Welcome to Holy Cross Funerals

Holy Cross Funerals began its operation in 1999 as an outreach of the Catholic Parish of Holy Cross, Redcliffe City and remains as an important apostolate of the Holy Cross Catholic Parish.


The Catholic Church ensures that all her loved children are cared for throughout their lives, from the moment they are born until it is time to depart this world and offer consolation to the grieving family.

The funeral rites are the way the Church says farewell to its members through ritual. The loved one is greeted at the Church and their remains are sprinkled with Holy Water which recalls their incorporation into our Christian family through the waters of Baptism and farewelled through prayers that God will take them into Heaven to enjoy eternal life.


Mr Philip Novella, the Manager of Holy Cross Funerals, and his staff assist families, at the death of their loved ones, to ensure that the funerals rites are conducted with dignity and with love. For Christians, the Funeral Rites of the Church assist the family to farewell their loved one through worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author and the hope of the just. The Church through the funeral rites commends its loved ones to God's merciful love and the celebration brings hope and consolation to the loved one's family.


Holy Cross Funerals has, in recent years, expanded its pastoral care of families throughout Brisbane and now includes Ipswich, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and offers the service of assisting families from all Christian denominations.


Mr Novella and the staff of Holy Cross Funerals are committed Catholics or members of Christian Churches and from the first enquiry are able to assist with the all practical and the spiritual aspects of the funeral for your loved one. Families often plan in advance some of the aspects of the funeral by choosing scripture verses and hymns which can be used in the funeral itself.


I commend Holy Cross Funerals to assist you to say farewell to your loved one at, probably, the hardest time of our human journey.


God Bless


Father John Conway
Parish Priest
Holy Cross Catholic Parish
Redcliffe City and Mango Hill/ North Lakes
March 2012


How can we help you today?



At this most difficult time, decisions about funeral flower arrangements can be quite daunting. Choosing the right flowers for a funeral to express the love felt for someone who has recently passed is something that Holy Cross Funerals has vast experience with.


To assist you in choosing the best funeral casket flowers we have engaged our own florist who is available to assist and answer any casket floral tribute questions you may have.

Some of the questions you may ask when choosing funeral flowers are:-


  • What colours would best complement the coffin?
  • Which type of flowers and colours are available at this time of year?
  • Are my loved one's favourite flowers available?
  • Do we choose arrangements to match?
  • Can our family and friends also talk to the florist directly?


As this is your last opportunity to tribute your loved one, it's important to choose the most suitable funeral flowers. By choosing your flowers through Holy Cross Funerals, you can be assured you will receive the freshest available, as flowers are specially ordered and made personally for you.


Please feel free to use the availability and expertise of our professional florist, as she brings with her the experience of having owned her own florist business for 21 years, specialising in funeral tributes, and has looked after the floral needs of numerous families.


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When a family experiences the heartache and difficulty of the loss of a loved one, funeral arrangements can be a stressful time for everybody included. Organising for a prepaid funeral can lighten some of that burden and relieve your family in a time of sorrow.

Planning for the future is a prudent approach

Nobody likes to think about it, but the fact remains that we are only on this earth for a short time. Pre-arranged funerals is no different to saving for a holiday or putting money away for an investment. Pre-planning a funeral is a logical and sensitive way to ensure your passing can be celebrated with as little stress possible on the ones who love you.

Our professional and helpful funeral director can help you to complete the appropriate paperwork - nothing morbid or sad, just like filling out a will. Practical, sensible and easy.


Holy Cross pre paid funerals ensures you have the funeral you want

Many people have personal requirements or guidelines they would like their funeral to follow. Many times this is something that's thought about in passing and not discussed with loved ones or family. Pre-arranging a funeral gives your family the ability to follow your wishes as they can be outlined in your prepaid funeral documentation.



To pre-arrange a funeral or for more information, contact us today.


With Holy Cross Funerals you now have the option of listing funeral notices on our website for general viewing.


