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Personal Tributes — Enhancing the Service of Your Loved One

At Fry Bros, we understand that personalised tributes can compliment and enhance the Funeral Service for your loved one.

Tributes can help provide a meaningful component where sometimes words are not enough. They may assist families to come together as they grieve and honour the person they have lost.

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Order of Service Booklets

A Service Booklet, also known as an Order of Service or Program, is a booklet outlining the proceedings of the Service and often becomes a cherished keepsake, for friends and family members to take home.

The Order of Service Booklet can be very simple, or detailed. The team at Fry Bros can personalise each Order of Service Booklet to be a reflection of your loved one. The Service Booklets are designed using special themes, colours, hobbies and interests that were important to the deceased.

The Order of Service Booklets are produced in consultation with the family as well as the Celebrant or Minister and provide the opportunity for you to include photos of your loved one along with any special poems, quotes, thank you messages of support and an invitation to the after service refreshments.
Tributes can help provide a meaningful component where sometimes words are not enough. They may assist families to come together as they grieve and honour the person they have lost.

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The Service Booklet Can Be Personalised by Including:

  • Photos - these could be recent or from younger years, or a combination of both, such as a wedding photo, treasured family photo, or with a muchloved family pet
  • The words of songs or hymns to be sung during the Service
  • Anecdotes or a quote that your loved one used to say
  • A meaningful poem or passage of scripture
  • A photograph of a favourite place, the family home or significant image that may be used as a watermark

Floral Tributes

Floral tributes are a personal and beautiful way to honour your loved one. Your Funeral Arranger can help you select flowers and colours that hold special meaning for your loved one, or flowers that express your love.

All arrangements are personally created and can be individually tailored to suit your needs

As well as full covers or a tie of flowers for the coffin, our florist can arrange pedestal arrangements for the Service venue, as well as single flowers and baskets of flower petals. Please visit the Fry Bros website to view examples.

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Bookmarks & Thankyou Memorial Cards

You may wish to consider having Bookmarks or Memorial Cards in addition to and/or instead of having an Order of Service Booklets. The bookmarks could be handed out at the Service, or at the after service refreshments. Thankyou Memorial Cards provide a personalised way to send a thoughtful message to those you wish to thank.

Memorial Display

A Memorial Display may be set up to display your loved one’s favourite photos and special items that hold significant meaning. You may choose to have these displayed at the viewing, during the funeral service, or afterwards at the after service refreshments.

‘Life in Pictures’ Photo Slideshow

Photos play an important role in modern day life, capturing those special life events, family milestones and happy times. Families often express an interest in creating a Life in Pictures Slideshow to celebrate the life of their loved one. These presentations are welcome at most funeral venues and can be played at the Funeral Service or at the after service refreshment venue.

Putting together a slideshow can help family members to feel a part of the Service and can also aid in the grieving process.

If you would like to include a Life in Pictures Slideshow within the Service, please speak with your Funeral Arranger who can assist you with the technical requirements. You can also download the Life in Pictures guide for families. Click here to download.

Fry Bros are happy to assist in the preparation of the slideshow. We require a minimum of two days notice or alternatively families are welcome to prepare the slideshow themselves.

We strongly advise testing the slideshow at least 24 hours before the Service on the equipment that will be used at the Funeral Service. This ensures that the slideshow is in the correct format, ready to be shown on the day.

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Recording the Service

An audio visual recording of your loved one’s Service can be organised in some venues.

The digital recording is saved to a USB and is a beautiful keepsake for your family. The recorded service is invaluable for those unable to attend the Service.

A professional Videographer can also be hired for other locations. Please speak with your Funeral Arranger for further details.


There may be a family member or close friend willing to participate by providing some live music either before or during the Service.

Alternatively Fry Bros can also assist with organising a professional soloist or musician.

Memorial Tree

A Memorial Tree can be made available at your loved one’s Service. Attendees are invited to share special memories or write messages on cards and then hang them on the Memorial Tree. After the Service, these cards are given to the family as a special keepsake.


A bagpiper playing at a funeral service is an especially fitting tribute for a loved one with strong Celtic ties.

If you wish to include a piper within the Service, please speak with your Funeral Arranger who will be happy to organise this on your behalf.

The piper will telephone you to discuss your music choice and requirements for the service. Pipers attend the service in full Scottish regalia.

Dove Release

Dove releases are available all year round, and can be organised through your Funeral Arranger. Instructions are given by the Dove Handler for families wishing to hand release the doves.

Balloon Release

Fry Bros can supply markers for attendees to write a special message on the balloons before their release. Please note that in NSW there is a balloon release limit of 19 balloons.

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Mourning Car

Families may require transportation to and from the Service venue. Please speak with your Funeral Arranger who can organise suitable vehicles for your family.

After Service Refreshments

Bringing family and friends together at times of celebration and loss is a natural, and sometimes expected social practice.

After the Funeral Service you may wish to continue with honouring your loved one in a more relaxed atmosphere where stories and memories can be freely shared and expressed. This could be in a public venue, function room, or at a private residence.

There are many options within the local area, such as RSL/Bowling Clubs, Sports & Recreation Clubs, cafes, restaurants and function centres. There are many halls and community centres operated by local councils that can also be hired.

Many Churches also have private facilities where you can gather. Enquiries can be made with the Minister or Bereavement Team.

Some catering companies can also assist for at home catering or within a public space.

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Honouring Your Loved One

97 New England Highway
Maitland (Rutherford), NSW 2320

61 Port Stephens Street
Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324

Acknowledgement of Country

We are in the country of the Worimi, Gamilleroi, Wonnarua, Gweagal, Darkinjung, Biripi and Awabakal peoples.
Fry Bros respectfully acknowledge their Elders, celebrate their continuing culture and the living memory of their ancestors.