Hi Suzanne

Dad's funeral was a beautiful service. I honestly cannot thank you all highly enough. 

Suzanne - From the moment I spoke to you on the phone, I knew we would be well looked after. You were kind, caring and explained the process very well. I am amazed that the funeral was organised with one visit and a couple of emails. You made our life so much easier; never underestimate the difference you make in peoples lives.

Yvette - That booklet! There were so many comments at the funeral that there could not have been a better booklet for Dad! It was absolutely perfect and so much better than I ever could have imagined. People asked for extra booklets after the service to give to other people - they were so impressed by your work and how you could honour someone's life so amazingly!

Shaun - What a beautiful company you run! You had such a calming presence on the day, your professionalism and kindness was very much appreciated! The day was seamless and perfect - thank you.

Shaun Hamilton Funerals came very highly recommended by everyone I spoke to - I now know why. You took the sting out of a very tough time.

Thank you for helping us honour Dad in such a beautiful way.

Kind regards,
Jenny 

Dear Shaun, Suzanne, Yvette, Peter, Dudley and Darryl,

On behalf of my mother, Heather Farrell, my sister, Jennifer Eggins, and the extended family, I would like to express our heart-felt thanks to each of you for all of your support and expertise as you guided us through the funeral process for our late sister and aunt, Betty Jean Ballantine.

Thank you for your kindness, compassion and helpfulness during this very sad time. Thank you especially to Suzanne and Yvette for being so patient and understanding with the many phone calls, emails and enquiries - most of which came from the other side of the family.

On the day of the funeral, Shaun, Peter, Dudley and Darryl were so professional, kind, respectful and dignified. Everything ran so smoothly and, whilst the occasion was sad, it was a lovely tribute and send off for Jean.

Thank you so much to which ever kind gentleman, after the burial, took some flowers to our car for us, unlocked the car and when we arrived, helped me with my seatbelt. I was emotionally exhausted by then and those little things meant so much. My husband, Andrew, was very impressed also with his kindness and thoughtfulness.

Many thanks again to you all

Kind Regards,
Linda Brice

Shaun, Jenny, Jeremy, Dudley, Donna, Yvette

Thank you all so much for looking after Mum.

Shaun having a local business rather than a faceless corporate was extremely comforting for our family. You provide a service that is very much appreciated.

Jenny, thank you for your organisation skills. Jeremy and Dudley for your care in transporting Barb. Donna, for the beautiful job on Mum's makeup and dressing her. Yvette, for being an excellent designer and calmly making the many changes.

Scott Hyams

Dear Shaun Hamilton Funerals,

This note has been a long, long time coming, however I could not let what I have to say below, go unsaid.

We chose you people to carry out the funeral for my late husband Reginald Hoare as I was impressed from the very first contact I had by phone and then the quick response by mail with what was required from me for a Funeral Service to be taken by yourselves.

When Peter and Shaun came to take my Reg to the Funeral Home, I was once again impressed with their appearance the moment I opened the door. Their dress was immaculate and they both looked very professional, but also, were very caring and kind. They handled my Reg with such gentleness and reverence just as though Reg was their own family member.

This being a very difficult time for me, I just sat and watched with a very sad and grieving heart as both these men went about preparing to take my husband to where he would be, with you for the next two weeks. I felt so much gratitude and thankfulness for the very caring way they went about doing what had to be done.

We had to wait for two weeks before we could have the Funeral so as to be able to have Peter Howe from Armidale take the Funeral Service, which is what my son and I really wanted. Both yourselves and Peter Howe were just so kind, thoughtful and accommodating in allowing it to be this way. Will be forever grateful.

I had asked if we could have the service recorded, but the receptionist said unfortunately they did not have what was required to be able to record the service. May I add here I’m not really sure of this dear ladies name, however I will never forget her kindness, thoughtfulness and care.

We had a viewing of Reg the day before the Funeral, when this dear lady came and said that what had been required to be able to record the service, they had acquired and that the Funeral service would now be able to be recorded for us. I might add this lady seemed so happy to be able to give my son and I this news. I broke down in tears because of what had been done for us, and now we would have the audio we so much desired, and to top that off she gave me the biggest, warmest, sincerest hug. I am just so very sorry I cannot recall her name, but this dear lady I’m sure will recall the happenings I have described on that day, and I feel sure she will accept my sincere apology.

The Funeral was a beautiful Funeral (if you can call a Funeral beautiful). Had a number of people come and say the same thing to me, and they had taken note of those who had brought it all to pass, Shaun Hamilton Funerals, and Peter Howe, the Celebrant.

I send this with a very sincere and grateful heart. It will be etched in my memory always.

Thank you to all who had a part in Reg’s Funeral Service that 16th Day of October 2019, as well as all whom had a part in the “behind the scene” work, that would need to be carried out to bring it all together.

