Brisbane Funeral Directors

We’ll help you craft a meaningful heartfelt unique personal special farewell.

There’s no right or wrong way, only your way. We’ve helped thousands of Queensland families like yours say ‘goodbye’.

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Burial Service

Planning a funeral can be difficult during a time of great sadness. Academy Funerals are here to guide and assist you.

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Cremation Service

A dignified yet cost-effective way of honouring your dearly departed loved one, cremation services can can be more flexible and unique.

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Unattended Cremation

An unattended cremation, sometimes called a direct cremation, is a cremation with no actual funeral. Our team will handle everything.

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Memorial Service

A Memorial is typically the same as a funeral service however, the coffin and the person who has died is not physically at the location of the service.

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Live Stream Service

The recent global pandemic and improvements in technology have changed the way in which we can attend funeral services.

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Child’s Funeral

Whilst many legal and practical responsibilities are the same, there is a component of care that is unique to a young person’s funeral.

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Loved One’s Viewing

Viewing a loved one who has recently passed is a very personal experience and we are hear to help support and guide you.

100% Australian & Family Owned since 1998

There are many good funeral companies you can choose available in Queensland, however, at Academy Funerals, we believe that there is an element of funeral directing that not all funeral companies, nor directors have. As a family-owned company, we approach your care as if a member of our own family and it is in our care of you that we differ.

