The capital city of Australia, Canberra has a population of nearly 400,000 people. Located in the north of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Canberra is Australia’s largest inland city.
There are several funeral directors in Canberra serving local communities in their time of need. Thanks to the capital’s high proportion of residents born overseas (around 29 per cent), funeral directors may have experience organising funeral services in line with a range of cultural and religious traditions. British and Chinese communities, as well as those from New Zealand, India and Vietnam, are among the nationalities represented in Canberra’s population.
According to the most recent data, around 44 per cent of Canberrans identify as Christian, most commonly Catholic and Anglican. Funeral directors in Canberra are likely to have significant links to local Christian churches, as well as experience in organising secular funerals, as almost a third of residents identified as having no religious affiliation.
Canberra is served by several burial grounds around the city. The ACT Public Cemeteries Authority is responsible for the management of three cemeteries. Gungahlin Cemetery is located to the north of Canberra near Franklin. The beautifully landscaped grounds have dedicated sections for Muslim and Jewish burials, as well as a natural burial area, an Aboriginal Lawn, a children’s garden, and the Baby Rose Garden, in memory of babies lost through miscarriage. The small, rural Hall Cemetery, located near the northern border with New South Wales, has denominational areas for Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Jewish and Presbyterian burials. Woden Cemetery is to the south of the city, near Canberra Hospital, and has a recently-extended mausoleum.
For cremation services, Norwood Park Crematorium can be found to the north, near Gungahlin Cemetery. A range of cremation memorial options are also available to commemorate a loved one within the Park’s landscaped grounds.
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