Contemporary Funeral Services

Supporting Families During
Their Times of Bereavement


Funerals are one way to grieve and honour those who have passed away. For some, this is done by taking comfort in time-honored traditions and religious or cultural customs. For others, a funeral is a more individual affair that centres around the experiences or personality of the person who has died. At Potter’s Field Funerals, we specialise in providing contemporary funeral services in Melbourne, catering to individual needs and preferences.

We understand that our clients are unique and we pride ourselves on having the best funeral directors in Melbourne who can tailor modern funeral services to suit your individual wants and needs.

As we move toward a more open and inclusive discourse around death and death rituals, we encourage family and friends to personalise their services as much as they are comfortable doing. Certainly, we recognise the comfort of traditional funerals and formality in some circumstances, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all service. Your service can be as unique as the loved one you’ve lost.

When it comes to a contemporary funeral service, you are only limited by your imagination. The location might be non-traditional, such as a beach, a park, a pub, or your home. Or perhaps the theme or content of the modern funeral service does not follow a traditional format. This could include a family-run informal format, the use of a non-religious ritual, or the incorporation of art and/or music as tools for reflection and healing.

If you have any enquiries or requests about having a funeral home host your contemporary funeral in Melbourne, our friendly and experienced team is here and ready to listen.

Talk to our caring team. If you would like assistance in planning a contemporary funeral our professional team can provide an affordable funeral service tailored to your needs. Call (03) 9568 4047

Talk to our caring team.

If your wish for a contemporary funeral needs fulfilling, our professional team can help you out.


Eco & Green Options

When simplicity, conservation and sustainability matter.


Traditional Service

Finding comfort and solace in time honoured traditions.


Affordable Funerals

Fully customisable funeral services with no hidden fees.


Pre-planned Options

Providing financial and emotional peace of mind.


Service Types

Cremation/Burial Method

We provide cremation and burial services throughout Victoria, at the cemetery of your choice. Burial options for a contemporary funeral range from traditional grave selections (lawns, vault, monumental and mausoleum options) and location-specific alternative burial choices (green, natural and upright).

Single Service

A single service is where the entire proceedings take place at one location, such as a contemporary funeral venue, without following onto a second location. This means that the cremation or burial takes place privately following the service. Family and friends may wish to move onto a secondary location for a wake or celebration, but this does not require the attendance of funeral staff.


Dual Service

A dual service takes place at two locations, such as a modern funeral venue of your choice followed by an attended graveside burial or witnessed cremation. In the case of burial, the initial contemporary funeral service will be followed by a cortege to a graveside location where the final words of committal and laying to rest of the deceased takes place with loved ones present. In the case of a witnessed cremation, a selected number of family and friends may follow the hearse to the crematorium to witness the cremation after the modern funeral service has taken place.


A graveside service consists of a simple ceremony provided directly at the graveside. There is no formal service held prior in a chapel or other location. A service at the graveside is usually smaller in attendance and shorter in duration, as it is usually a requirement for the attendees to be standing for the entire service and may be held in inclement weather. Graveside services are usually less formal than a church or chapel ceremony and can be tailored as a more personal modern funeral.   

Witnessed Cremation

A witnessed cremation can be held as either a standalone modern funeral service or following on from a single service or even precede a memorial service. This requires the booking of a private room in the crematorium where a small number of attendees can gather for a short period of time to say farewell in their own way and watch as the coffin is placed into the cremator.

Private Cremation/Burial

A private cremation or burial is held when there is no formal funeral service; only funeral staff will be in attendance. Family may or may not choose to have some type of ceremony at a later date.

Memorial Service

A memorial service is usually held after the cremation or burial has taken place (with or without the cremated remains present). There are a number of reasons for choosing a memorial service;

  • It allows family to further personalise their farewell following a contemporary funeral.
  • It can allow family more time to make the right decisions in regards to the final farewell of their loved one, without the added pressure of laying the deceased to rest.
  • It may be the wishes of deceased that their body not be present, or the wishes of the remaining family, for their own reasons.
  • The decision may also be a financial one. Without having to employ the services of a funeral director to hold a formal service, families can save money by only engaging the services of a funeral director to assist with a direct cremation or burial and the required documentation.

At Potter’s Field Funerals, we’re here to provide assistance with any preparatory arrangements for a contemporary funeral and memorial service. Our services include helping you organise your own memorial services, booking your memorial service, and providing staff on the day to assist with the event.

Choose Potter’s Field Funerals

Our caring and compassionate funeral home directors are here to support you when you need it most. Having served Victorian families since 2014, our funeral directors are available 8.30-4.30 Monday to Friday to answer any of your inquiries and we have a pickup service 24/7 to organise the transfer of your loved one into our care. However, arrangement services will only be available during business hours.

  • Personalised, ethical and inclusive funeral care that is not just a commercial exchange, but delivers community benefit too.
  • Full onsite mortuary service – our embalmers will restore, sanitise and ensure the hygienic preservation of your loved one.
  • Our funeral home’s fees and services are affordable so everyone is able to have a dignified send-off for their loved one.
  • We service all areas of Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • Choosing a Potter’s Field Funeral assists our charitable partner (Bereavement Assistance Ltd) to care for disadvantaged members of the Victorian community by providing a funeral without the financial pressure of a commercial cost.

To coordinate arrangements for your loved one, you can visit us at our office or alternatively, we also offer the option of doing the arrangements over the phone, email and Zoom. CONTACT US to find out more.


What Our Families Say

I'm beyond thankful for the love and care you have taken with my Dad and opportunity for me to send him off in style today was just lovely. Thank you for all your support.

- Sonja Louise

The kindness and respect shown towards my Mother following the loss of her much loved brother was nothing short of excellent; When Mum was grieving and at times confused by the process of making the arrangements, the team at Potter's Field was able to put her mind at ease with her gentle and caring approach. Nothing was too much trouble and it was much appreciated.

- Robert Rennie

Thank you for arranging our father's memorial service and for supporting our family every step of the way. Your approach was respectful and caring and exactly what our father wanted.

- Jen Sartain

I would like to thank Alex and his team for their kindness, and professionalism in taking gentle care of mom. They politely guided me and my brother through every step of the process. This helped ease our minds so we could just focus on the funeral mass service to celebrate moms life and Father Esuru to give her God's blessings, and her burial service to farewell her life from here into the new beginnings of eternal life. Thank you from our family.

- Ana Willis

I want to thank Potters Field for the care and excellence in the care of my sister in law. And Georgia the funeral director, was so lovely and patient . I recommend them highly, a terrific team with compassion and even though its on a budget, they treat people with respect and kindness.

- Anne Margaret Morrall

92 Atherton Rd,
Oakleigh, Victoria 3166

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