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5 beautiful funeral and memorial venues in Inner Melbourne


If you want to give your loved one a memorial or funeral service that truly reflects who they are; then the funeral venue you choose is one of the most important choices you will make during this incredibly difficult time.

At Picaluna we believe that the way you celebrate your loved one at the end of their life should genuinely represent the person they were and the way they lived. 

Losing a loved one is never easy, and planning a farewell that truly honours their life is a deeply personal endeavour. To ensure that the families we support have the simplest experience they can, during this challenging time, we’ve compiled a list of five beautiful funeral and memorial locations in Inner Melbourne to get you thinking. Each one offers a unique space to celebrate your loved one and gather your community.

Fairfield Boat House

Imagine saying your final goodbyes to your loved one surrounded by quintessential Australian bush and overlooking the Yarra River. The thing that makes Fairfield Boathouse so special is that you feel like you are in the countryside, miles from anywhere, but it is only a short 20-minute drive from the CBD. The natural beauty of this location is sure to create a profound and intimate experience for all. And their scone recipe is the ultimate comfort food at a time like this!

Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent is Australia’s largest mutli-arts precinct and is home to vast gardens, artist studios, wellness practitioners, cafes, a farm, a radio station, gallery spaces, markets, two schools and plenty of unique spaces available for event hire.

Abbotsford Convent is a not for profit organisation so choosing to host your funeral or memorial service here also helps to sustain this beautiful community space; imbuing another layer of symbolism to the day.

Abbotsford convent has a unique mix of small, medium and large spaces to choose from and the gardens are a beautiful reflective space you can return to again and again over the years.

Brunswick Ballroom

For those seeking a non-traditional funeral venue with a musical touch, the Brunswick Ballroom is the perfect choice. With its stained-glass skylights, large stage and professional sound equipment, this iconic Melbourne music institution can host up to 500 people. And after the service, the bar opens and the venue seamlessly transitions to the wake and a the perfect space to gather, connect, share stories and toast your person. 

Sandringham Yacht Club

Nestled by Port Phillip Bay, Sandringham Yacht Club offers a stunning light-filled space that makes you feel like you are outside, whilst keeping you safely protected from the Melbourne elements. It’s a beautiful reflective space to say goodbye to someone while overlooking the water; in winter, you will be toasty warm, and on a hot summer day the air conditioning will keep everyone comfortable. Weather permitting there is also the option to host your celebration of life on the large balcony space which offers vast views of the Bay and the city scape. Sandringham Yacht Club is an elegant and welcoming atmosphere to gather your community and will create an instantly memorable funeral or memorial service.

Panama Dining Room

Another beautiful indoor option that has you covered on a chilly winters day and will  keep you comfortable on an overly warm summer day. Panama Dining Room has beautiful windows that allow guests to overlook bustling Smith St, Collingwood below during the funeral or memorial service. The room has gorgeous décor, super fun wall paper and is filled with greenery. With a long bar across the back wall Panama Dining room is filled with character and instantly tells your community that this won’t be your average memorial or funeral service.

Each of these venues has something unique and different to offer families and your guests.

Ultimately our goal is to support families to choose a space that represents thier person and will have resonance with the people who are there to say goodbye.

Local sporting clubs, community halls, golf clubs, surf clubs and scout halls are all wonderful and affordable options.

And never underestimate how special a ceremony at home in the back garden, the persons own space, can be; it honestly just feels different and is incredibly healing.

At Picaluna, we understand the importance of creating personalised, and non-traditional, funeral services. Each of these beautiful funeral and memorial locations in Inner Melbourne are just a glimpse of the options available to you. As you navigate through this overwhelming time, we understand that there are so many decisions in front of you and we know how daunting this can be.

Our funeral celebrants also act as funeral directors, supporting you to find the perfect funeral venue for you and a separate wake location if that is your wish. They are by your side every step of the way guiding you through options around orders of service, music options, live streaming the funeral ceremony to accommodate those unable to attend in person and to help you work through all the little details that you likely have never even thought about before.

Organizing a funeral or memorial service is a big task and we understand that it is not something people have to do very often.

Our funeral celebrants and funeral directors are deeply passionate about supporting families to create the right celebration of their loved one. They provide the same care, gentle direction and freedom of choice to you as they would want for their own family.

There are endless interesting funeral venue options in Inner Melbourne that can truly celebrate the life of your loved one in all of their uniqueness. 

We encourage you to take the time to consider the persons passions, interests and personality as you make the funeral venue choice. By embracing non-traditional funeral services and exploring different locations, you can create a memorable and heartfelt farewell that will resonate with everyone who attends, leaving a lasting tribute and helping everyone who attends to start their path with grief with some comfort and healing.

Remember, we are here to support you during this challenging time, providing compassionate guidance as you plan a celebration of life that truly reflects the essence of the person you have lost.

If this feels like the type of memorial or funeral service that you are seeking to create please reach out, our team of amazing funeral directors and funeral celebrants would be honoured to assist you.

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