Arrangements for funeral services in Ballarat

With the experience that comes with more than a century as one of the leading funeral homes in Ballarat, F.W. Barnes and Son Funeral Directors have the knowledge, expertise and skills to arrange and deliver funerals precisely in accordance with clients’ desires and expectations.

F.W. Barnes and Son are the funeral directors in Ballarat who genuinely care – after all, we’ve been a part of the community since 1895 – and we will guide you through every step of the funeral arrangements process.

Our funeral directors provide advice on all aspects of the funeral, from helping prepare and write death and funeral notices and obituaries, through to liaising with clergy and celebrants and helping organise a wake to honour the deceased.

F.W. Barnes and Son will help with the placement of notices in local and statewide newspapers, however newspapers are expensive and losing their prominence as information sources as digital’s dominance increases. As part of our funeral services to Ballarat and district, F.W. Barnes and Son provide free online death and funeral notices to a worldwide audience via our website. Our free notices also provide an opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to leave their own free everlasting tributes to the deceased.

Just as no two people can live the same lives, no two funerals can be the same and F.W. Barnes and Son ensure each and every one of their funeral services is unique and personalised to the deceased and in line with his or her wishes. No matter whether one of our Ballarat prepaid funerals organised years in advance, or a funeral for an unexpected death, we will arrange a funeral that is respectful and relevant and within your budget. As well, our funeral directors can provide an accurate price and cost breakdown and detailed outline of the funeral arrangements. We encourage you to contact us at any time to discuss your funeral arrangements, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we also provide a free downloadable F.W. Barnes and Son funeral planning booklet to help plan funeral arrangements. Our booklet will guide you through important funeral details including:

  • Burial or cremation
  • Coffin
  •  Flowers
  • Clergy or civil celebrant
  • Private or public service
  • Service location – church or chapel
  • Newspaper and online Advertisements
  • Family history for registration of the death with Births,
    Deaths and Marriages
  • Photo presentation
  • Service booklet
  • Music

F.W. Barnes and Son will assist with every element of the funeral arrangements, ensuring a minimum of stress for the bereaved.

Ballarat funeral and death notices

Alerting people that a death has occurred is important so people have a chance to pay their respects and say their goodbyes to the deceased. Death and funeral notices are the most public methods of providing information about a death and funeral arrangements.

Death notices

A death notice is a notice to the public that somebody has died. Usually a death notice follows a set format comprising five basic elements:

  • The full name of the deceased
  • The city, suburb or town where the person died
  • The date of the person’s death
  • The city, suburb or town where the deceased had lived
  • The family of the deceased – husband, wife, partner, children and their partners, grandchildren etc.

Death notices appear as paid advertisements in newspapers but increasingly there is a trend to place death notices online and F.W. Barnes and Son provides free online death notices on their website. The free notices on our website are a permanent online record of the deceased.

Funeral notices

Families place funeral notices through the funeral director to announce a death and to advise of the funeral details, with standard information such as date, time, location of the service and cemetery or crematorium and to provide advice of requests for donations to charity.

In the past most funeral notices have been in newspapers and community noticeboards but F.W. Barnes provides free funeral notices on its website. The online notices include interactive maps to guide mourners to the location of funeral services and also provide an option for mourners to leave their own free tributes.

The staff members at our funeral home in Ballarat are happy to assist you and work with you regarding funeral notices. Please contact us for advice and assistance.

Online death and funeral notices and tributes

F.W. Barnes and Son Funeral Directors give bereaved family, friends and colleagues the opportunity to leave free online tributes on the funeral home’s website. Please make use of this free service.


F.W. Barnes and Son have more than 120 years’ experience as funeral directors and consequently have acquired the skills to write insightful and personalised obituaries or can help family and friends write an obituary. Some newspapers will publish obituaries for free but please realise that publication in a newspaper is entirely at the editor’s discretion. An obituary on F.W. Barnes and Son’s online tributes is a reliable and free method of publishing an obituary.

 Locations for funerals in Ballarat

Ballarat has a wide selection of locations for funeral services, ranging from our own F.W. Barnes and Son chapel and the city’s numerous churches and places of worship, through to gardens, sporting club rooms, RSL facilities and more. Importantly, the location of the funeral service should be a place of significance to the deceased, and many people leave specific instructions for the location of their funeral service. F.W. Barnes and Son will ensure the funeral service follows the wishes of the deceased and their family.

We would strongly recommend clearly outlining funeral service plans as part of your pre-paid funeral bond arrangements, ensuring your wishes are clear and straightforward.

If you would like more information about funeral arrangements with F.W. Barnes and Son please contact us online or call our funeral home on (03) 5336 1211.