Follow the links to share funeral details with your friends and family (via email, Facebook, etc)


Traditional newspaper funeral notices are also available. Please contact us for details.

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ANDERSON, Ida Vivian Date of Service: 30th July, 2014

ANDREW, Michael John Auld Date of Service: 29th July, 2014

BAGULEY (Bags), Michael Gerard Date of Service: 20th August, 2014

BARKER, Dr Noel Francis Date of Service: 15th August, 2014

BOOGERS, John (Johannes) Date of Service: 26th August, 2014

BOUMAN, John (Kees) Date of Service: 19th September, 2014

BRINDLEY, Maureen Date of Service: 10th July, 2014

CAMERON, Michael Ian Date of Service: 29th May, 2014

CARTER, Roden Oliver Date of Service: 16th September, 2014

CASEY, Michael Patrick Date of Service: 26th May, 2014

CEH, Maria Date of Service: 12th August, 2014

CLAYDON, Felton John Date of Service: 26th June, 2014

COGZELL, Clare Elizabeth Date of Service: 13th June, 2014

CORNISH, Anne Anita (nee Sundberg) Date of Service: 1st August, 2014

CRONIN, June Patricia Date of Service: 27th May, 2014

CROWLEY, Frances Mary “Blair” (nee Blair) Date of Service: 4th July, 2014

DAY, Edna Joan Date of Service: 17th June, 2014

DETHLEFS, Claude Joseph Date of Service: 6th June, 2014

DRAGE-HALLION, Lynette Ann Grace (nee O’Connor) Date of Service: 11th July, 2014

EGAN, Elizabeth “Bess” (nee McRae) Date of Service: 22nd August, 2014

FAHEY, Daphne June (nee Price) Date of Service: 11th August, 2014

FALLON, Neville Thomas Date of Service: 22nd September, 2014

FEGAN, Kevin Patrick Date of Service: 4th July, 2014

GAROZZO, Gino Aurelio “Rill” Date of Service: 11th July, 2014

GEE, Kenneth Francis (Mick) Date of Service: 24th June, 2014

GRAHAM, Brian James Corbett Date of Service: 3 July, 2014

GREGORY, Kathleen Mary Date of Service: 4th June, 2014

HANLEY, Phillip Anthony Date of Service: 24 July, 2014

HERRLINGER, Curt Otto Date of Service: 1st August, 2014

HOWELL, George “Jack” Date of Service: 19th August, 2014

JACKSON, Audrey Olive Date of Service: 18th August, 2014

JONES, Perry Date of Service: 26th September, 2014

KAVANAGH, Judith Mary Date of Service: 15th August, 2014

KENNEDY, (nee Francisco) Francis June “Fran” Date of Service: 24th May, 2014

KINGSFORD, Justin John Date of Service: 22nd May, 2014

KRECH, Viktoria Date of Service: 4th July, 2014

KURPIEL, Magdalena Date of Service: 5th June, 2014

LEITCH O.A.M., Russell George Date of Service: 22nd July, 2014

LEWIS, Donald Ross “Ross” Date of Service: 11th September, 2014

LORENZ-SCHRADER, Gladys Bernadette Date of Service: 28th July, 2014

MacNAMARA, Gloria Mary (nee Cannon) Date of Service: 28th July, 2014

McCARTHY, Alfred John (John) Date of Service: 29th July, 2014

McCURLEY, David John (Dave) Date of Service: 8th July, 2014

McEVOY, John Patrick Date of Service: 23 July, 2014

McGRATH, Lucy (Peg) Date of Service: 28th August, 2014

MICHEL, Fredrick Allan (Fred) Date of Service: 7th August, 2014

NORMAN, Julia (nee Kirwan) Date of Service: 21st August, 2014

O’DONNELL, Sr. Regina Mary rsj Date of Service: 7th August, 2014

O’KEEFE, Sylvia Lee Date of Service: 2nd June, 2014

O’MARA, James Gregory (Jim) Date of Service: 2nd September, 2014

PECK, Suzanne Kathryn Imelda (nee O’Grady) Date of Service: 13th June, 2014

PERRIN, Marie Bernadette Date of Service: 23rd May, 2014

PETERS, Brian Phillip “Toby” Date of Service: 9th July, 2014

RATAJCZAK, Weronika Date of Service: 15th August, 2014

REGO, John Paul Date of Service: 30th May, 2014

REINICKE, Willi Albert & Christa Erna Date of Service: 25th July, 2014

RODGERS, Rupert Robert “Bobby” Date of Service: 7th July, 2014

SALEH, Anna Elizabeth Date of Service: 28th June, 2014

SCANLAN, Mary Ellen Date of Service: 1st July, 2014

