The What, When, How and Why Project- Cemeteries, Embalming and Repatriation



Cemeteries; for many, they’re stunning parks, places of eternal rest.  For others, they’re places of reflection, places where you can learn about ancestral accounts, based on loved ones buried there.  For many- they’re places they don’t like, nor do they like to visit them.  Cemeteries and Crematoria.  There are countless to visit or list in this information pack.  However below, is a list of the main cemeteries within Sydney and the suburbs around the city.  Many cemeteries conduct historical tours, and open days, inviting you to learn more information about their products and services at hand.  The Sydney Cemeteries – Complete Guide 2019, is a comprehensive listing of cemeteries, including their services and colourful images for you to see and read more about.  The guide may be accessed online at


Cemetery/Crematorium Address Telephone
Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park 12 Military Road, Matraville 9661 5655
Field of Mars Cemetery Quarry Road, Ryde 9805 0499
Liverpool Cemetery and Crematorium 207 Moore Street, Liverpool 9602 0344
Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium Cnr Delhi and Plassey Rd, Macquarie Park 1300 389 888
Rookwood General Cemetery 1 Hawthorne Avenue, Rookwood 8575 8100
Woronora Memorial Park 121 Linden Street, Sutherland 9545 4677

Embalming and Repatriation


Embalming.  It’s the process of preserving the human body after death, to delay decomposition- a craft and skill that has been practiced for thousands of years.  There are 2 types of Embalming- being Arterial and Cavity.  Solutions are used to preserve bodies, which are commonly a mixture of chemicals including; Formaldehyde, Glutaraldehyde, Methanol, Ethanol and Phenol.  Water and colorants are used to reduce pallor, and restore the appearance of the skin.  The initial step in the embalming process is surgical, where bodily fluids are removed from the body, and are replaced with Formaldehyde-based chemicals.  The cosmetic step follows, in which facial features are set, and the body is prepared for viewing by styling the hair and applying makeup.


Behind the skill, there is an extraordinary and demanding amount of training and theoretical components.  To achieve competency, subjects and modules must be completed in Occupational Health and Safety, Law and Regulations, Legal Mortuary Operations and Regulations, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Mathematics, etc.  Many people ask if they have to embalm their loved ones, when they pass away.  The answer is yes, if they choose to do so, no, if the body is not being repatriated or buried above ground.  For example burials in crypts or vaults.  Otherwise all bodies in preparation for burials and cremations, unless otherwise specified- are not embalmed.


If loved ones are to be buried interstate, overseas, or above ground, their bodies, by law– must be embalmed.  Repatriation is the terminology when a person is to be buried in a place other than where they passed away.  Interstate and Overseas laws and regulations share the same expectation, and requirement that all bodies being Repatriated must be embalmed correctly.  All policies, protocols and procedures must be adhered to, and completed paperwork and certification confirming the completed embalming process, sent abroad with the coffin- containing the embalmed body of the deceased.    All funeral directors must make contact with the funeral directors, the families have nominated abroad, and the corresponding embassies of the countries of destination, regarding the scheduled Repatriation notification.


Acropolis Funeral Services will guide you further with any questions or information you may need, about Repatriation.  The process is detailed, however we’re accustomed to Repatriating loved ones, to international destinations across the world regularly throughout the year.  Many people also ask us- if they may travel with their loved one to Greece for example.  The answer is yes.  Our families may board the same commercial flight abroad- as that of their loved one- who will be travelling in the cargo hull.  Upon arriving to the city of destination, the funeral director nominated there- will collect the coffin from the airport.  Contact will then be made, by the funeral director abroad to continue with the funeral and burial instructions as previously organized and arranged.