Beautifully better funerals

Mid North Coast NSW Funeral Directors

Picaluna Funerals is now on the Mid North Coast of NSW. From the mountain tops to the ocean, from Coffs Harbour to Forster, Barrington Tops, Port Macquarie and all areas of the Mid North Coast.

At Picaluna we believe in honouring loved ones in the environment they felt connected to, where they thrived, and where they were at their happiest.

Funerals and farewells can be whatever you want them to be. Since their formation in 2016, Picaluna’s ethos has been to think laterally, and creatively, as we plan beautiful funerals.

As locally based Funeral Directors and Funeral Celebrants, we accompany our families with the level of authenticity, care, and compassion they so deserve during such a difficult time.

There is a growing preference to seek various and unique locations to hold a meaningful ceremony. The Mid North Coast area holds many locations that can keep a celebration of a person’s life, close to home.

From surf clubs, unique chapels, bowling clubs, outdoor venues, function centres, even under the shade of a big tree at home, at Picaluna we will strive alongside your family to create a funeral that endeavours to make it happen in a way that truly represents your loved one.

Whether you want to hold a home vigil, scattering of ashes, or memorial service, or even hold your farewell over different dates and times, there are many ways to say goodbye.

Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Worimi, Biripi and Gumbaynggirr people. We pay our respects to Aboriginal Elders who hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia. We want to thank them for preserving this beautiful land.

We work with you

Picaluna’s team of funeral directors and funeral celebrants offer a wealth of experience and expertise to guide you in the creation of an appropriate funeral ceremony. Being a different style of Port Macquarie funeral home, we pride ourselves on our personal approach – we’re all about providing you with the right information and appropriate support to honour your person. We work in our communities and alongside end-of-life consultants, death doulas and palliative support workers to provide a continuity of care when you need it most.

What happens now?

It starts with a call

You can call our Picaluna team at any time to discuss your particular situation, and start the funeral planning process.

Brought into our care

Acting with compassion, care and respect, we make all the arrangements to transfer the deceased person into our care.

We meet with you

Our funeral arranger meets with you to help and guide you in creating a funeral that is meaningful, personal and within your budget.

Everything is organised

We carefully organise and
professionally deliver a personalised funeral – one that’s totally aligned with your wishes and feels authentic to the memory of your loved one.

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A little about us

Change

Picaluna is changing the way funerals are done for the better. It’s a change that needed to happen. More personal. 
More compassionate. And importantly, more affordable.

Community

Picaluna is about community. Walking alongside the bereaved in their most significant time of need, is at the heart of what we do. We’re there for you, guiding, listening and assisting with whatever is needed to create the most meaningful funeral possible.

Giving back

We believe in giving back.
Picaluna donates 5% of our service fee to your choice from one of our Picaluna Charity partners.

Be inspired - do it your way

At Picaluna, we believe in creating truly unique and personalised farewells. We’re a different kind of funeral home in Forster. We work together with families to create life celebrations or personal funerals that take place in meaningful locations. Whether this is your church, your backyard, a surf club, golf club or crematorium chapel. Picaluna funeral directors take the time to guide you through the funeral planning; to help inspire you in creating a beautiful farewell for your special person.

What does a funeral cost?

Picaluna does things a little differently to traditional Coffs Harbour funeral homes; we see our role is to assist and empower families to create meaningful and authentic farewells that are aligned with their values… and at an affordable price. We are completely transparent with our pricing, sourcing everything at cost and applying a 35% Service fee to the wholesale cost of the funeral.

Picaluna believes in 100% price transparency, so we do things a little differently. 

We see our role as being to assist and empower families to create meaningful and authentic farewells that are aligned with their values. We are completely transparent with our pricing, sourcing everything at wholesale price and applying a 35% Service fee to the wholesale cost of the funeral. Furthermore, we donate 5% of our profit to a charity of your choice.

Direct Cremation

Prices & Information as at June 2024
(all prices are including GST)

All the prices in this document are just a guide. Your personalised funeral may have products and services that differ from those highlighted. Rates may vary, depending upon the respective suppliers used on the funeral. If you would like a more accurate quote for your circumstance, please get in touch with us.

A Direct Cremation is a no service, no attendance cremation of the deceased, with the ashes delivered to the family following the cremation taking place. The family often use the ashes at a later date in a memorial ceremony for the deceased.

Transfer  – $390.00

Transfer is the transferring of the deceased from the place of death to the crematorium. This price is for a weekday transfer; weekend rates apply for transfers on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Funeral Arranging –  $528.00

Funeral arranging entails organising the transfer, meeting with the family to complete documentation, coordinating with external suppliers, registering the death with The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, delivering the ashes back to the family..

Coffin  – $150.00

Basic cardboard or MDF cremation coffin is a legal requirement in NSW.

Cremation Certificates –  $330.00

There are two cremation certificates – the Cremation Risk Advice, and the Medical Referee’s Cremation Permit..

