Luke Apthorpe & Family Funeral Directors are proud to have had the opportunity to serve many families. We always do everything we can to meet the needs of our clients. We are humbled to receive positive feedback on our services. We are honoured that many client families we served in the past, consider themselves a part of our extended family.
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Below are some testimonials and comments from families we have had the privilege to serve. These extracts are used with the permission of the families we have served in our role as funeral directors.
Hi Luke and Amos
I would like to thank you both so much, for a most sensitive and private service you both were involved in delivering for my Mum. The service and a cuppa with Mum, I will cherish these memories forever. Thank you also to Sophia for her kindness and compassion to me. Regards Sylvia
Luke and Amos, Thank you for everything you have done. You both went above and beyond and we could never thank you both enough for all the love and care you put into Gerald's beautiful send off.
- Lots of Love; Beth, Leisa, Kandis and Sharl xxx
We could never find the words to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Luke & Amos and their entire staff for the care, love, support and guidance given to our family when we lost our beautiful mum. We didn't have to think of anything, they just organised everything with precise detail. Mum's flowers were truly magnificent! A sight to behold. It's the little touches that are so very important at such a difficult time in your life. Coming to see mum for the last time with Hail Mary Gentle Woman playing softly in the background gave us such great comfort. A rosary card was placed in her hands. We must have mentioned mum's dedication and love of the Rosary so it was so touching and consoling to say our final goodbye knowing she was in the best possible hands.
Such a professional and caring team.
We will be forever grateful. Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts.
The Ross Family
On behalf of the family and myself I'd like to extend our most heartfelt thanks for taking care of James and for the wonderful service that was made possible to honour James.
- Sharni Young
Dear Luke, Amos and Sophia,
On behalf of Norah's family and friends thank you so much for a lovely service on Tuesday. Norah would have been honoured and somewhat embarrassed at all the attention but would have truly loved her sending off.
She has always loved Christchurch for the happy memories of christenings, weddings and community and it didn't disappoint.
The flowers were beautiful and the graveside ceremony was so much better than we imagined. And thanks for the reassurance beforehand! The photo montage worked perfectly at the 'afterwards' reception and people were able to look at it at their leisure.
We are hoping that it will be some time before we have to contact you again professionally but we do appreciate your efforts for Mollie Pickering, Dad and Mum.
- Barbara McPhee
Dear Luke, Amos, Maria and all, It's difficult to find the right words at this time but, from the bottom of my heart, "Thank you" for the wonderful way you conducted John's funeral. Your love and professionalism shone through but there was also compassion and caring. I will never forget his farewell. Love to you all.
- Margaret Potts
Luke, Amos and family, where do I begin? You are the very best, I would not trust my loved ones with anyone else, ever! I cannot express my thankfulness and praise enough, you were so wonderful with my mum, my bestie and well, everyone, who has been fortunate enough to have you take such wonderful care of their loved ones at such difficult times. We are so grateful and love you all so much, nothing is left to chance in the wonderful farewells you have given to all of my loved ones. Much love always x
- Cecily Latter
Many thanks Amos.
We were so very pleased with all of the flowers; they were so beautiful. Mum would have loved them.
I just wanted to say, the care and services you, Luke & Luke's Mum provided for myself and my family at such a sad & difficult time were just amazing. There was nothing more we could think of that you all could have done to make the process of laying Mum to rest any easier for us all. For that we are all truly grateful. Kind regards,
- Linda Moylan
Thanks for everything,
we are entirely happy with how dad's funeral went
and support we have received from you and your staff since dad passed.
Having never dealt with a funeral company before, I was surprised how little I had to worry about.
I would have no hesitation recommending you or using your services again if and when the need arises.
- Deirdre Chadwick
Jono, Andrew and myself don't know how to thank you enough!!
You need to be proud of yourself and the whole crew!
You have the ability to do what you do like no other . Thankyou so much a million times over x
- Crystle Crossley
Dale and I can't thank you enough, Luke your whole family including your self
gave Dale's brother a wonderful service
we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.xx
- Donna Moxey
Now safe with mum, A beautiful tribute Luke ,Amos & staff
Much love Amanda , Scott butson & family xx
- Amanda Pace
A recent facebook conversation:
I believe that one of the most comforting decisions you will ever make at a time of such heartache and loss is to entrust those you love in to the hands of those who truly care.