SCHEIWE, Andrea Mary Date of Service: 17th September, 2014

SINCLAIR, Malcolm “Mal” Date of Service: 8th August, 2014

SKILLENDER, Joan Irene Date of Service: 25th July, 2014

TOWNSEND, Barry Percy Date of Service: 29th May, 2014

WILSON, Owen Desmond “Pooh” Date of Service: 23rd June, 2014

WILSON, Wayne (Herbert) Date of Service: 12th June 2014





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Holy Cross Funeral Services

When celebrating the life of a loved one through a funeral service, there are a variety of ways you can honour the passed. Many people choose a church, a funeral director or a crematorium chapel, or a place that is special to that person such as a family home, park or another type of venue close to them.


When considering the type of funeral service you may want to provide for a loved one, there are some different options to consider.

Church Service

This type of funeral service is conducted in a church or chapel with dedications and readings about your loved one. The procession will then make their way to a cemetery or crematorium where your loved one is laid to rest and a final committal ceremony is conducted.


Single Service Funeral

This type of service takes place either at our funeral chapel, graveside, crematorium or church where the service incorporated the final committal ceremony and there is no procession and subsequent gathering to a cemetery or crematorium.


Memorial Service

This type of service usually takes place after a private burial or cremation. People congregate at a pre-determined place such as a church, chapel, park or home to pay respects to the deceased.

Holy Cross Funerals is experienced in helping you in your time of need to guide you through the options available to suit your loved ones tribute – spiritually, emotionally and culturally.

Our staff are experienced in guiding and helping you through your grief whilst you organise your loved one's funeral service. Our funeral director will offer professional and caring service whilst our staff will ensure your religious and cultural needs are catered for.



To arrange a funeral or for more information, contact us today.


Holy Cross burial services

Below are a selection of burial options, please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


As there are so many variables a price can only be determined after discussing in detail your requirement.

Burial Option # 1

No service, no attendance burial - contact us for price

  • Transfer of deceased from place of death (Brisbane metropolitan area)
  • Dignified coffin
  • Death Certificate
  • All necessary forms to conduct the above N.B. Cemetery of your choice (Brisbane metropolitan area) is in addition to the cost quoted above.

Burial Option # 2

Grave-side service - contact us for price

  • Transfer of deceased from place of death (Brisbane metropolitan area)
  • Dignified coffin with floral tribute
  • Minister / Celebrant
  • Death Certificate
  • Memorial guest book
  • All necessary forms to conduct the above (Further options – press notice, mourning coach, additional floral tributes, catering if available, music, piper, etc.)

Burial Option # 3

Full service at a church or major venue - contact us for price

  • Transfer of deceased from place of death (Brisbane metropolitan area)
  • Dignified coffin with floral tribute
  • Minister / Celebrant
  • Death Certificate
  • Memorial guest book
  • All necessary forms to conduct the above (Further options – press notice, mourning coach, additional floral tributes, catering if available, organist / singer, music, piper, etc.)



All options quoted above are based on all activities carried out Mon – Fri between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. otherwise after hours charges would apply. 



To arrange a funeral or for more information, contact us today.