Thank You All sincerely
Val Hoare

My Dear Shaun

Today was the first time I was able to open your Funeral Book. As I started to read each page, I was overcome with love, compassion and a sense of comfort.

I wish to congratulate you and your staff for assembling such a wonderful collection of verses, page layouts and the personal touches mentioned in the book.

Terry's funeral was so touching. Everything was so perfect, even the music played made me feel Terry was sitting beside me tapping his foot with a big smile on his face. He loved Willie Nelson's "On the road again" it always brought trucking memories of his lifetime on the road. At the end of the service, listening to Tom Jones with "Green Green Grass of Home" it always reminded him of his parents and his boyhood living in the Pilliga Scrub. How happy I was to hear these songs again... just for him.

Shaun, I thank you so much for making that day so beautiful. I miss Terry and always will, we had nearly 70 years together, a lifetime of love and quarrels and I would do it all over again. You have given me peace and contentment knowing Terry was well looked after, treated with care, love and respect, for this I truly thank you.

I had been meaning to write to you earlier than this, firstly allowing me the extra day while my finances came to maturity for your payment, that helped me no end. Second, for the service you provided was well below the cost that I thought would be much higher. Thirdly, you were my prince in shining armour coming at a time when I was floundering. Thank you.

I have arranged with Jodi (you met her, my daughter, carer) to engage your services for my funeral, knowing I will be well looked after. It won't be as big as Terry's (I'm shy), but unfortunately it will involve Kemps Creek, which means a few extra night's stay at Tamworth. So until that time, I send you my regards for a successful career, health and happiness I wish you. 

Sincerely,
Fay D. Redman

Dear Shaun

On behalf of Barbara John, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your outstanding effort in staging the graveside burial and then memorial service for our late father, David Phillip John OAM.

From the moment you attended our family home on the afternoon of Sunday, April 9, 2017, the day of David's death, until the finish of the memorial service on April 21, you conducted yourself with great compassion and kindness, and provided an extremely professional service.

We would also like to thank the various members of your team for the endeavours.

Thank you, Shaun.

Yours sincerely,
Libby Khan, Steve John, Andrew John, Phil John and families.

Dear Shaun

We are writing to express our appreciation for the professional manner in which you took care of the funeral arrangements for Maxwell Robertson of Duri.

We were impressed with every aspect of the service provided by you and your staff, from the initial contact, to the pick-up of the body, visit to our home and delivery of the funeral service on Friday.

In addition, the compassion extended to Max’s family and friends was inspiring.

Max’s every wish was granted, he was treated with dignity and respect, and his funeral service was a fitting tribute to a very fine man, thanks to the celebrant, Suzanne O’Keeffe.

We loved the words she put together so skilfully… and delivered with sensitivity and caring.

At such a sad time, it was such a relief to know that we were in the safe hands of trusted professionals.

On behalf of the Robertson family, we extend our grateful thanks for everything you and your staff did to give Max a dignified passage from this life.

Kind regards
Neville and Annette Cross

Dear Shaun

Thank you for the expert way my mums service was conducted, in all aspects. Times such as this are all very trying but with your expert help, everything was taken care of in every way.

We can all be very proud to live in the Quirindi district and to have a funeral director like you to conduct the funeral.

Yours sincerely
Kay Barwick

Dear Shaun

Thank you for the excellent service that you provided for my mother, Olive Austin on Thursday 14th August 2014. Your professional, caring approach ensured that the process prior to, during and following the service was well organised and relatively stress free from my perspective as the “responsible” person charged with implementing my mother’s wishes.

Yours sincerely
Anne Jacob

Dear Shaun

I can’t really thank you enough for your help over the past week. We have been so amazed by your efforts in helping us farewell our mum with respect and dignity and love.

You are a very special man and we are grateful to you and your team for your dedication to helping us when we needed it most.

Kate Thompson and Family

Dear Shaun

Thank you for the support and advice you were able to make available to myself and the Newman family when you conducted the funeral and memorial service for Warren Newman.

Your meticulous preparation and attention to detail enabled the services to be conducted in the manner that Warren had requested.

Thank you also for being available to answer those “little queries” as they arose and at the time, seemed important.

It was gratifying for me to know that you were willing to advise on a choice when you could have given the most advantageous price wise for you. Thank you.

The reverence and dignity you were able to instil into the service and the lead up to it are most appreciated.

Please accept these comments as coming from the Newman’s as well as myself.

Yours sincerely
Euan Coutts

Dear Shaun

Thank you and your staff for attending Brian’s funeral in a caring and sympathetic manner.

With kind regards from Matthew & Family and myself.