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AMAZING SERVICE. INCORPORATED A NORMAL SERVICE WITH A POPPY SERVICE WITH LAST POST. ASHLEY AND HIS TEAM HE PICKED WERE VERY CARING AND ALWAYS VERY QUICK TO HAVE THINGS ORGANISED. I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND YOU GUYS I COULDNT BE MORE THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID. HIGHLY RECCOMMEND
They all did a great job everything worked out good and a good price as well
Ashley and the team at Academy Funerals have helped our family now twice in the past 12 months. We wanted private cremations and simple Memorial Services that we could conduct ourselves. Ashley guided us through the process each time, so we were able to have dignified yet affordable services, without all the excesses and hidden costs of so many larger funeral businesses. Academy Funerals are a beacon of hope where you can find a small caring and compassionate family company that will help you do things as you want, in a way that suits your family, and ensure the farewell to your loved one will be dignified and affordable.
I found Ashley and Robin extremely helpful and very professional in every step in this hard time. They both understand the stress and heartache you are going through. They looked after mum and presented her so well.It was also good to be able to support a local Australian company and not one of the big American ones that wanted to charge us double what Academy Funerals charged for the same service.Thank you team Brian
We were so happy with the care and service we received from Ashley and Academy Funerals. The viewing room was beautifully presented and peaceful, and perfect for seeing our loved one the way we had wished. Ashley was caring and a true gentleman whilst assisting me in dressing my father, and we really appreciated the sensitivity and professionalism from all aspects of our experience. Thank you!
Look no further. Highly commendable all round.When looking for a company that could carry out my Grandads service I had no-idea what I was looking for or where to start. With no prior funeral plans or arrangements, I was left with no other option but to google search ‘lawnton undertaker’ at my Grandad’s wish. I wished him to be close to his home of 50 years. It was meant to be.I was blessed to work alongside Robin who I cannot thank enough. No better fit. The level of calibre and devotion Robin displays in the particular choice of profession is rather exceeding.In the time my Grandad was in the care of Academy, I was able to process through my grievance by being able to spend time with my Grandad. Time/s, no limit. These moments to me were the ones I’ll cherish the most, so personal, so meaningful and I truly believe if any other funeral home I would not have received the care, compassion, kind, and empathetic people I would have in those heartbreaking moments of my life.From the very moment I had to make one of the hardest phone calls of my life, Robin understood where I was at, the vision I had, and together, with so many tiny little aspects, people and layers we all ended up creating the most wonderful celebration of my Grandad’s life.What a blessing for your service, Academy Funerals!Thank-you again, for helping me peacefully lay my Grandad to rest, the way he deserved. Forever grateful to have found your business in those times of need.
Academy funerals were wonderful. Couldn't fault them on anything and felt truly supported through the whole process.
Was beautiful and a very peaceful.
Such care and dignity given to our grandma thank you so very much
They made this process very easy for our family, went above and beyond to accommodate our schedules and you'll be hard pressed to find better service and the pricing won't leave you bankrupt.
We truly can’t thank Ashley and Robin enough for helping us navigate through the most difficult time of our father’s death.They were so incredibly professional, and so compassionate throughout. When I first made contact with Academy Funerals, I had absolutely no idea on what we were even looking for in a funeral, but Ashley answered every single one of my questions with grace and knowledge.Unfortunately, mum wasn’t in the country when dad died, but Academy Funerals was able to provide us with ample time for viewing him at no extra cost which gave mum so much peace of mind.Ashley hired the most perfect celebrant for dad, Peter McCarthy, and together, they were able to provide us with the absolute perfect sendoff that I am sure dad would have loved. Thank you for what you did for our family.
I cannot recommend the team at Academy Funerals highly enough. Ashley, Norma and Robin were extremely professional and compassionate. Every detail was explained and managed perfectly by them and they made navigating the difficult process seem straightforward. Dealing with a smaller independent funeral company and a team with their breadth of experience was a breath of fresh air in an industry where large corporations seem to dominate. My mother's send off was truly beautiful. Thank you so much!
Thank you Ashley and Robyn. Your service was caring, respectful and professional. You were able to support our family to honour our mother as she would have liked. In addition, you accommodated all our wishes within an extremely short timeframe.
A Beacon of Compassion and Excellence: My Experience with Academy FuneralsIn the darkest moments of my life, following the devastating loss of my husband, Roger, Academy Funerals, under the compassionate leadership of Ashley, emerged as a beacon of light and solace. The death of a loved one is an unbearable ordeal, but Ashley's empathetic approach and dedication significantly alleviated the burden of grief and the complexities of funeral planning.From our very first interaction, Ashley's caring and compassionate nature was evident. Understanding the depth of my distress, he took the extraordinary step of visiting my home, sparing me the difficulty of navigating this process in an unfamiliar environment. This gesture of kindness was the first of many that set Academy Funerals apart.Ashley's expertise and guidance were invaluable as he meticulously explained every necessary step, ensuring nothing was overlooked. He listened attentively, respecting my wishes to honour Roger's memory in a manner befitting the incredible person he was. His commitment to fulfilling my requests, no matter how challenging, was unwavering.One of the most poignant aspects of this journey was securing a grave site next to Roger's best friend, a testament to Ashley's determination and sensitivity. In a situation where hope seemed scarce, Ashley achieved what felt impossible, providing immense comfort in the knowledge that Roger would not be 'alone'.The delay in proceedings due to a Coronial Inquest could have compounded the grief, but Ashley's reassurance and constant availability were a source of strength. He ensured that, despite the wait, we could still have a viewing, allowing us to say goodbye in a manner that felt right.The care Ashley and his team showed during the dressing and the funeral service itself was nothing short of remarkable. Their guidance through the process was gentle, respectful, and deeply appreciated, making an indescribably painful moment bearable.Their flexibility and understanding extended to accommodating a global audience through live streaming, ensuring that all who loved Roger could partake in his final journey. The use of their equipment for the graveside service further exemplified their dedication to going above and beyond for the families they serve.In reflecting on this experience, it is clear that Academy Funerals, led by Ashley and supported by Robin and the entire team, stand as exemplars of genuine care, professionalism, and compassion. They navigated us through this heartrending time with grace and respect, for which my family and I are eternally grateful.Choosing Academy Funerals was the best decision I could have made during such a critical time. Their unwavering support and kindness have left an indelible mark on our hearts. Should the need ever arise again, my trust and confidence in their services are absolute; Ashley will be the first and only call I make. Their exceptional care has not only honoured Roger's memory but has also provided comfort and closure to all who loved him.Sherry Burke