Candles at Holy Cross Funerals

Below are a selection of cremation options, please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


As there are so many variables an exact price can only be determined after discussing in detail your requirement.

Cremation Option # 1

Cremation Only - no service, no attendance - contact us for price

  • Transfer of deceased from place of death (Brisbane metro area)
  • Dignified Coffin
  • Cremation fees
  • Death Certificate
  • Cremation permit
  • All necessary forms to conduct the above


N.B. The above "Cremation Only" or "No Service No Attendance" option is based on all activities carried out Mon-Fri between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. at a crematorium selected by Holy Cross Funerals.

Cremation Option # 2

Crematorium Chapel with funeral service - contact us for price

  • Transfer of deceased from place of death (Brisbane metro area)
  • Dignified Coffin with floral arrangement
  • Cremation fees
  • Cremation permit
  • Death Certificate
  • Crematorium of your choice (Brisbane metro area)
  • Minister / Celebrant
  • Guest memorial book
  • All necessary forms to conduct the above


(Further option press notice, specialist flowers, catering)


N.B. The above "Cremation with Chapel Service" is based on all activities carried out Mon-Fri between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. at a crematorium selected by the family or the person or representative of the deceased.

Cremation Option # 3

Funeral service held in a church (excludes use of crematorium chapel) - contact us for price

  • Transfer of deceased from place of death (Brisbane metro area)
  • Dignified Coffin
  • Crematorium of your choice (Brisbane metropolitan area)
  • Cremation permit
  • Death Certificate
  • Minister / Celebrant
  • Guest memorial book
  • All necessary forms to conduct the above


(Further options crematorium of your selection, press notice, flowers, organist, singer, mourning coach, catering, etc.)



N.B. The above is based on all activities carried out Mon-Fri between 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. at a crematorium selected by the family or the person or representative of the deceased. 



To arrange a funeral or for more information, contact us today.



frequently asked questions

If you have never planned or attended a funeral before this section of our site contains some of the most frequently asked questions about funeral services, attending funerals or planning and pre-planning funerals.


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What needs to done if a death has just occurred?

A certificate to confirm the death must be signed by a doctor. If the death has occurred at the home, you will need to call your family doctor. When the death occurs in a hospital or nursing home the attending staff or doctor will issue the certificate. If the doctor is unable to determine the cause of death, the coroner will be notified. This police will handle this.

What should I do if a death occurs out of state or overseas?

A locally-based funeral director of your choice can assist you if a death occurs anywhere around the globe. They will assume responsibility and coordinate the arrangements for the return of the deceased person. With your consent they may engage the services of a funeral director in the place of death who will act as their agent. See repatriation services.

When should I call a funeral director?

In most instances funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can help advise you on the steps you will need to take and discuss options for transferring the deceased into their care. It is important to realise that while decisions need to be made, you have time to carefully consider all of your options before finalising funeral arrangements or selecting a funeral director. Do not feel pressured into making immediate decisions before you have had an opportunity to discuss your needs with family and friends and talked with several funeral directors.

Who is responsible for making funeral arrangements?

The person who had legal authority to make funeral arrangements is the Executor - the person named in the will to administer the estate. However, the responsibility can pass by mutual agreement to the next of kin or family friend. It is important to understand that whoever signs the authorisation for a funeral service to proceed will be financially responsible for the funeral and the only person with the authority to make arrangement with the crematorium or cemetery.

What is the purpose of a funeral?

A funeral is an opportunity to pay a tribute to someone you love. Funerals are an important step in the grieving process as well as an opportunity to honour a life lived. It provides an opportunity for friends, and family to express their love, respect and grief.

What type of funeral service should I / we have?

A funeral can and should be a celebration of life. A 'good' funeral is one that is authentic, creative and meaningful in relation to the person who has died and those who are grieving. Personalise the funeral service with readings, music or even the location. Your funeral director should help your arrange the type of service you want.

What do funeral directors do?

