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LGBT friendly funerals

At Tomorrow Funerals we are proud allies of the LGBTIQ+ community. That means a LGBT friendly funeral or memorial with us is all about offering a funeral service based upon the principals of equality, acceptance and compassion for all members of the community including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, agender, gender fluid, intersex, pansexual and others.

We believe acceptance and understanding is everyone’s right, especially during times of vulnerability; for example, whilst experiencing grief or as an elder in the community.

Hearing firsthand reports of elderly LGBTIQA+ people – those who’ve historically faced prejudice and discrimination, feeling un-welcome at some funerals homes, or even ‘getting back into the closet’ whilst living in aged care facilities, has both shocked and saddened us.

Co-Founder Kate Morgan, Head of Memorials at Tomorrow, an experienced Melbourne Funeral and Marriage Celebrant was an active advocate for marriage equality and is proud to have married many LGBT couples since 2017 when same sex marriage was first legalised in Australia after a national postal survey was conducted by the Australian Government.

Kate is passionate about bringing the same level of acceptance of diversity to the (generally old fashioned) funeral industry. In fact, at Tomorrow we believe a fundamental change in the Australian funeral industry is long overdue – it is this belief that has inspired our unique ‘cremation & memorial only’ package.

Kate wrote about a memorial style funeral that was partly the inspiration for this kind of package here.

What is an LGBT friendly memorial style funeral?

Whilst traditional funerals are entrenched in religion and based around a coffin being present, most Australians are now more comfortable with the concept of cremation and memorial-style funerals.

At Tomorrow, we offer one transparent package that includes a dignified cremation, plus everything needed to help you create a personalised memorial event that truly represents your loved one. That could mean an elegant event at Garden’s House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens, a celebration style service overlooking the waves at Elwood Bathers or speeches over beers at Richmond’s DT’s followed by a night of dancing at Sircuit.

We have compiled a non-exhaustive list of venue ideas for truly amazing memorials venues if you’d like some inspiration!

Planning a memorial style funeral

Whilst no one wants to be in the position of planning a funeral for a loved one, it is something that many of us face at some time in their lives and we strongly believe when that time comes everyone has the right to feel comfortable and safe. It is from this place that a person can create a memorial event that truly reflects the life of the person whose life you are celebrating – one that shines a light on who they were.

As advocates for equality and diversity, we are proudly listed on the directory at The Victorian Pride Centre.

Call us if you’d like to chat about creating a LGBT friendly funeral for a loved one, or even for yourself. At Tomorrow we don’t put anyone in a box, (…well, not until we have to, anyway!) 😉

rainbow flag, symbolising the LGBT community in trees

We’re always here to help

Call us 24-hours / 7 days on 1800 574 824
Our Journal contains our entire list of resources for creating personal memorials.
Or visit our funerals page, for more information on our unique memorial style funeral package.