The Late Shirley Joan Williamson, born 22/06/1925, passed away 20/10/2018 aged 93. We extend to Colin and Jeanie and the entire family and friends, our sincerest condolences for the sad passing of their beloved Shirley. On such sadness brought about the passing of their beloved shirley, we also know that whilst she now is at peace, beautiful memories of her life will always remain with the family and their friends, many will be of happiness and we are sure there will be some sad memories also. In having said this, we only wish to express that we remember Shirley for who she was and we are certain in saying, a very remarkable woman whom would have enjoyed her life to the fullest. Guiding Light Funerals wish to sincerly thank Colin and Jeanie and the family for entrusting into our care, their beloved shirley. For information regarding the funeral service for the late Shirley Joan Williamson, we invite you to contact us for further information. May she rest in peace and may her memory remain enternal. Rest In Peace beautiful soul. ... See MoreSee Less
The Late Andreas Georgakopoulos sadly passed away on 19th October 2018 aged 70.
It is with our sincerst sadness that we advise the sad passing of Andreas. A true gentleman, and very much respected and loved by many. Andreas was personally known by us, when his beloved nephew, Reno, the son of his beloved brother Ellia and his family tragically passed away. Andreas called us and asked three straight questions and the responce he received, his exacts words to us were, that is all I need to hear, come to my brother house and you will deal with me. These words can never be forgotten by us, we served him and his brother and family with sincere love and heart. From that point on, a special bond was formed with Andreas and all of the Georgakopolous family. Today, we met with the devesated family, and his beloved brother Ellia, who now takes on the role of arranging his brother's funeral, as his brother took on that role with the late Reno Georgakopoulos. Many memories of that tragic day returned to us and the family and now we face the grief of lossing a great man. Andreas was full of laughter, happiness, always there to help others and never ever said no, in fact he was a straight shooter as they say and did not like any BS (So to speak). Not only very well known in the Greek Community and the general community, Andreas has dealt with us over the past years with other persons known to him who sadly passed away, he always said he would never forget the respect and dignity and everything we did for his beloved nephew, Rino, and others persons, and how we treated the family like our own. For us, the Georgakopoulos family have become our family and we are so honoured to have the family place their beloved Andreas in our hands to care for him in his final days on this planet and treat him with all the respect and dignity that he truly deserves. Our hearts are broken and we also grieve at such a tragic loss, Andreas will be sadly and truley missed... Andreas heaven awaits you, you will find peace, till we meet again our much beloved friend..
Μετά των Αγίων ανάπαυσον, Χριστέ, την ψυχήν του δούλου σου (της δούλης) σου, ένθα ουκ έστι πόνος, ου λύπη, ου στεναγμός, αλλά ζωή ατελεύτητος.
With all the Saints give rest, O Christ, to your departed servant’s soul, where there is no pain, no sorrow and no lament, but only life eternally.
Something different. People ask us if we have ever experienced something out of the ordinary in this line of work, well the answer is yes, a few times and to which something that we cannot offer any explanation. People would say that we are losing our mind of thought, no we are not, we are sane and proper frame of mind and thought. As for life it is surrounded by it's ups and downs and can and it will without any doubt in your lifetime, dish out some very vicious blows, however, to death itself, death remains a mystery to many as once you pass, is it then end? pure darkness and that is it, and having said this it all comes down to and depending on your beliefs as to what awaits us all come death. What is our belief?, as christains, we believe in life after death, and the final judgment for all, we live our life daily, a blessing when we go to sleep at night and awake to a new day, we take each minute and hour and day as it comes, as nobody can foresee the next one hour of your life and wait awaits. ... See MoreSee Less
Having been in the industry for many years, more than I care to remember, I have seen much grief from family, people, etc, I have seen very distressing cases, and the honest truth is, if I myself do not feel pitty or sadness then I am not human and I have a cold heart. For those that know me, from families served to those close to me and my loved ones, I do not have a cold heart, my heart is genuine and sincere. The industry itself has not made me as strong as I thought it would with death, what it did do is open my eyes to death itself. My heart does hurt and feel pain when such a tragic loss of life at a young age occurs. I have handled still borns, babies, toddlers, children, teenages, adults to the ederly. I have even done duel services husband and wife side by side, the list goes on and the causes of death is something that I still battle to comprehend. Today's funeral for the late Michelle Matheson, was one that I consider so tragic, and not taking any of the others away, they were all tragic, they all touched me emotionally inside, the families i met, I hold to this day very close to me and I feel I am part of their families, I cannot forget them or their loved ones, but I write this for one reason, that is, life is so precious, be grateful we live to see another day and are blessed, and above all, we all will face the final curtain one day, that day remains a mystery. My strength comes from above from Heaven, hence I continue my role, as a funeral director and also my final studies in mortuary science. My strength also comes from my team, especially one of them whom gives me so much insperation as I see in her so much love and caring shown to the families we serve, the rest of the team are also in that level and are our backbone. I only extend to each and every one of you, my best wishes to long life, healthy life, and if illness strikes you, stay strong! have faith and remember, I like any of you also suffer from illness, etc, but we battle on. ... See MoreSee Less
