Coast, Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains regions. We use all the cemeteries & crematoriums in NSW, and are 100% independently owned and operated. We understand that funerals are a difficult time, so we give you time and don't rush you, and offer both non-religious and religious services to meet your needs. We also provide simple and affordable pricing for all our services.
Cremation, Burial and Memorials
Pre-Paid Funeral Plans
We look after all communities and we have specialist in our team that are from the Chinese, Greek and Maori cultures.
Death doesn't discriminate, nor do we!
The Shire Funerals Co. was established with a service-driven philosophy. We give our clients love, care, compassion and understanding when they are at their most vulnerable.
We do this by providing families with beautiful and affordable funerals that commemorate their loved ones exactly as they want.
The Shire Funerals Co. is owned by Scott Duncombe, and was created to give families choices. Choices on funeral venues, celebrants and how much to pay for a funeral. We don’t want the family to have regrets about the funeral or be burdened with debt afterwards.
Our strength is our transparent, attention to detail and caring approach that allows us to understand what families want and provide a beautiful celebration of a unique life that brings peace to the loved ones.
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Planning a funeral
We understand the feelings of confusion, sadness and sense of loss at the time of arranging a funeral for your loved one. Although a funeral, or memorial, is an opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved one, it is often an overwhelming, emotional and stressful experience.
As an independent funeral company, we are committed to giving your loved one a beautiful service at reasonable prices so that you can grieve without the financial stress of expensive commercial services.
At The Shire Funerals Co., you have the choice of several types of funeral services —cremation, burial or memorial; private venue, chapel or church service; unattended or private.
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What our families say…
From the moment I made contact with Scott, at THE most searingly painful time in my life to seeing me off after the memorial for my darling husband of thirty-one years, I could not have asked for a more compassionate and dedicated 'friend' for that is how Scott supported me through the most difficult weeks of my life. Not a single suggestion was ever dismissed as being difficult. And not once did I feel pressurised into doing things that were outside the scope of the memorial my husband had planned. Add to this professionalism, a rare and unique sense of compassion beyond achingly pedestrian platitudes. Thank you Scott for supporting me to honour my husband with the same dignity and grace with which he lived his life.
Sydney Funerals are dedicated, caring and very responsible. Scott and his team are caring, thoughtful and experienced and this is what you want in your Funeral Director. From the very first call everything for my Aunt's funeral went extremely well as funerals can go. Scott was very positive and caring at a time when needed and we cannot thank him and his team enough for the dedication and support in such a distressing time. The flowers were beautiful and the team at Sydney Funerals are very professional in what they do, so thank you.
Leanne & Karren
I cannot speak highly enough of this company, the team and in particular Ben Gibson. Truly flawless from start to finish. Highly recommend. Great communication, highly understanding, beautifully delivered.
I cannot speak highly enough of Ben Gibson – a very, very special person indeed who assisted with the recent cremation of my father. From the moment I spoke to Ben for the first time, I knew we were in the best hands. Ben guided us through a very unfamiliar process and made sure that everything was tailored to my parent’s wishes. Ben was so professional, kind, calm, sincere and compassionate – a truly extraordinary human being who is the best person you could ever hope to deal with at such a difficult time. Thank you again, Ben for all your help and support."
"Attention to detail is impeccable, ran smoothly, the whole team were very caring, respectful and supportive to the family. Our Priest was super impressed at how well organised everything was. Anyone thinking of organising a funeral for any loved one, no matter what denomination, even when approaching the inevitable end, get them involved."
"Ben Gibson at Sydney Funerals was exceptional in every aspect of the arrangements for my husband. He conducted the service with utmost sensitivity and made a great effort to get to know and understand the nuances of my husband's life and character. Highly recommend this small independent company."
The staff here are incredible ! They were fast, clear and upfront about all costs and processes.
Sydney Funerals went above and beyond to help make this important process run smoothly. Coaching me through every step clearly, with compassionate understanding. They happily accommodated our personalised requests, to which we will never forget. Thank you Sydney Funerals. Ben, your kindness and professionalism was exceptional, thank you for making such a challenging process that much easier.