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Such beautiful words. We appreciated everything you did for us. Such compassion love and care from you and Amos is priceless.
and for me and mine ..ONLY THE BEST WILL DO ...
Beautifully said luke xxxx
All true Luke Apthorpe. Well said
I fully agree with what Sue Lucas said. You do far more than you have to xxxx
Dee Phelps Threlfo
Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel for you and your work family. You all made a tragic time easier with your love,care and understanding. We would not have made it without you xxxxx forever grateful xxxx
Yep Ditto with Everyone... Thanks Mate :-)
This is the exact reason I chose you Luke and Amos for my Dad, it's his birthday today and reading what you just wrote has put the first real smile on my face, I hope you are all very proud of yourselves for the care and comfort you give our community as you all deserve every happiness.. xxx
Very true. But it's very comforting to know you have entrusted your love one with the most caring respectful and considerate people in the business.
You. Are. The. Best Luke
Would not have, trust or have any one else in the whole world other than Luke and his wonderful staff to look after my loved ones in times of need! You are THE BEST Luke, no one else comes close! love and thanks always xxxxx
I could not have asked for more better people to take care of my mum even if there was anyone , most funeral directors just see dollar signs but you and Amos see a human who has passed and a grieving family , your both kind hearted and amazing people , and I class both of you as family , thank you so much Craig Davis for introducing us to these amazing precious people 💕
Thank you everyone for your positive and kind words on the caring service we wholeheartedly provide. You probably haven't even realised this but your experiences as described in your comments will also help others who read them when others are confronted with a loss they will hopefully remember these encouraging comments and choose a funeral service provider very wisely and allow us to care for them also.
Today was absolutely perfect , mum looked so beautiful , thank you so much Luke & Amos for everything you have done and are still doing , xx
Luke & Amos definately went above and beyond today, I cannot recommended them enough, we laid my beautiful mother to rest in Gods arms today, I just can't believe I had to say goodbye, I wish you were still here mummy, I love and miss you so much, thank you to everyone who actually came, and thank you to everyone for helping with the food, tea & coffee for the get together after the funeral, I appreciate it so much, I definately gained two more family members (Luke & Amos) 💕
Allana Boyd (Lana Janee) - Cessnock
Luke and Amos would of made sure she rested with the angels and they are both amazing only the best for your mum xx I was there huny watching from a far I didnt want to intrude the balloons were beautiful just like your mum xx
Thank you Luke & Amos & thank you to your amazing staff. You are such a professional & dedicated team! Thank you for your caring & respectful attitude that you always show to our grieving families & friends that we touch in our community. It doesn't go unnoticed!
Annette Hansen (Civil Celebrant) - Dora Creek
Thank you Amos, Luke, Dianne and staff, The comfort offered to our family during this impossible time was amazing, Ryan's funeral was perfect. Amos went above and beyond what we expected, the details and care is indescribable. Words can not express the gratitude.
Luke and Amos and the team went above and beyond to make a day dedicated to my precious nan the most incredible day. They took great care of not only her, but myself and my family as well. The funeral home is calming and warm, exactly what you need in a difficult time. Annette was also the cherry on the ice cream, with her beautiful, personalised words, comfort and support. Nan was such a special woman, and her "send off" was just as special. All because of Luke, Amos, Annette and their team! Thank you thank you thank you!
Freya Atkinson - Kurri Kurri
Memories to last a lifetime, special details at every step of the process, love and support flowing for us, a sense of peace given. We will never be able to thank you enough Luke, Amos and team. Yes, we DO feel part of the Apthorpe family! If you don't have these beautiful people care for your lost loved one, you are doing them an injustice. No one could do it better. Thank you so very much xxx
Thanks Luke and Amos for sharing 'behind the scenes'. I was wondering what it might look like where mum was being looked after. Cannot thank you enough for taking care of her, providing her with the dignity and respect she deserves. This has allowed all of us to be together in grief and support each other. Something she very much wanted... Thanks boys xx
Mums 2 honour services were just perfect today. Perfect day for a perfect person. Perfect weather, perfect funeral directors Amos Warner and Luke Apthorpe, perfect celebrant Annette, perfect flowers Sharlene Pickering and Auntie Bren. Kurri hospital flag at half mast in mum's honour (Luke took mum for a little spin past the hospital for one last time on her way to her services- thank you so much Luke).
