The week ahead:- 4 cremations - 2 repatriations - 1 burial - 4 pending (end stage). Having said this, it is only Tuesday. The purpose of this thread? in this industry it is like a roller coaster ride, and to make things more difficult, we have to be in Melbourne tomorrow for the week and return next week. What does this mean?, nothing, all continues on, the GLF team are fully prepared whether we are here or not. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dear GLF,
Sympathy, professionalism, attention to detail, empathy and caring are the attributes you showed to me and my family at my Late Fathers funeral. For all this I wish to say Thank You.
You were there for me for my Late Brother, my Late Mother and now for my Father. I have no words to express my appreciation of the love and compassion showed to me right from the initial phone call, during the planning, on the actual day and the follow up phone calls.
Thank you to You and your staff.
May God Bless You ❤️🙏🏻⭐️

Always,
Suzy 🙏🏻
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Tonight Thursday 7th February 2019, we prepare and finalise for tomorrows funeral for the late Chris Savelos. As I watch my team undertaking their work and to wrap up today and go home and relax as for tomorrow it starts all over again. I take time out after spending some time in the mortuary and last preparations on the Late Chris Savelos, I took a few minutes and in all honesty, I stood by his coffin, the lid was off and there he laid, in total peace, all natural looking, as if he was asleep. Many things went through my mind at this point, having known this gentleman and his family, and I had upmost respect for him and his late wife, Kassandra and also to his beloved family and daughter, Suzy and not forgetting in the slightest, her husband, Peter. I have over the years stood next to many deceased people, both from Still Borns, to Infants, to teenages, adults and the elderly. I have twice in this profession, underook dual services, which means two deceased persons in the same funeral, namely husband and wife. I have also faced very horrific and graphic images of people who where tragically killed, the last one was the late Khristee Aravena whom most would recall from the news, this young mother of 4 was tragically killed by a truck in Alexandria late last year while waiting to catch a bus to work. People ask me how I do this type of work or how I handle it mentally, well the truth is, I cannot answer that question, I only say that God gives me strength and it is his will that I complete his work here on earth and place to rest, the people whom have departed us. It is not easy to say in the least, I have said many times, be grateful, never ever assume we would live forever, we do not know what awaits us all in the next few minutes or days or months or years, our lives have been planned by a higher authority and when our time is up, death comes to us all. I personally do not know how anyone else see's this, some dread at the thought of death where others accept it. As for myself, I have accepted death and I know my time will come, when this will occur, that is the million dollar question, so whilst i breath and live with God's blessings and will, I continue to serve the families that entrust us. Remember one thing, we all have our religeous beliefs, as I do, however, I do not judge anyone with their thoughts and views, and I will treat each person as they were my own flesh and blood, I do this because I want to be at peace with my heart and soul. I pray for good health and happiness for you all and your loved ones, family and friends for this year and beyond. ... See MoreSee Less

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Since late last year, Guiding Light Funerals has been entrusted with funerals that, when I think about it, has tested my ability to continue in this profession. Some of the most tragic deaths that I have had to deal with both professionally and from a personal point, to this day, I am faced with two funerals at this stage, both families which I have served in the past years, yet as all other families, I and my team have become very close with. I continue to remind myself of several important matters, firstly, nobody, especially myself or my team can ever comprehend and feel ones pain or grief, we can only use the most sincere words "We will stand by you and serve with a heart, dignity is deserved and dignity will be given". The other points which continue to this date is, whilst I have witnessed some very horrific deaths and have been involved from the part of the funeral arrangement, etc., I need to remain professional at all times, irrespective of whom I am dealing with, yet, if I do not shed a tear and feel for the family, especially when they are known to me and as is the deceased, then I am cold hearted and inhuman. This I can assure you I am not, each funeral reminds me of my late parents and family members which I had to bury, each funeral I undertake, I treat all of the deceased as if they were my own flesh and blood. This will never change. For most do not know, that I am now at end stage in my Certification 1V (Mortuary Science) Embalmer. I have kept this discreet, few knew I commenced this course a long time ago, now I am in my final year, having completed all theory, (Only 3 assignments left which are now completed) , and I am now faced with formal examinations in Theory and my final practicle examination. What remains now is and what I have been doing is the practicle side of the course, working in the mortuary on all sort of cases with other embalmers and my mentor/supervisor. The truth is, I never thought I could do this or would ever aim for this accreditation, all I can say is the human body is a remarkable piece of work, God created. I never discuss with anyone what I do behind the scene, all I do is switch off mentally and with God's will and strength, I prepare the deceased for the final resting place. I at times, also need to get away from people, taking time out to reflect on things. Yes, this profession is not easy, I hear from others I am a Funeral Director or I am a mortician, my reply at times is, "Are you now"?, yes there are Funeral Directors who have completed various Courses and there are Accredited Students in mortuary science such as myself soon to become an accredited Embalmer, so the moral of the story is, God wants me to do this profession and gives me the strength to continue, and I have never gone to bed with guilt on my mind or have bad dreams, etc., I guess I am at peace with myself with the families I have served and the deceaseds I have prepared. Truth is I am at peace, this is me. I will always serve with my battered heart. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Late Chris Savelos Aged 88

Our deepest and sincerest condolences is extended to Suzy and Peter along with the whole family and friends for the passing of Suzy's beloved father, Chris. Mr. Savelos was well know to us, having served him and his beloved daughter and family in 2017 when his beloved wife, Kassandra, sadly passed away. The death of his wife did take a huge impact on him, many times, we would meet him at various functions we attended and he would talk about his grief, his life, his beloved Children, the two boys who sadly passed away at a young age, and Guiding Light Funerals was entrusted with the funeral of one of the boys, Savvas. Then in 2017 we were entrusted with the Funeral Service for Kassandra. Our heart goes out to Suzy, his only remaining child, who has had to undertake and witness the funerals of both her brothers, her beloved mother and now her beloved father.

