The Originals: A long tradition of caring


TRUSTED REPUTATION: Understanding and compassion is the promise when dealing with Olsen's Funerals.

TRUSTED REPUTATION: Understanding and compassion is the promise when dealing with Olsen's Funerals.

Olsens Funerals has been part of the fabric of the Sutherland Shire community for 75 years.

Much has changed since the business opened its doors. The population has grown considerably, lifestyles have changed dramatically and consumer expectations have increased exponentially.

However, in the midst of all this change, one thing has remained the same - the Olsens team's steadfast commitment to caring for local families.

Established by Henning Naesborg Olsen in 1944, Olsens Funerals has been handed down through the generations. Ownership has always remained with Olsen family descendents and Steve Kellaway is the third generation of his family to take the helm of the business.

"We're the oldest family-owned and run business in the Sutherland Shire," he said. "In this age of big business Olsens Funerals has retained its independence and a strong sense of family.

"This means we can always provide the highest level of care and compassion for people going through one of the most difficult times of their life - losing a loved one."

Mr Kellaway said each member of the Olsens team had a thorough understanding of the needs of local families when it comes to planning a funeral service.

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"Our funeral professionals live and work in the local area and they're part of the community," he said. "The families we serve represent many customs, cultures and traditions, and we're committed to ensuring the full spectrum of needs are fulfilled so people can make the choices that best suit them. We don't believe that planning a funeral service should simply be a case of ticking items off a standard list.

"You can be as true to tradition or as imaginative and creative as you like when making arrangements. You don't even need to call it a funeral. Call it a gathering, tribute, farewell or something else you feel is fitting."

Mr Kellaway said those who chose Olsens Funerals have the comfort of knowing who is caring for their loved one.

"Our team handle every aspect of the arrangements, from start to finish," he said.

"We have our own on-site facilities - including viewing rooms, chapels, mortuaries and a cremator - that allow us to provide the most personalised care and service in every instance.

"We want our client families to rest easy in the knowledge that their loved one is in the very best of hands."

Mr Kellaway said he was proud of the reputation the business has built over the last 75 years. "The Olsens Funerals name is synonymous with trust and we look forward to caring for families in our community for generations to come." For details phone 9545 3477.