Choosing the right cemetery

25 November 2021
Choosing the right cemetery

Choosing the right cemetery is an extremely important decision as this determines where family, friends and future generations can remember and honour a life.

People choose cemeteries for a variety of reasons, including tradition, family connections, proximity to home or for more personal preferences such as choice, history or its physical beauty.

We recommend that this crucial decision is one that key family members should make together. With one of the most diverse location portfolios, our cemeteries provide a wide range of options to cater to a diverse range of individual needs. Many of our cemetery spaces cater to the everyday needs of our diverse communities. Providing recreational destinations with on-site cafe and florist as well as a host of reflection spaces so you can honour and celebrate the memory of loved ones.

Swing at Bunurong Memorial Park

Over the years, carefully considered plantings have produced the most tranquil and distinctive places to rest and reflect. You are always welcome to enjoy the beauty and serenity of our grounds. Our Centre of Care & Wellbeing provides essential wellness programs and services to support those in their journey through grief.

Our cemeteries are culturally rich, embracing many religions and cultures. Our experienced team are trained to meet the needs of various faiths, respecting and understanding that traditions and customs must be honoured.

Some popular religious areas include:

  • The Pines and Stringybark (Greek Orthodox, Macedonian, Serbian, Coptic)
  • Jewish B (Jewish)
  • Song He Yuan (Buddhist)
  • Roman Catholic N & F (Roman Catholic)
  • The Oaks (Russian Orthodox, Armenian)
  • Islamic B (Islamic)
  • Stringybark (Asian Cultures, Methodist, Presbyterian)
  • Chapels, crematorium, café, florist and function facilities

Our world-class cemeteries provide the full spectrum of cemetery services, and at a number of locations, we offer a complete range of services for client families and guests.

To save unnecessary travel on the day of a funeral service, Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park provide full on-site catering, with our elegant function rooms a very short walk from each chapel.

Bunurong Memorial Park

Special places for personal, cultural and community needs

We pride ourselves by meeting the many and varied needs of the communities we serve. For this reason, we have created special places within our gardens, in which to honour and celebrate life.

Explore our special areas

Other cemetery locations

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust administers and cares for a number of cemeteries and memorial parks. All are not-for-profit, community-based cemeteries. You may like to consider these, according to your family connections, their proximity to you or for their historic, religious, cultural or aesthetic appeal.

Discover our Cemeteries

Find a local Melbourne Funeral Director to suit your needs

The care, services and packages provided by each funeral director can vary greatly. We recommend that you prepare a list of questions for funeral directors you are considering to help you choose the most suitable option for you and your family.

Find a Funeral Director

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