Funeral directors are professionals trained and experienced in assisting the bereaved in coping with death and making funeral arrangements. Some of the services funeral directors provide include: making arrangements for transporting the body, competing necessary paperwork, implementing your choices regarding the funeral and disposition of the body.

Can I still have a funeral service if I choose cremation?

Yes. Cremation is not intended to replace the elements of a traditional funeral but simply is an alternative to earth burial or entombment of the body of the deceased. You can still have a traditional funeral service in a church, chapel or at the family home with a casket present or you can choose a contemporary celebration or memorial service prior to or following the cremation.

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of a funeral should be determined by you and your family. Funeral costs are broken down into three areas: funeral directors fees, casket or coffin cost and disbursements. There is a wide range of funeral services from which to choose. There will be certain expenses basic to every funeral but many expenses are determined by the selections that are made, the services specified and the additional items required. The amount you spend on a funeral should be in line with what you or the estate can financially afford. Before you make a decision on the funeral director to be used and the types of services you would like, ask for an itemised quotation. This will enable you to compare costs without emotions taking over and help with decisions about what services you think are essential and if any, ones you won't require.

Is embalming required?

Embalming is the process of chemically treating the body in order to preserve it for a short amount of time. It is needed in circumstances such as repatriation or when there is a longer than average delay between death and the funeral. In normal circumstances embalming is a personal decision. Embalming is also a requirement from cemeteries for above ground burial or entombment in vaults both above ground or in ground.

What is a eulogy?

A eulogy is a written tribute or speech given at a funeral or memorial service to commemorate someone who has passed way.

What is the difference between a funeral service and a memorial service?

A funeral service is a ceremony that takes place with the body of the deceased present. A memorial service is a ceremony honouring the deceased without the body present. A memorial service can be held close to the time of death or at a later date, such as a birthday or anniversary.

What is the difference between pre-planning and pre-arranging?

Pre-planning is the process of selecting choices and having them on a file at a funeral home, in your will or with your next-of-kin. Pre-arrangement is conducted when you have made your choice of funeral home or director. You then have the option to prepay for the services that you have selected.

Is it a good idea to preplan a funeral?

Absolutely. Preplanning or prearranging a funeral can help you minimise the emotional strain and financial concerns that would be placed on your next of kin or executor. Preplanning doesn't necessarily mean prepaying. It simply gives you the opportunity to share your feelings and wishes about various aspects of your funeral service and what you would like to happen with your remains. There are options for prepaying but do not feel obligated to have this included when preplanning. Details of your preferences or cost guidelines of how much money should be spent and on what items is sufficient. For more information on preplanning, please click here.

Do I have to pay if I prearrange a funeral?

No. You can choose to pay some or all of your funeral arrangements in advance if you choose but it is not required.

What are the advantages of pre-paying?

Pre-paying funeral expenses can be a good way to finish the planning process. Prepaying can alleviates some of the emotional strain and financial burden of your survivors, the cost of your funeral are protected against inflation. There are a number of different options for prepaying including: contributory funds, pre-paid funeral funds, funeral insurance, funeral bonds and pre-paid products. If you are choosing to prepay be sure to ask questions about who manages the trust, and make sure that the company is reputable and has a good record of claims payment. Make sure you understand what is guaranteed and what is not. For more information on pre-paying, please click here


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Holy Cross Funerals repatriation to Australia

A death of a loved one is always distressing, but when it happens either interstate or abroad the distress is compounded by practical problems.


The practicalities of the repatriation of a human body from interstate and overseas can produce many hurdles. After the death of a loved one you may ask yourself:-

  • What do I do?
  • Who do I see?
  • Who do I contact?
  • How do I communicate with people in a foreign language?
  • What paperwork needs to be filled out?
  • How long will it take?


Interstate Repatriation

If a loved one passes away in another state, Australian law states that the death has to be recorded in the state that the death occurred. The deceased can be repatriated interstate without the death certificate. Transfer can be arranged between funeral homes or can be organised by telephoning our caring staff at Holy Cross Funerals – 24 hours a day 7 days a week on (07) 3293 0555.