Michelle Matheson, aged 46, beloved mother of Stephanie, Anthony, Christopher and Alexis. Today, we farewelled Michelle who sadly passed away recently, a tragic loss and again so many times, we are reminded that life itself has an ending, at what age? time? circumstances? not one of us knows this. Her beloved children were faced with the hardest task in their lives, to lay at rest and peace their beloved mother and with the assistance and guidance of family friend, Suzie, their trust along with suzie was placed in us. Michelle deserved dignity and now she is at peace. Guiding Light Funerals sincerly extend to Stephanie and her bothers and sister and their family and friends and also to Suzie, our deepest condolences, from the first time we spoke, we did what we promised, we served with a heart and gave the dignity to your beloved mother as promised. Thank you for entrusting us with your beloved mother and may she find enternal rest and peace and her memory remain enternal. Rest In Peace Michelle.... ... See MoreSee Less
We many times are congratulated by people for many reasons, however, we always make the point that without our exceptional and fantastic mortuary crew, all 5 of them, yes I did say 5 and we invite anyone to come and meet them, they are our backbone, then we have a other frontline crew, the funeral diretors, the assistants, our suppliers whom also cater for others, what does this all come down to?, well it is simple.. you deal with people that are passionate, caring, professional and most of all sincere and we all serve with our hearts. Guiding Light Funerals is a company one can trust, we do not feed on peoples illogical way of thinking at their time of grief, we are not vutlures and will not do anything or offer anything to convince a family to deal with us, no, we do not operate that way and we most certainly do not negotiate on costs by way of under cutting others and will not lower our standards which if we do will impact on the service and products, we do very much so offer and provide to a family what is affordable and within their financial means and most importantly above anything else, we will always give and provide the dignity their loved one deserves, after all we ourselves have lost loves ones and would not expect anything less. May we always remember our loved ones that have passed away and are now at rest and somewhere in a better place, till we meet them again, may their beloved memories remain enternal. ... See MoreSee Less
There have been times and no doubt there will be times to come where we receive a call from a family or person or in particular a staff member who has lost a loved one. Such is the recent case of a staff member of ours who sadly lost a family member. As the direct result, senior manger made the decision that all the funeral costs would be paid for by Guiding Light Funerals, the staff member in question was not allowed by us to pay for any item. We gave the deceased a dignified funeral, with nothing less and to the total surprise of the staff member and the family whom were reduced to tears from this gesture. It is our way of paying respects to the deceased and showing our love and respect to the staff member in question who has served us over the years as if our own family. We served with our heart and may the memory of the deceased remain enternal and always remembered. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less
A year so far.. the funeral industry is one that is not an easy industry to be involved in. With so much funeral companies in the making, we like others do our thing and cater for the famalies that entrust us with their loved one. Guiding Light Funerals is not here to feed on ones personal illogical way of thinking when in grieving for their loss, this is not us, we will always offer a family an affordable and most importantly a dignified funeral that their loved one truly deserves without the extra burden of financial stress. One thing we will never do is price match others, we do not operate in this manner, our pricing remains competitive, but at the end of the day it has to work two ways, that is, the family need to be 100% comfortable with us and we also with the family that has approached us as we are to be entrusted with the care of their loved one. Dignity and respect for the deceased is of paramount at all times, from start to finish. Guiding Light Funerals also prides itself as being accredittation we hold with various clients whom we continue to serve to this date. We have also noticed that our repatriation department has increased this year by 60%, where our burials have dropped by 25%, however the no service no cremations have increased by 42%. 2018 is a year of ups and downs and as we say, welcome to the funeral industry. ... See MoreSee Less
No matter how many times we have mentioned this on our posts, Death does not discrimate on age or gender or location. It is a reminder that we all remain in this world for a period of time, which the end is unknown to any of us. We all take each day as it comes and enjoy life, however, life itself is not meant to be easy, and never is, so we take it as it comes and deal with the issues it gives us, whether good or bad... in all life continues for all of us. ... See MoreSee Less