Memories flood back to us with the late Savvas and the Late Kassandra, now, we take into our care, Chris. From a personal point, Chris Savelos and his beloved wife, Kassandra, were two of the most beautiful people that I have come to know, like a father and mother figure to me, as for Suzy, a truly remarkable lady, only God grants her the strength through these difficult times. Peter who is Suzy's husband, a remarkable man, standing by the side of his beloved wife, Suzy, over the difficult years and especially now. Chris leaves his beloved grandchildren, his only remaining child Suzy, his beloved son-in-law Peter and family members and friends. He always wanted peace as he told us many times and truly loved his wife kassandra and missed her dearly. Now Kassandra awaits you Chris as other dearly departed family members, your faith in God was strong, your enternal peace and happiness awaits you. May God forgive you for any sin in your life as we are all sinners, and grant you peace in heaven, which I belive God will, as he is a loving God and merciful. Now my dear Chris, from myself personally, I pray for you for peace and enternal rest and happiness, go and follow the light that shines in front of you, your beloved wife, sons, parents and family members and friends and God await you. May your memory remain enternal. Αιώνια Του Η Μνήμη
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When we hear comments, we want our mother or parents to live, yes it is true we all want this and wish it, however, the truth of the matter is, not one single person alive or who reads this will come to know when their time on earth finishes. Our destiny is writtern as they say or in religeous beliefs, each has their own views on this and what may be beyond death. Nobody knows the answer, yet each of us will one day find out the answer. It saddens us more when young children pass, it is heartbreaking for all concerned, however again, death itself cannot be stopped, can we hide from death? Answer is smiple.. "No", can we slow down the age process and can we extend life? answer is "perhaps" science is trying.. however, can we one day by way of science develop immortality.. well in our view, "No", death will come, it makes no difference what each of us do to look younger, the skin will age, our biological clock will not stop, basically all we do is be gratefull for each day we awake and take our breath of air, which keeps us alive, for as soon as our heart stops and cannot be revived, our end has come. Live your life, enjoy it, you only have one shot at life itself, there is no turning back the clock of time. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Late Georgina Katsimardos Aged 87

Our deepest condolences is extended to John, Angela and Tim, for the sad passing of their beloved mother. A truly beautiful lady, we have been privliged to have known her, as we served the family 10 years ago when Georgina's beloved husband, George, sadly passed away. We now have been again entrusted by the family to take into our care and prepare their beloved mother with dignity and respect for her final journey in this world, that being her final resting place. She lived a hard life as we recall, however, she always managed a smile and coped and had her beliefs, as such she reached the age of 87, and with sadness it came her time to leave her beloved children and family members. Georgina will have a traditional Greek Orthodox Funeral followed by the interment where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, George. May Georgina's memory remain enternal and may she now find the peace she seeked. She will be sadly missed, even by us who have known her all these years. To John, Angela and Tim, the honour bestowed on us to take into our care your beloveed mother has truly touched us. Rest in Peace Georgina.
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In loving memory of Khristiee Marilyn Aravena
21/06/1974 - 12/12/2018.
In our hearts forever and always a beloved
Mother, Daughter, Sister, Grandmother & friend.

Funeral service
Friday 28th December 2018 10:30am
All saints Catholic Church
48 George Street, Liverpool
Followed by the burial at
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Camden Valley Way, Leppington
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We near the end of 2018 and now face one of the most heartbreaking funerals we have ever been faced with, the most horrific and devestating tragerdy which led to the death of a young mother aged 44 years, an unimaginable incident which has devestated the entire family, her 4 children, her friends, and even ourselves. There is not one person who was involved , from the first scene attendances of Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade whom were at the scene and nobody can even comprehend what went through their mind, even to the staff at the NSW State Coroners Office whom we personally spoke with, when we transfered into our care, Khristiee. Even the solicitors acting for the family, whom we now have regular contact with, we can hear in their voice, their heartbreaking pain. This is not easy for anyone who is now involved it is very heart breaking and very emotinal times for all. The horrific circumstances and incident was reported on all major media outlets.

Guiding Light Funerals has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements of the Late Khristiee Aravena, aged 44 years, who was tragically killed in one of the most horrific accidents, we have ever seen.

We will soon make further announcements on behalf of Khristiee's beloved family and concerning the funeral arrangements which are in hand.
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The Late Xihua Deng, sadly passed away on 20th December 2018. Life offers no guarrantees and each day we take as it comes, so close to the holiday season and and of the year, the Deng family have been met with the sad loss of their beloved mother. Mrs Deng's funeral has been set down for Thursday 27th December 2018. The family will hold a private service. We extend to the Deng family and their friends, our sincerest condolences. We at Guiding Light Funerals are honoured by the trust placed in us to take into our care, their beloved mother. We serve with our heart and most importantly, dignity, as there is no boundries, with any Nationality, Denomination, we are all people and have a heart and soul. May Xihau Deng's memory remain always enternal and remembered, she is at peace now. ... See MoreSee Less

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