I can’t thank Academy Funerals enough for their support with my grandfathers funeral. From my very first enquiry Robin was caring, compassionate, responsive and helpful. He made what would otherwise have been an overwhelming process very smooth. Robin listened to what we wanted and, step by step, helped piece it together. From recommending the perfect celebrant, to the personal touches that he suggested just by listening to us talk, as well as moving us easily through all of the administrative necessities that are not top of mind for families but just have to be done. Thank you Robin.
Our family and friends are overjoyed with the professionalism Ashley and his team at Academy Funerals has done for us during my mums recent passing. Their hospitality in ensuring we were always welcome and supported, and the fact that they had mum in their care for over a week, ensured we felt at peace that mum was looked after and respected.I highly recommend using Academy Funerals over the big funeral companies as we were treated like family, which meant a lot to us.Thank you, Academy Funerals, we will be recommending you to others who want a real family feel funeral.
Ashley and Robin from Academy Funerals were both professional and caring. They worked tirelessly and around the clock in order to prepare and organise my grandmothers funeral service just a week out from Christmas. Thank you both.
We cannot thank Ashley and Academy Funerals enough in helping us navigate the arrangement of the funeral for my beloved husband and a cherished father. He passed away in a very quick timeframe and during the Christmas period Ashley was there for us at every stage for guidance, comfort and suggestions for incorporating respect and acknowledgment of my husband’s Maori heritage. We were guided with compassion and experience through our private viewing and dressing of our beloveds body. Ashley gave us the perfect service to celebrate the life of the man we lost too soon.
The passing of our father is a difficult time, while also having to navigate the funeral process. We were introduced to Robin and Academy Funerals by our aunt who had referred them to other family and friends. They were all very pleased with the service they received. Robin was so understanding, accessible and most helpful throughout the whole funeral process. A huge thank you to Robin and would definitely recommend Academy Funerals.
Ashley is amazing. He was so accommodating and made Michael's funeral everything he would of wanted. I can not recommend them enough
I would like to thank Ashley and Robin for their exceptional service and help through this difficult time, they were available at almost all hours to help me, from funeral arrangements to technical issues, they were both amazing, I could not rate them higher. I would recommend Academy funerals to anyone who wishes for a respectful and well run funeral through the most difficult time of a persons life. Thank you.
At a time of great distress and emotional turmoil following the passing of a close friend, I was at a loss to know where to turn in order to make arrangements for his farewell. A friend recommended Academy Funerals and I was blessed to meet Ashley who steered me through the formalities and who provided emotional support. A sincere and caring soul. I was so impressed that i arranged my own Funeral arrangements with his help. God bless you and i'm eternally grateful to you Ashley
Unfortunately, we have had the pleasure of working with Ashley, and Academy funerals, farewelling 3 family members that have passed within the last two years.I have dealt with the big funeral companies and absolutely nothing compares to the personal touch that Ashley has provided, going that extra mile, being available 24/7, (yes, we did have to call after hours a couple of times) coming to our home as soon as possible after our initial call, to set our minds at ease, while he professionally navigated us through all the things involved with dealing with the death of a loved one, when our grief was so raw.Hopefully we won't have to farewell anyone else too soon, but at least , now we know who to call.Thank you, Monique Lawton.
Ashley was so professional and supportive at a time that was really hard for our family. He made the process much easier to navigate so that we could focus on the important things. Thank you Ashley for taking care of everything!
I would like to Thank Ashley, Family & Staff, For Helping make Mum's Celebration of Life, Meaningful, With the Love & Compassion Mum Deserved, I Can't Recommended Academy Funeral's Enough, I will Always Remember the Kindness that was shown By Them In Our Time Of Need. Thank You Academy Funerals.
Ashley and Katrina looked after my father in law in his sudden passing. With so much to sort out, they were an absolute godsend. I highly recommend them in such a sad time. Couldn’t ask for a more helpful couple to guide us through this time. Thanks.
I can not thank you enough for all the help and support. I have used this company personally and professionally and highly recommend them. They went out of there way to try and make the process easier. Despite being stuffed around on a few occcassion I never once heard them complain. They support and compassion I felt when I called distressed was amazing and I am so grateful 🙏 thank you again.
Thank you so much to Ashley and the team at Academy Funerals for all their help after the passing my father. I've never had to arrange a funeral before and Ashley helped me through the process, at all times showing compassion and kindness. Everything was done exactly how we asked and it was a perfect send off. Ashley and Robin made sure everything was dignified and handled in a way that eased my stress on the day and allowed me to focus on saying goodbye. I will always be grateful for the care and respect I was shown throughout the whole process, it made a difficult time a little easier to handle. Thank you.
We would like to thank Ashley and Katrina for their outstanding service and compassion during the sudden passing of our daughter nothing was to much trouble and we would highly recommend Academy Funerals
At a point in time when you unfortunately have to engage the services of a funeral director, i could not recommend more highly than Academy Funerals to assist in this difficult time.I was looking for a local family run business to help guide me. From the first contact with Ashley, i found him to be compassionate, professional, and very sincere. Unlong with his substantial knowledge of the industry, he was always in contact throughout the process and made it easy to navigate with everything that is needed when your emotions are down.I would like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for his help along the way.So thank you, Ashley and Academy Funerals.
Academy offer a respectful, resourceful and very capable offering for the price. It is a family owned enterprise and shows up in the attention to detail such as the follow-up on the finer details of arrangements. Thank-you Academy!
