Independent, celebrant-led company giving families beautiful, affordable funerals
Over The Rainbow Funerals Co. was established as an alternative to large funeral companies. Being smaller, we’re able to focus on providing families with caring, beautiful, memorable funerals for their loved ones, all at a reasonable price without unnecessary expenses. We are here to be a friend in your time of need.
We started this business because we want Sydney families to have choices. Choices on funeral venues, celebrants and how much to pay for a funeral. We don’t want the family to have regrets about the funeral or be burdened with debt afterwards.
And because we are independently owned and operated, we don’t report to shareholders or a board of directors. This means we focus on providing families with value over profit. We create funerals that honour and celebrate the life of their loved one without the expensive add-ons and without cutting corners.
Our strength is our transparent, attention to detail and caring approach that allows us to understand what families want and provide a beautiful celebration of a unique life that brings peace to the loved ones.
Over The Rainbow Funerals Co. is a celebrant-led company that specialises in providing a personalised, modern, fresh approach to traditional and alternative funeral services.
Communication, transparency, gentleness and partnership is the cornerstone of our culture, which extends to the families we help. What’s more, the families feel cared for, understood and supported because our team lives by our culture, every day.
We attribute our culture to the values that guide us…
Transparency – we provide a complete itemised quote on every aspect of a funeral service to give our clients a choice on what they want to include or exclude. There are no hidden extras or surprises.
Affordability – we charge at cost price to us and offer a range of pricing options to suit different budgets. This means we don’t add mark-ups on mortuary fees, coffins or cemetery costs. What we get charged is what our client pays.
Guidance – we support and guide our clients to help them make the best decisions on their funeral requirements by giving as much information as possible and answering every question.
Choice – we give our clients the choice of funeral locations, so they can hold the funeral at a meaningful location. We don’t limit our services to chapels, churches or crematoriums. This means if the family wants to hold the funeral (not just a wake) at a special winery, a park or the golf club their loved one was a member of, then we can do this.
Understanding – we take time to listen to you and your family to understand what you want for your loved one and how we can uniquely celebrate their life. We come to your home to give you a comfortable space so you can share your personal stories with us.
Attention to detail – we make sure we have everything covered on the day to ensure the funeral service is peaceful, beautiful and special. This includes checking the audio-visual equipment works; having tissues, water bottles and sanitising cleaners on hand; ensuring the flowers are delivered to the right location; having the order of services ready to give out and cleaning the grounds before and after the service.
Care – we care about what we do and focus on making this is a special occasion for your loved one. Our funerals are treated as events that are planned with compassion, care and gentleness.
Meet Scott Duncombe - He/Him
- Owner, Funeral Director & Celebrant
Scott Duncombe, Owner, Funeral Director and Celebrant
Scott has been in the funeral industry since 2012 and has been involved in funerals as a Funeral Celebrant, Funeral Director, Hearse driver and Funeral Assistant.
Scott combines his honest, genuine and compassionate approach with his meticulous organisation skills to ensure families have peace of mind that everything will go to plan.
He is a practicable person who is passionate about organising events that are dignified, beautiful, genuine and special to honour and celebrate each unique life.
He created Over The Rainbow Funerals Co. to help families have a beautiful, affordable funeral for their loved one by being open, transparent and providing choices. He does this by gently taking control and guiding families through the process with care and compassion.
Scott’s office is in the city, but he travels to families all over Sydney, South Coast, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.
Meet Ben Gibson - He/Him
- Funeral Director, Celebrant & End of Life Doula
Ben joined the Over The Rainbow Funerals Co. team as an experienced funeral director and celebrant from Sydney. He brings a broad range of professional experience having previously worked in communications, project management and events.
He understands that acknowledging end of life can come in many forms and works alongside families with complete flexibility and transparency in order to provide the care and attention they need at every stage of this vulnerable process.
Ben believes the more involvement family members have in a funerals creation, the deeper will be the connection to the ceremony itself and the more authentic will be the depiction of the person who has died.
Ben regards his role as a privilege and works to ensure every detail is covered as per the families wishes.
Meet Angus Bettini - He/Him
- Funeral Assistant and Hearse Driver
Angus comes to us with a background and a love for cars. So it is only fitting that he drives our Hearse vehicles. Angus also assists on most funerals to ensure the day goes perfectly from a logistics point of view.
Meet Lauren Jansson - She/Her
- Funeral Assistant and End of Life Doula
Lauren is a holistic end of life doula and independent funeral assistant. Offering non-medical practical, emotional and social support for those approaching end of life or living with life limiting illness. Including their significant others, chosen family and communities.
Acting as an addition to any medical, palliative or primary care support. Empowering and advocating for you (or your person) to have agency and control over decision making, regarding both end of life and after death care.
With a background in coaching, Lauren does this through facilitating respectful conversation and attuned listening to deeply understand your preferred way forward. Together, exploring what may be possible and aligned to your values, goals and identity. Acknowledging that you are the expert on your own life, your body, and your preferences. Lauren’s role is to help you and your loved ones fulfil those, right through to assisting with the seamless delivery of authentic, heart centred ceremony.
Meet Craig Batchelor - He/Him
- Funeral Director, Celebrant and Assistant
If you have lost a loved one and you are trying to plan a funeral or memorial service, you need an experience celebrant that really cares about your loved one, your family, and the community and that is why Craig joined Over The Rainbow Funerals. Craig is a thoughtful celebrant whose warmth, humour and intuition provides you and your family with comfort in creating a personal and modern funeral service and a true celebration of life. Craig prides himself on delivering a highly personable level of care to help you honour your loved one your way. Craig is committed to providing a funeral service that reflects the wishes, beliefs, values and culture of the family and their loved one. Craig will offer you and your family the support and guidance you need to provide a dignified farewell.
With over 5 years experience, as a professional celebrant, Craig has seen the greatest of joys and the worst of sadness including his own after losing his mother suddenly. Craig has held the hands of so many, through all stages of life experience and has celebrated the lives of some truly amazing people from different cultures and communities. Craig has helped bring together hundreds of people and each time he takes the smallest of steps with families, friends and community members towards saying goodbye in a respectful manner. Funerals, for Craig, are the most important work he does.
Meet the Office Dog
- George - he/him
Every office should have an office dog. We have George a Newfoundland Dog. He loves to be around people, and is much loved member of the family!
Meet Stephen Tessalli - he/him
- Funeral Celebrant & Assistant
I started really by accident and was provided the opportunity to do funerals for a Funeral home in QLD and then overtime I quickly started to discover that a Funeral is not just about saying Goodbye, it is really about a new beginning of remembering this person and their journey, achievements, friendships and love they have for family.
Yes, Funerals can be a difficult process, but they can also be heartening as it is about starting that new relationship with the deceased. And a Funeral is also about playing that weird song they liked, showing those bizarre photos and truly a celebration of life. I joined Over the Rainbow Funerals only 10 months ago, but this family of people truly have a belief in caring for your loved one and celebrating them in a way that is unique to you but also your loved one who has passed.