"When you lose someone dear to you, all you are looking for is a team who is going to take care of everything while you are mourning for your loved one. I reside in California and received the devastating news of my Grandma passing. The nursing home that she was residing asked me to make sure moving her body as they did not have facilities to have her over night. I booked the first available fight to come to Sydney. Before departing I had to find a Funeral Service Director. I called many places and I wont bore you with the horrible experience that I had over the phone, BUT when I called Sydney Funeral Co. and I spoke with Scott the first thing he said was his condolences and told me they can take care of everything all I need to focus is get myself safely to Australia. He immediately provided me with quote that I requested vs the other companies who were saying let us take the body we talk about fees later! He explained over the phone everything and they took over he was on constant communication with me via email & whats app keeping me updated with everything. They moved my granny’s body very fast. When I got to Sydney Ben Gibson took over helping me, he was also in constant communication with me. The cemetery had a later date available for burial which was after my time in Sydney since I just came for 6 days. Ben told me do not worry you have all lot in your plate we will take care of it and rest assured he did, my grandma was buried on Feb 24th exactly 3 days after her passing. The level of care we received its beyond imagination and I truly felt they do care for us. Since most of family living overseas and it was impossible for them to be at the service they organised a live stream where the entire family were able to join & watch the ceremony live. Then at the service they had the best surprise for us, one of their team sang “Amazing Grace” at the grave this song was my granny’s favorite. There is absolutely no word to show my level of appreciation and gratitude for how you took care of my granny and I. I truly felt cared for. I am forever thank you."
"On the 26th of October , I arranged the funeral for my good friend of 33 years Leonard P, With the guidance and professional services of the Sydney Funeral Co one of the few Independents in the funeral industry, I was able to manage easily without interference the funeral that Leonard had asked for. Scott Duncombe and his valuable team seamlessly managed and controlled the service effortlessly. The services provided were above reproach and I would recommend them without hesitation."
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Sydney Funerals, especially Ben Gibson. Ben assisted us in the process for the recent cremation of my father. Ben was professional, kind and respectful and was always in contact. Ben you are wonderful and we can’t thank you and Sydney Funerals enough.
Kind regards Naomi Tooher
Scott was recently assigned funeral director for my beautiful brother’s funeral, but he became so much more than that to each and every person who came together during this time. Words cannot do this man justice — he not only managed this process so professionally, but he became our friend, a friend who helped and supported us.
Thank you, Kay
“Hi Scott, I know life will be hectic at the moment given all the things that are going on in our world and negotiating around those constraints. I wanted to thank you again for everything – our friends and family have been constantly telling us what a wonderful occasion it was and how well you and your team conducted the day.
“I found Scott helped our family wonderfully throughout this difficult time. Having meeting before was great as he chose to get to know my dad so he could portray him very well. Dads send-off was exactly what he would have wanted thanks to you. It was beautiful. He would have been sitting up somewhere proud as punch, so thank you again from all of the family."
Thank you, Melody.
“My father-in-law passed away on Anzac Day and from the time I contacted Scott, to the time we said our final goodbyes at the funeral, he was able to gently take control and guide us through the process with care and compassion. It’s at times like this that families need gentleness and understanding, and Scott and his team certainly gave us that. Thank you very much, Scott, for helping us through this difficult time, made even more challenging with the Corona restrictions."
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We can arrange beautiful funerals and memorials in:
All of Sydney Metro
and the Blue Mountains
Our funeral arrangers are available 24-hours, seven days a week
We provide burial, cremation and memorial services at any venue
We listen to what you want and customise the funeral service
We offer price transparency on all elements
We guarantee the quality of our services
We give you choices on the funeral venues, celebrants and how much to pay for a funeral
We have a fixed funeral arranger service fee
We don't bundle anything together or up-sell.
We give you an itemised quote so you can choose what you want included or excluded.
We are independently owned and operated; we don't answer to shareholders or a board of directors
We are 100% Australian owned
Our way of thinking
We care about your loved one.
As a service-based company, we genuinely care about giving your loved one a beautiful funeral that commemorates their life. Each of our staff shares our values and treat everyone with love, respect, care and compassion.
We believe in what we do.
We believe everyone, no matter what their financial, social or family circumstances are, has the right to a beautiful and affordable funeral service – rather than putting their family into financial hardship. That’s why we don’t charge mark-ups; we are transparent about our costs, and we explain what’s needed for a funeral service.