When we lost our Dad is was the first time as a family that we had to go through the funeral process. Not knowing what to do I turned to a Google search for the best funeral directors in Brisbane, after a couple of phone calls and upon speaking to Robin I knew exactly who I was choosing. There is nothing that Robin and Academy Funerals couldn't do to disappoint us, Robin was very professional and caring in every aspect of the process, he was always available for a phone call or a text message if he was busy.If anyone is looking for a funeral director in the Brisbane area, do yourself and your family a huge favour and go with Academy Funerals I guarantee you will not be disappointed.Thank you to Robin and the rest of your workforce for everything you did.From Adrian and family.
HiI would recommend academy funerals to anyone. I wanted something small and quick for my daughter. Thats exactly what we got. They took care of everything. No pressure was felt as they had control of everything. I was very thankful to Ashley and the team. I cannot thank them enough for everything they did for my daughter and my familySharon Hinds
During this very stressful time in our lives Academy Funerals, namely Ashley and Robin, were so supportive, helpful (24 / 7) and respectful to our family. Although the burden of our grief was so great during this time, everything Ashley did was aimed at assisting us to cope with our grief and to ensure that the funeral service was of a very high standard. I cannot speak too highly of the comfort and support provided to our family by Ashley, Academy Funerals. Thank you Ashley. P
Robin and the team at Academy Funerals provided a compassionate yet professional service during a very difficult time when my mother passed. They went above and beyond to ensure that every detail was taken care of and we felt supported throughout the entire process.Robin took the time to listen to our family’s needs and took the time to understand who my mother was and what made her special to her loved ones. He suggested the ideal location for the funeral, recommended an outstanding celebrant and florist and worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the funeral service was tailored to meet our needs.I highly recommend Academy Funerals for anyone in need of funeral services. Their compassionate and professional approach, combined with their attention to detail and personalised service, made a very sad day beautiful.
Academy have been amazing through the whole process with tanya.I recommend anyone to go through Ashley he is kind considerate and very helpful through the whole process.
We highly recommend Robin and his team. From the very first time we spoke on the phone Robin was so caring and compassionate and nothing was ever any trouble. They took such wonderful care of us and our little one.
Funerals are such a hard part of life.But when you come across a family owned and operated funeral business like "Academy Funerals" where you have Ashley and Katrina Bergh (and team), that do their utmost best to ease your stress and any concerns you may have, just like they did with our most beloved Aunt Ethel's funeral.The support and guidance that was given was immeasurable, Aunt Ethel would have been so pleased with how things worked out."Thank you for making the service very beautiful. You did such a wonderful job""Thank you for all of the advice and direction you were able to give my family and myself when organizing all the funeral arrangements .It took a lot of pressure of us at this crazy time.
At such a difficult time I was very pleased to have the support of Robin at Academy Funerals, a caring, small family owned funeral home. As I was interstate all communication was done by email and phone with quick response every time. I truly felt cared for.Thank you for making it a calming process, something I think that comes from being a small family business.
Ashley was so awesome getting back to me while I was trying to organise my darling mums funeral. He sent me lots of options which was great. He was very empathetic and I appreciated his straightforward approach. He organised an amazing celebrant for the service and Kerry was amazing. They are one a a handful of family owned funeral directors in Brisbane and I am happy to recommend them. Thank you
I can't thank Academy Funerals enough, especially Robin Drury for the warm and heartfelt service during a time when we had no idea of what to do or who to turn too, every matter was tended to with utmost respect and care including us in every way possible. Thank you again for helping us through such a difficult time. Thomas
With the passing of my mother Robin was totally professional, extremely caring and was very approachable in all forms of communication with every question i needed answered. I don't think you could find a better suited person to handle the passing of a loved one
On behalf of my family, it’s hard to find the words to express my gratitude and sincere thanks to Ashley and Katrina from Academy Funerals. I was referred to them by a friend, and from my initial contact with them, I felt reassured and extremely grateful that I was talking to the right people. Impending death is something that no one wants to face, but it’s a reality that we all have to deal with at some time.Ashley and Katrina and their team are professional, extremely compassionate and understanding and will guide you through the process you’ve chosen for your loved one. Any questions you have in relation to the process is respected and answered honestly. Ashley and Katrina are very easy to talk to and I would strongly recommend Academy Funerals to anyone looking for a professional, caring and respectful funeral home.
On behalf of my family and myself, I'd like to thank Ashley and his team for their assistance in celebrating the life of our loved one.
Ash from Academy Funerals have looked after two of my dear family members. I found Ash to be genuine and extremely helpful through every step of organising a funeral for my mother in law and then my dear Aunt. Academy Funeral were professional and looked after every aspect of the funeral arrangements, which gave my family and myself thorough peace of mind. Debbie
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know - your feedback is very important to us and we are honoured to have cared for your mother in law and aunt. I will make sure to pass on to Ashley for you. Take care, R
I highly recommend Robin Drury and the team at Academy Funerals. He was extremely professional, kind and considerate during our time of extreme sadness. Robin took the time to listen to us and guide us as we navigated the process of preparing my brother to rest eternally. He always made us feel comfortable and answered all our calls promptly, and provided individual family members a private viewing time to meet their needs. Thank you Robin for all that you have done for us, we are forever grateful.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts - they are lovely words and very much appreciated. It was lovely to chat and to help you through the process and an absolute pleasure to have met you. And, a privilege to have looked after your brother. Take care, R
Thank you Academy Funerals for your understanding, empathy, respect and the professionalism that you showed to our family on the passing of our precious Mum. You made us feel at ease at this difficult and sad time. You answered all of our questions clearly. You had a large range of coffins & flowers to choose from and we were very happy with our choices.
Response from the owner: Thank you Gary - I am pleased that we were here to help... we only get one Mum don't we and it's so important to get these decisions right. Please take care of yourself and your family, R
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Transparent and Fair Funeral Prices