Toni Atkinson - Kurri Kurri
Need to say this!!!! Luke, you are AMAZING!! and Amos as well!!! True gentlemen. You guys are second to none!!! Beautiful humans inside & out! Absolutely love your work (& you too ) & super proud 2 call you my friends.
Beautiful facilities, you can relax and feel comfortable in your surroundings! You have done an amazing job, beautiful and professional with love and care thrown in. I would not hesitate to recommend you to a family wanting someone to take care of their loved one...Thankyou to you and all your wonderful staff..xxxx
Absolutely amazing. Personal touches and professionalism.
Jess Stephens - Cessnock
Best experience ever nice people to deal with amos luke and team are great
Tony Roarty - Cliftleigh
Luke, Amos, Diane and staff were kind, compassionate, understanding and incredibly professional. Nothing was too much trouble. Not that I hope to be having to need their services again anytime soon. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to contact them. Thank-you Apthorpes, you made and incredibly hard task less of a burden xx
Melonie O'Brien - Singleton
I highly recommend Luke Apthorpe and Family to take care of your loved ones !! So compassionate and caring !!!
Highly recommended this business, they have gone above and beyond for our family, truly genuine and kind hearted people, thank you for all you have done!
We have so many people to thank for helping us organise the funeral and appreciate everyone who gave up their time away from their work to help make it special. Luke Apthorpe and Amos Warner were truly wonderful and worked day and night to make it happen. I couldn't recommend Luke Apthorpe funerals and Al la mode florist enough( like and share their page people).
Georgina Johnston (Grine) - Maitland
Such a big Thank you to Di at Luke Apthorpe! Has to be one of the most kindest, caring and compassionate person i have come across in the Funeral Industry! I can't thank you enough for your time and your knowledge about the industry! Thank you so so much!!
A family that go above and beyond to reach out and help in the midst of our tragedies. Service that goes beyond any expectations and a blessing to a whole community. Heartfelt thanks for all that you do.
Paul and Suzy Conicella - Kurri Kurri
I recently lost my partner and luke and his lovely family made my partners last goodbye so much easier they are so caring and supportive and are very dedicated to providing the best service possible and they do it with such heart , it's important to pick the right people to do a very special job and each and every staff member has definitely found what they are supposed to be .You are all very special people and i will never forget what you have done for my family and I would definitely recommend you to everyone thank you again xx
Stacey Sampson Bridge - Cessnock
I couldn't sing enough praises for Luke, Amos and their team. Thank you so much for your love and care of our family during such a hard time. It is so comforting to know someone who cares is looking out for the family's best interests. You do such an amazing job to make families feel cared for in their time of need & with such personalised care. You are such a valuable person in our community & we are so very grateful to have had you by our sides.
Ashleigh McDonald -
We already knew what beautiful people Luke and Amos are but when we had to say goodbye to such a beautiful special person in our family they were so supportive and caring. When things in life take an awful turn it's a little easier to know that someone who cares as much is there standing right beside you. X
My family and I would like to thank all the staff for the caring way you looked after our family. From the days leading up to our fathers funeral to the day of the funeral and even after the funeral. The flowers were absolutely stunning. You are truly amazing people. We have no hesitation in recommending your business to anyone.
David & Cathy Brown Anna & Warren Wynands and their family's - Kurri Kurri
Luke has helped us on several occasions. It is comforting to have a fellow AFDA member that is always willing to assist, that network is good to rely on. I would recommend any member, if they need help to give Luke a call.
Nicolas Maurer - Maurer Family Funerals - Chatswood
The position of Luke Apthorpe & Family Funeral Directors, incorporating Luke Apthorpe Monumental & Stone and Luke Apthorpe À La Mode Floral Boutique is one of compassion, service and integrity. Highly recommend!
Leon and Adam
To Luke and Amos,
Thank you for your comfort and support in such a hard time. Mum would have been so pleased with everything.
Marlee McCrohon - Dalwood
To Luke and Amos,
We would like to thank you personally for the regard and consideration given to us during Mum's funeral. Whilst we realise that your professionalism was to the fore, we also believe that your support during this time of grief went far beyond other services.
In the Lord's Grace.
Sharon and Graham Smith - Kurri Kurri
To Luke and Amos,
We would like to personally thank you for the magnificent flowers that you provided for Mum's casket. We know that she is now with the angels above, singing your praises highly, for granting her wish for red roses (and no gerberas!)
