Long-established North Shore funeral business Dils Funeral Services has moved to the Coast, opening up a new chapel and reception lounge in Waiora Road, Stanmore Bay.
The former Presbyterian church has been completely renovated throughout and transformed into a light, bright and beautiful space with expansive views over the northern bays. The high-ceilinged chapel can seat up to 120 people and features floor-to-ceiling windows and a stunning contemporary chandelier-style light feature. There is an adjoining professional kitchen and reception area, as well as a viewing room, guest lounge and plenty of parking. The building has been decorated in cool whites and greys with natural wood and blue highlights and artworks, giving a relaxed coastal feel with plenty of light and space.
Looking after the new chapel is funeral director Carl Dooley, who has been with Dils for 12 years. He says Dils has handled lots of funerals for Hibiscus Coast families at its chapel in Albany’s Schnapper Rock Road, and he is looking forward to providing the same service in Stanmore Bay.
“We’re quite proud of our standards and the way we do things,” he says. “All our funeral directors are fully trained and qualified. We think we’ve created quite a special place here, overlooking the water. We’re ready to go and hope to become part of the community.”
Dils Funeral Services has been running for more than 60 years in Birkenhead and Albany, offering a full funeral home service, including its own crematorium.
Managing director Stephen Dil says being able to do everything that’s needed, from embalming to catering to cremation, helps to take pressure off grieving families.
“We have everything on hand and are able to respond quickly. But the family is in charge. We don’t tell you what a funeral should look like, it’s all about what’s important and valuable to you, your traditions and wishes,” he says. “No request is too out there, services can be anything you want them to be – you’re only limited by time and your imagination.”