We believe in clear and transparent pricing with no hidden surprises. Our funeral options are a simple way of determining inclusions and prices, however they may be adjusted and altered to suit your family. You are at all times in full control of determining all elements of the funeral decisions and how they affect the overall funeral cost. Please speak to us for low, individual pricing options.

Direct Cremation

An unattended cremation (direct cremation). A viewing or private time with your loved one can be arranged at a time prior to the cremation.

All Professional Fees

Standard Sized Transportation Coffin

Cremation Fee

Cremation Permit (Permission to Cremate Qld)

Viewing and Dressing if Requested

Funeral, Memorial or Death Notice Digital

Simple Cremation Urn

Original Death Certificate + 6 Copies

* Ashes can be made available in 24 hours *

** All packages are open for modification and alteration to suit each family's individual requirements **

*** Possible After Hours Costs if a transfer is required outside of normal working hours ***

$1895

Cremation Option 2

This is a full funeral service held in the chapel of a crematorium of the family’s choice, with family and friends in attendance.

All Professional Fees

Standard Sized Basic Coffin

Cremation Fee

Cremation Permit (Permission to Cremate Qld)

Crematorium Chapel Hire

Tribute Cards/ Bookmarks For Service

Viewing and Dressing if Required

Funeral, Memorial or Death Notice Digital

Cremation Urn Simple

Original Death Certificate + 6 Copies

(Ashes can be made available in 24 hours)

** All packages are open for modification and alteration to suit each family's individual requirements **

*** Possible After Hours Costs if a transfer is required outside of normal working hours ***

from $4990

Cremation Option 3

This is a full funeral service held in a church, or other venue, chosen by the family, with family and friends in attendance.

All professional Fees

Standard Sized Coffin

Cremation Fee

Cremation Permit (Permission to Cremate Qld)

Clergy or Celebrant's Fee/ Offering

Tribute Cards/ Bookmarks For Service

Viewing and Dressing if Required

Funeral, Memorial or Death Notice Digital

Cremation Urn Simple

Original Death Certificate + 6 Copies

(Ashes can be made available in 24 hours)

** All packages are open for modification and alteration to suit each family's individual requirements **

*** Possible After Hours Costs if a transfer is required outside of normal working hours ***

$5550

Burial Option 1

This is a burial completed with no service and no attendance by family or friends.

Our Professional Fees

Standard Sized Basic Coffin

Viewing and Dressing if Required

Funeral, Memorial or Death Notice Digital

Original Death Certificate + 6 Copies

** All options are open for modification and alteration to suit each family's individual requirements and budget **

*** Possible After Hours Costs if a transfer is required outside of normal working hours ***

$3688 (plus cemetery fee)

Burial Option 2

This is an option for a church or chapel service with burial following or, a graveside service.

Our Professional Fees

Standard Sized Basic Coffin

Viewing and Dressing if Required

Funeral, Memorial or Death Notice Digital

Clergy or Celebrant Offering

Chapel Hire Arranged if Required (at cost)

Original Death Certificate + 6 Copies

** All options are open for modification and alteration to suit each family's individual requirements and budget **

*** Possible After Hours Costs if a transfer is required outside of normal working hours ***

$4843 (plus cemetery fee)

Burial Option 3

This is an option for a church or chapel service with burial following or, a graveside service.

Our Professional Fees

Standard Sized Colonial Coffin

Viewing and Dressing if Required

Funeral, Memorial or Death Notice Digital

Clergy or Celebrant Offering

Chapel Hire Arranged if Required (at cost)

Casket Spray Floral Arrangement

Original Death Certificate + 6 Copies

** All options are open for modification and alteration to suit each family's individual requirements and budget **

*** Possible After Hours Costs if a transfer is required outside of normal working hours ***

$5530 (plus cemetery fee)
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