Ethnic and Cultural Services
Allison Monkhouse Ethnic and Cultural Services are for families who are after a distinct type of funeral service or are from a non-English speaking background with specific traditional and cultural requirements.
Our specialist services include sustainable funerals and services by women, and we are an industry leader in international repatriation. We cater for Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Indian and French funerals, and have many strong relationships with governments and funeral directors overseas. We are the best choice to assist with repatriating a loved one to any part of the world, having experience with every continent.
Vietnamese, Cambodian & Laotian Funerals
Mr. Lap Thanh Mai, manager of the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian divisions, has been working with Allison Monkhouse since 1990. He truly understands both the cultural and religious needs of the Vietnamese community and those of the Cambodian and Laotian communities.
He also specialises in the repatriation of loved one from Australia to Vietnam and Cambodia, with more than ten years experience in this area.
Our specialist in Chinese funerals speaks several Chinese dialects fluently including Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka.
Allison Monkhouse has a number of chapels across Melbourne which can be used for viewings or funerals as required. We offer a large range of coffins and caskets designed to suit the budgets and needs of Chinese families.
Sri Lankan & Indian Funerals
In keeping with Sri Lankan and Indian traditions, Harvey Schuiling, who overseas this division, can arrange for Buddhist and Hindu priests from their respective temples to perform the family's religious and traditional rituals in one of our chapels, in the family's home, or in a crematorium chapel. Allison Monkhouse also arranges for cremated ashes to be collected by families to be interred at a cemetery or scattered by the family on an auspicious day and time.
Allison Monkhouse French Funerals is a service we offer families from French speaking countries who prefer to speak with a funeral consultant in French rather than English. Allison Monkhouse has had extensive experience with the general French community, as well as French Polynesians and many African families who predominantly speak French.