How Many guests can I have at a funeral

In consideration of new temporary public health measures, Invocare have issued this information today (23/3/2020) for their Chapels in Sydney, NSW:

Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens & Crematorium

  • North Chapel     – 29 people
  • South Chapel     – 19 people
  • East Chapel         – 23 people
  • West Chapel       – 12 people

Lake Macquarie Memorial Park

  • Chapel                  – 30 people

Newcastle Memorial Park

  • North Chapel     – 30 people
  • East Chapel         – 15 people

Rookwood Memorial Park

  • West Chapel       – 20 people
  • South Chapel     – 33 people
  • South Chapel     – 49 people (plus Columbarium area)
  • East Chapel         – 16 people
  • East Chapel         – 32 people (plus Columbarium area)
  • Foyer of the East Chapel – 5 people

Forest Lawn Memorial Park Memorial Park

  • North Chapel     – 29 people
  • South Chapel     – 36 people

Lakeside Memorial Park

  • Chapel                  – 22 people

Pinegrove Memorial Park

  • North Chapel     – 20 people
  • West Chapel       – 20 people

Castlebrook Memorial Park

  • Garden Chapel  – 23 people

InvoCare will have a staff member on-site at each chapel from Monday morning to assist you to monitor the number of people attending each service.  If more people attend than expected you will also need to ensure the maximum space limits are not exceeded.  Once the maximum capacity is reached, you are welcome to direct the extra guests to the outside space where the service can play through external monitors and speakers.  To support these changes, we have prepared signage noting the capacity limits for each chapel.

In the interests of health and wellbeing, we strongly recommend that gatherings be limited to immediate family only, and be listed as private, as this will assist us all to reduce funeral numbers.  We appreciate your assistance and cooperation in helping us all remain compliant with the government’s new rules.  As things are changing rapidly, this advice may change.



Vijay Singh

NSW GM Cemeteries & Crematoria

InvoCare NSW CemCrem Head Office

199 Delhi Road | NORTH RYDE NSW 2113 Australia

T +61 2 9888 6628


You’ll find lots of information on my webpage about flowers used in specific situations such as funerals and anniversaries:

However, for some specific advice on flowers though, Kevin Rodrigues, American gardener and blogger, has this advice on:

 “10 Popular Funeral Flowers that will help convey your feeling”

Attending a funeral can be distressing in many ways.

You want to show your support to grieving family and friends. But sometimes it can be difficult to know what to say or do in such situations.

That’s where funeral flowers can help you.

They can help you convey your feelings of love, sympathy, sorrow, and respect.

Here are some popular flowers that you can give during a funeral and share your support.

        1. Lilies
        2. Roses
        3. Chrysanthemums
        4. Carnations
        5. Hyacinth
        6. Gladiolus
        7. Forget-me-not
        8. Irises
        9. Baby’s breath
        10. Tulips


Lilies are the most common flower you’ll find at any funeral. They are an aromatic and beautiful choice.

The white lily is a symbol of innocence and purity. They bloom in summer and are a sign of rebirth and renewal.

You can give them to the grieving family to offer hope. They are a good choice for a funeral when someone has died young.


Roses are another popular choice in any funeral. You get them in a variety of colors that signify different meanings.

You can offer white roses to symbolize purity and innocence. A bunch of red roses can be used to indicate deep love and grief.

If you’re grieving a friend, you can go with yellow roses that signify friendship. And you can use pink roses when you want to be thankful to the person.


Chrysanthemums are a great choice for funerals when you want to express sympathy and honor.

The red color ones symbolize love while the white ones indicate innocence. You can also use chrysanthemums to show your encouragement and support for the grieving family.


Carnations make a good choice in funeral wreaths. You can get them in different colors.

The red ones are used to express affection while the white ones signify innocence. You can use them to express love for the family.

They’re a great choice to honor a mother that has passed away in a family.


This is a flower you can use to communicate the pain you feel for the loss of a loved one.

It’s a way of showing that you offer prayers to the deep anguish felt by the family.


The gladiolus flower is used to represent the strength and character of the person that has passed away.

It helps you communicate your compassion in times of sorrow and pain. You can use it to remind the family of the strength of their loved ones.


As the name suggests, the forget-me-not is a good flower to give as a mark of remembrance.

It helps you express to the family about the stories, memories and positive attributes of the loved one that passed away.


People in ancient Greece believed irises helped guide the soul to the afterlife. It marks a symbol of faith and friendship.

You can use it to express your feelings of hope and gratitude for the person that has passed away.

Baby’s breath

As the name suggests, you can use the baby’s breath to express sympathy and grief at a child’s funeral.

But you can also use it for the funeral of your friends and family members to do the same.


Tulips grow in the Spring and they represent a sign of new beginnings.

You can use them to express feelings of hope and gratitude towards the one that has passed away.


There are many types of flowers popular in funerals and the ones you choose depend on your feelings towards the person.

You should think and introspect deeply about your feelings. It may not be easy to do but it’s the best thing you can do to give your respects.

Choose the right flowers and give comfort to yourself and your family and friends in their time of grief.

Growing your own Roses for your ceremony.

From time to time, I find couples or families who have grown their own flowers; a bridal bouquet, a table setting, room decoration or for presentation at a funeral.

Gardening is not my forte but Kevin Rodrigues is a gardener in the USA who has some great advice on growing roses. Yes it is an American article and so temps and measures are empirical but still a good read if you want to grow your own:


I love the feedback that I receive after a Life Celebration Ceremony.


I regard my role in Leading a funeral service, as a privilege and a great honour and so it is wonderful to hear validation:

“that was a beautiful Ceremony. I have never seen those things that you do, at a funeral before and how you engage everyone, is just beautiful – that is so special, so unique”.