Yours sincerely
Patricia Flett

What our families say

To Dear Shaun, Suzanne, Yvette and all the The Team
 

Just a note to say many thanks for an outstanding service at our Mother's Funeral, your professionalism and caring attitude was exemplary.
We couldn't have asked for a better team, to arranging the funeral, the booklet and on the day, it all went so well. Shaun, the hymn was so beautiful & Bill played beautifully and the livestreaming also.

Thank you all once again and kindest regards

Margaret Chamberlain on behalf of the Pyrke family, Nona, Jennifer, Bill & Judith
 

To the staff

I travelled from Brisbane with my mum, Carole (Casino) to attend her sister's viewing and funeral - Dorothy Coulton, Friday 25th August, Nazareth Chapel.

You were very understanding and respectful. Thank you for such a wonderful job, so well done.

Kind regards
Amanda

To Shaun,

Suzanne and all staff that cared for our much loved and greatly missed mother and grandmother and great grandmother,
Elsie May Milsom.

Thank you so much for your words of comfort and the care that you have shown towards Elsie and her family.

To Shaun, Suzanne & Team

Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the professional service provided to us during a difficult time following the loss of our husband and dad, James (Jim) McCormack.

From the moment the team took dad into care in the early hours of Monday 18th September, we were comforted by the respectful, caring and dignified support and service provided to our family.

Shaun, we would also like to thank you for extending your service to sing two solo's at dad's Requiem Mass and again the family very much appreciated this special gesture.

Our sincerest thanks
Angela, Frank, Andrew, Anna & Celia

Dear Shaun and Staff

Please accept our utmost admiration for the kindness and professionalism shown by yourself and staff during the recent sad passing of our beloved Lynne.
We would particularly make note of the excellent Order of Service prepared by your Graphics staff and it gave us great satisfaction to distribute the spare copies to those interstate and far away who could not attend on the day.

Kind regards
John, Matthew and Rebecca Black

We recently held an end of life celebration for our Mum at Acacia Function Centre in association with Shaun Hamilton Funerals. Shaun and his team were wonderful in assisting my sisters and I, in planning the best possible send off for our Mum.

The service in its entirety was held at the Acacia Function Centre located within the grounds of the Savannah Park Motor Inn, cnr Burgmanns Lane & Goonoo Goonoo Road, Tamworth NSW.

Amy Crocker was very obliging, and provided an excellent selection of food and beverages in a well appointed air conditioned comfortable versatile space. The service was impeccable and we would highly recommend this venue for any gatherings.

We found on site accommodation very handy for people who needed to travel for the occasion.

Mari-Anne Wells

To Shaun & Staff

Thank you for supporting us and the care given to Bruce in his passing.
Thanks also to Peter for his lovely sermon.

Kind regards
Jill Carmichael & family

Dear Shaun, Suzanne, Peter, Shaun and staff

On behalf of my family, thank you for your care of my mother, Joyce Gornall.
We appreciated you all during our time of grief. 

With best wishes
Amanda Hart

Dear Shaun & all staff at Shaun Hamilton Funerals

Our sincere & heartfelt thanks for your love, compassion & professionalism whilst looking after us at the time of Wally's passing. It certainly helped us during this time. You made everything possible at a terrible time (Covid) and for this we will be eternally grateful.

Blessings to you all - you are very special people. 

Carmel, Linda, Troy, Dale, Kylie, Gavin and their families

Dear Shaun & Staff

Thank you for everything you and your team did to help us prepare and get through Barry's funeral service. It was a comfort knowing you were on top of everything at such a difficult time for us. We were so pleased with how everything came together and felt it was a fitting tribute to Barry.

Your kindness and compassion was greatly appreciated by me and the Golland family.

Thank you also for the lovely return thanks cards. We have received many compliments on them from family and friends.

Sincerely, 
Judy Golland & Family

Dear Shaun & Staff

Thank you very much for the campassion & support you showed to me and family during the recent passing of my father, Trevor Tongue.
We felt at ease with the process.

Tamara was amazing and we were thrilled with the service booklets.

Warm regards, 
Emma & Tom Armytage

To Dear Shaun, Suzanne and Staff

As a family we would like to thank you sincerely for the most beautiful Funeral Service and taking part in the Requiem Mass for our father, Colin John Pyrke.

We were very grateful for all your assistance prior to and on the day of Dad's funeral.

It gave us peace of mind with your caring nature of dealing with the funeral. You all conducted yourselves with such professionalism and dignity.

Thank you Shaun for your beautiful rendition of Panis Angelicus. Thanks also to Bill Gleeson for playing the organ beautifully and to Rentfast for the livestreaming. Also the beautiful booklet by the Graphics Staff.

Yours Sincerely
Margaret Chamberlain on behalf of Nona, Jennifer, Bill & Judith

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