Death Certificate –  $71.50

As issued by The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

Cremation Fee  – $545.00

Paid to the crematorium for the cremation.

Sub-Total  – $2,014.50

Picaluna Service Fee 35%  – $705.08

Picaluna sources everything for you at wholesale rates, then applies a 35% Service Fee to the wholesale cost of the funeral.

Total including GST –  $2,719.58

Cremation with a Funeral Service

Prices & Information as at June 2024

All the prices in this document are just a guide. Your personalised funeral may have products and services that differ from those highlighted. Rates may vary, depending upon the respective suppliers used on the funeral. If you would like a more accurate quote for your circumstance, please get in touch with us.

A Cremation with a service, can either have the coffin present with the cremation taking place following the funeral service, or, the cremation can take place first, followed by a memorial service at a later date. With both options, the ashes are delivered to the family following the cremation taking place.

Transfer – $354.55

Transfer is the transferring of the deceased from the place of death to the mortuary. This price is for a weekday transfer; weekend rates apply for transfers on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Mortuary Care – $381.82

Mortuary care includes flat storage fee of $200, preparation of the deceased starting from $168.18, and a coffin name plate at $13.64. The deceased’s stay at the mortuary can vary from one night, through to many weeks, depending upon the individual circumstance.

Funeral Arranging –  $1,240.00

Funeral arranging entails organising the transfer, meeting with the family to complete documentation, coordinating with external suppliers, registering the death with The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, conducting the funeral on the day, delivering the ashes back to the family.

Celebrant  – $900.00

A professional celebrant is an integral part of the funeral process. They will meet the family, learn the story of the deceased, their life and loves; then craft a personalised funeral ceremony, delivered on the day. This typically takes 10-12 hours’ work. This helps the family and the community to honour and celebrate their person, mourn their death so they can heal and rejuvenate.

Coffin  – $359.00

Price for a Richmond standard MDF coffin; prices vary depending on choice of make and model, starting from $160 for a Daisy Box, environmentally friendly cardboard coffin.

Hearse – $522.73

Your choice of a range of hearses from vintage Mercedes to modern models.

Cremation Certificates  – $300.00

There are two cremation certificates – the Cremation Risk Advice, and the Medical Referee’s Cremation Permit..

Death Certificate  – $60.00

As issued by The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

Funeral Service Venue cost  – $500.00

This cost is the minimum that one could expect to pay for a Service Venue. Service Venues can vary greatly, from a Surf Club, a Community Centre, a Park, a Family home, a place of worship, through to a Crematorium chapel.

Funeral Staff – $150.00

Funeral staff numbers on the day, vary depending on the needs of the venue, as well as forecast attendance. Price is for one staff member for 2 hours.

Cremation Fee – $495.45

Paid to the crematorium for the cremation.

Sub-Total – $5,253.55

Picaluna Service Fee 35%  – $1,838.74

Picaluna sources everything for you at wholesale rates, then applies a 35% Service Fee to the wholesale cost of the funeral.

Sub-Total – $7,092.29
GST – $709.23
Total including GST – $7,801.52

Burial with a Funeral Service

Prices & Information as at June 2024

All the prices in this document are just a guide. Your personalised funeral may have products and services that differ from those highlighted. Rates may vary, depending upon the respective suppliers used on the funeral. If you would like a more accurate quote for your circumstance, please get in touch with us.

A Burial with a service, can be a funeral service followed by the burial graveside service, or, the graveside service can take place first, followed by a memorial service at a later date.

Transfer – $354.55

Transfer is the transferring of the deceased from the place of death to the mortuary. This price is for a weekday transfer; weekend rates apply for transfers on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Mortuary Care – $381.82

Mortuary care includes flat storage fee of $200, preparation of the deceased starting from $168.18, and a coffin name plate at $13.64. The deceased’s stay at the mortuary can vary from one night, through to many weeks, depending upon the individual circumstance.

Funeral Arranging  – $1,240.00

Funeral arranging entails organising the transfer, meeting with the family to complete documentation, coordinating with external suppliers, registering the death with The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, and conducting the funeral on the day.

Celebrant  – $900.00

A professional celebrant is an integral part of the funeral process. They will meet the family, learn the story of the deceased, their life and loves; then craft a personalised funeral ceremony, delivered on the day. This typically takes 10-12 hours’ work. This helps the family and the community to honour and celebrate their person, mourn their death so they can heal and rejuvenate.

Coffin  – $359.00

Price for a Richmond standard MDF coffin; prices vary depending on choice of make and model, starting from $160 for a Daisy Box, environmentally friendly cardboard coffin..

Hearse  – $522.73

Your choice of a range of hearses from vintage Mercedes to modern models.

Death Certificate  – $60.00

As issued by The Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

Funeral Service Venue cost  – $500.00

This cost is the minimum one could expect to pay for a Service Venue. Service Venues can vary greatly, from a Surf Club, a Community Centre, a Park, a Family home, a place of worship, through to a Crematorium chapel.