Overseas or International Repatriation back to Australia

In the event of a death occurring abroad, the death must be registered in the country where the death occurs. Immediate help can be obtained from the local police, your tour guide or from the nearest Australian Consul. Prior to travel it is a good idea to note if the country you are travelling to has an Australian Embassy, what the telephone number is, and what your alternatives are if they do not. (Reference site for consulates

If you are travelling with a friend or relative while you are abroad and are faced with a death, it is advisable to have as much documentation as possible about the deceased person and yourself. This should include:-

1. full name
2. date of birth
3. passport number
4. when and where passport was issued
5. the name of the next of kin of the deceased person


Please note: If the deceased person was known to be suffering from an infectious condition, for example the Hepatitis or HIV viruses, it is essential that the authorities be told so that they can take precautions against infection.



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Holy Cross Funerals repatriation

There are many reasons why a body or cremated remains may need to be repatriated overseas. The deceased may wish to rest in their homeland or have specific requirements with their remains.


Whatever the reason, Holy Cross Funerals have a vast range of networks spanning across the globe that can assist you in getting your loved one home safely and honourably.

Our caring and professional Funeral Director will contact all the necessary parties to organise everything you need from repatriation paperwork through to official documents.


When going through the repatriation process you may be required to hand over the passport of the deceased, as this may be required for processing by the Consulate of the country the deceased is going back to.


Regarding fees, some consulates require payment to process the paperwork. This is usually indicated to the Funeral Director when contact is made – some charge a fee, others do not.


The repatriation process can take up to several weeks depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, but if all goes according to plan, then repatriation to overseas countries can happen as quickly as several days.


Please see below for the requirements of repatriation. Please note these are subject to change depending on the country:-



  • Letter of non-contagious disease from Qld Health stating there was no epidemic in the community at the time of death. Signed and notarized.
  • Letter of non-contagious disease from the attending doctor or Coroner. Signed and notarized.
  • Burial and/or transit permit.
  • 1 x certified copy of the death certificate (subject to change depending on consul/country requirement).
  • Letter of preparation on funeral home letterhead with statement of contents of the casket. Signed and notarized.
  • No requirements on type of casket.
  • Zinc lined wood outer shipping container required.
  • Consul inspection arranged if required and fees paid for Authentication Documents where applicable.
  • Must have detailed flight itinerary.
  • Passport of the deceased.




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grief services holy cross funerals

Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one or the separation from someone we have treasured in life.


It is a journey which, if not prepared for, can be devastating, frightening and often very lonely.


We can think, do, or even say things that are most unlike us and yet, in grief, are very much part of our normal reaction.

Since it is unlikely that any two people will grieve alike, we cannot label anyone's reaction as being abnormal or neurotic.


Each person will grieve in a way that is right for him/her but they must understand and accept each other's unique way


How Can I Help the Bereaved?


  • Be Aware: remember that grief is normal and necessary.

  • Be There: learn to be with the person; without trying to solve the problem.

  • Be Sensitive: allow the pain; don't try to take it away.

  • Be Human: allow expressions of feelings (guilt, anger, sorry, etc) without judgement.

  • Be Ready: to listen when the story is told over and over again.

  • Be Patient: remember that the process of mourning takes time.

  • Avoid Clichés: "Their suffering is over", "It's God's will", "You're young enough to have another child." It's better to say nothing than to use clichés.



Sister Anne HowleyContact Sister Anne Howley for further assistance:

Sister Anne Howley is an accredited Gestalt Therapist from the Brisbane Gestalt Institute. She specialises in all areas of loss and grief.


For further information contact, Sister Anne Howley at the:


Grief and Bereavement Ministry

81 Granite Street

Geebung, QLD 4034

Phone: (07) 3865 8644

Mobile: 0417 747 984



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