Sharon and Graham Smith - Kurri Kurri
Luke is a very dedicated and passionate funeral director and his organization is a credit to him. I would highly recommend Luke and his staff in your time of need.
You guys have explained the details so well. Many families are misled by information on TV,
so it's great to know the options.
Amazing Luke and Amos, although I am not surprised - you guys are two of the most meticulous people I think I have met. The quality in your premises is outstanding and it shows how much you would cherish the families you serve, such a great eye for detail. Well done x
Belinda Crossingham - Taree
To Luke and Amos,
Thank you for the lovely service you gave mum, I know she was in caring hands. Thank you Luke for making mum look so peaceful when we came to see her. I can not say thank you enough to your wonderful staff it made mum's passing more bearable. I know God is looking after her. She was a good mum.
Thanking all, Our love from
Joy and the Metcalfe family - Kurri Kurri
To Luke and Amos,
Because you're very thoughtful, this note is simply sent,
to thank you and to let you know how much your kindness meant.
With Sincere Thanks,
From Robin, Grant and Pat Bowden - Coal Point
To Luke Apthorpe & Family Funeral Directors,
It is with much appreciation and gratitude we thank you, for your continuing kind and caring support you extend to us as we make our way through these sad times and also for your help to create the beautiful farewell for our much loved son and brother "Patrick Luke O'Rourke", it is the love and pride that fills our hearts that help us through each and everyday.
Yours most sincerely,
Christine O'Rourke, on behalf of the O'Rourke family - Weston
To the great staff of Luke Apthorpe & Family Funerals,
We would like to thank all the staff for the kindness and support you all have shown in regards to my father Neville Harris. Everything you did was greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much,
Rod Harris and Les Young - Kurri Kurri
Dear Luke and Staff,
I cannot seem to find the words to express my gratitude and appreciation in the professional and heartfeltway you all helped our family with Dad's funeral. You all became a part of the family and you took care of the family as if we were your own! I just want to thank you all for your warmth, wisdom, and absolute professionalism and expertise within your line of work, Dad would have been proud of his send off as much as the rest of the family was. Thank you again, the day wouldn't have been what it was without you, it was something we will never forget and it was a beautiful send off for a man we loved so dearly.
Kristie Heath and Family - Rutherford
To Luke and Amos,
My brother Loth, Mum and myself would like to thank you so very much for your kind words, your compassion, your dedication and your sympathy of losing our dad and husband Peter Nowak, you bunch are an amazing team. Thank you again.
From the Nowak family and Thorne family - Speers Point
To Luke & Staff,
Thank you so much for the special care you showed us in getting our little angel's ashes to her final resting place. What was probably a simple task for you meant so much to us. You helped turn another difficult time into an experience which gave us all so much peace of mind.
Jess, Joanne, Noreen & family.
Dear Luke, and staff,
Thank you for your professionalism, kindness, support and love.
Gwen Grant's family - Cessnock
To Luke & Family,
On behalf of the family’s Meadows & Young, the day was exceptional, we couldn’t wish for a better funeral on behalf of Phyllis Meadows, Kind Regards.
Kay Young - Buchanan
A special thankyou to Amos for his compassion & kindness shown to us. Thank you to yourself & staff for the dignified manner in which Alison’s service was performed. It is greatly appreciated by our family. God Bless.
Clyde & Kath Mitchell - Cessnock
Dear Luke, Amos & all,
I write to thank you and your team for the wonderful work that you did on behalf of our mum Beryl Penny. From the first contact that was made with you to the very end of the process – you have all been terrific. You made a very sad and difficult time for us that much easier to bear.
Words cant adequately express how very pleased we were with all of the arrangements, but more than that it was the kindness, courtesy and care shown towards us that meant the most. It was particularly heart warming to have Mr Alex Bevan present given his friendship and long relationship with our family. Please accept and pass on our thanks and gratitude to your team.
Warm regards from
Beryl’s daughters, Dianne, Susan, Linda and Catherine, Susan Stevenson - Elermore Vale
To Luke, Amos & the Staff,
Thank you for all your kindness and understanding in the death of my brother Allan Douglas, your help and consideration was truly appreciated. Sincerely,
Margaret McDonald - Mt Barker, S.A.