Funeral Staff  – $140.00

Funeral staff numbers on the day, vary depending on the needs of the venue, as well as forecast attendance. Price is for one staff member for 2 hours.

Sub-Total – $4,458.10
Picaluna Service Fee 35% – $1,560.34

Picaluna sources everything for you at wholesale rates, then applies a 35% Service Fee to the wholesale cost of the funeral.

Sub-Total – $6,018.44
GST – $601.84
Total including GST – $6,620.28

We believe in giving back

We donate 5% of our profit to your choice from one of our Picaluna Charity partners.

We have donated in excess of $105,000 to well over 160 different charities, since our launch in October, 2016.

Assisting you to find the most fitting venue for your ceremonial needs

Picaluna is about choice, time, flexibility, and honouring people in an authentic and personal way. An appropriate venue choice could be anywhere from a place of worship, a local crematorium or cemetery chapel, to perhaps conducting a non-traditional funeral service at a favourite surf or golf club, or even having the funeral at the family home.

Picaluna Funerals Forster, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Surrounds. From the mountain tops to the ocean, from Coffs Harbour to Forster and out to Barrington Tops and all areas of The Mid North Coast.

In addition to working closely with all our local churches, chapels/crematoriums and cemeteries, Picaluna is experienced at delivering unique, authentic and bespoke services.

At Picaluna we believe in honouring loved ones in the environment they felt connected to, where they thrived, and where they were at their happiest.

Funerals and farewells can be whatever you want them to be. Since their formation in 2016, Picaluna’s ethos has been to think laterally, and creatively, as we plan beautiful funerals.

There is a growing preference to seek various and unique locations to hold a meaningful ceremony. The Mid North Coast holds many locations that can keep a celebration of a person’s life, close to home.

From surf clubs, unique chapels, bowling clubs, outdoor venues, function centres, even under the shade of a big tree at home, at Picaluna we will strive alongside your family to create a funeral that endeavours to make it happen in a way that truly represents your loved one.

Whether you want to hold a home vigil, scattering of ashes, or memorial service, or even hold your farewell over different dates and times, there are many ways to say goodbye.

Whether you want to hold a paddle out, scattering of ashes, or memorial service, or even hold your farewell over different dates and times, there are many ways to say goodbye.

Picaluna continues to uphold the importance of being honest with families, transparent with their pricing, and giving back by donating 5% of our service fee to a Picaluna charity partner of your choice.

When choosing the right venue option for a funeral service or memorial ceremony, there are many elements to consider when creating the style of ceremony you would like that would work best for your chosen venue.

What is the capacity of the venue?

Will there be rituals that need to take place outside? (E.g. smoking ceremony before entering a space, burning notes or planting a tree..)

How will the music be played?

What area will form the backdrop to the ceremony?

Will slideshows be part of the ceremony or wake or both?

Will the space be connected to nature?

Will there be tributes involving candles, coffin decoration or live music?

Will the location be a part of religious services?

Will there be catering or refreshments for attendees?

What is the access like to the ceremony location?  (E.g. is there wheelchair access required?)

Is there sufficient parking?

Is the location easy to find

Picaluna works with an extensive number of premium and unique Venues across the Mid North Coast.

Our experienced Picaluna funeral arrangers can assist you in finding, booking and working with the right venue for your needs.

Funeral live streaming

The livestreaming of a funeral ceremony brings family and friends together no matter how far apart they are. Picaluna provides sophisticated multi-camera options for livestreaming and webcasting. Whether in a traditional funeral home in on the Mid North Coast or a backyard, it can take place in almost any location. A high-quality recording is also available for download following the ceremony as a special reminder of the day.

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18 January 2024

Shelly was an absolute angel in disguise! From the get go right through to the end of farewelling our loved one. She is one of the most gentle and caring people I have ever met and really went above and beyond in comforting us throughout the whole daunting journey. Heartfelt thank you Shelly!

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15 January 2024

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12 January 2024

Rachel Bracken was amazing. She went above & beyond with so much heartfelt sympathy & empathy for the family for my Mother in laws' funeral. Nothing was any trouble for her. She is so easy to talk to, it feels like we had known her for ages. I would thoroughly recommend her for any event.

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I could not have asked for anyone better than Alexandra Kirk and Picaluna to arrange the Farewell to my wife. I had great hopes of the setting and the format of the ceremony, both of which were challenging. My hopes were realised and expectations exceeded. We live streamed the event for the benefit of family and friends in the UK. This was very successful. Alexandra brought a sympathetic, understanding and comforting personality to her role as celebrant which was appreciated by all in attendance. My words are insufficient to express my gratitude. Thank you Alexandra.

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15 December 2023

Kate brought warmth, compassion and a personal touch to the recent celebration of my mum’s life. I was so grateful for her guidance, thank you Kate.

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Chak Mak
14 December 2023

Melissa and Picaluna arranged the cremation of our loved one and guided us through the process with great care, patience and compassion, especially as we had no experience beforehand. We are very grateful for their help and support.