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Compassion & Fatigue Seminar

Posted 08 October 2012

Next month Creighton’s Funeral Service will be hosting a free seminar at Greenway to provide professionals with a greater understanding of the effects of compassion fatigue for carers.

The Compassion & Fatigue seminar will be held on Tuesday 30 October and is offered to professionals, who often work with carer’s (including clergy, nurses, social workers, aged care workers and counsellors), to guide people through caring for a dependent.

Guest speakers from The Salvation Army will provide insight into compassion fatigue (formerly known as traumatic stress disorder), provide information on how it is recognised and diagnosed, as well as identify how to manage symptoms as part of the healing process.

“Caregivers focus so much of their attention to ensuring that their dependents needs are met and often they forego practicing self-care in the process,” said Lee Caddis, General Manager of The Palmdale Group.

“The effects of compassion fatigue can cause pain and suffering. This seminar will educate professionals by highlighting how to recognise and manage the symptoms of compassion fatigue, as well as identify authentic and sustainable self care to promote and facilitate healing,” added Lee.

Professionals Seminar
Tuesday 30 October - 10am to 12pm.
Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens
To reserve your place phone 02 4324 1533 or email

Palmdale’s Wall of Contemplation

Posted 08 October 2012

Nestled amongst Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park’s beautiful gardens is a newly appointed Wall of Contemplation, designed as a platform for temporarily housing the ashes of loved ones.

Manager of The Palmdale Group, Lee Caddis, is excited to be launching the Wall of Contemplation and trusts it will be well received by visitors to the park.

“The Wall of Contemplation allows for families and friends to carefully consider the placement of their loved ones ashes, while having the peace of mind in knowing they are temporarily kept in a beautiful setting until the perfect location and time has been chosen.”

“Many families require time to reflect and consider a location or they may wish to wait for a special occasion and the Wall of Contemplation gives people the flexibility to do just that,” added Lee.

When the time does come, there are many memorial options available at both Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park and Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens with the opportunity to select memorials that are as special and unique as the person they pay tribute to.

Individual memorials are available, as well as spaces for couples and families. An interactive website, ‘Guide to Memorials’, has recently been launched featuring informative webisodes discussing the different type of memorials, memorials for babies, funeral plans and everything in between.

For more information on the Wall of Contemplation or Memorials please visit or call 02 4362 1203.

Father’s Day Sausage Sizzle at Palmdale

Posted 28 August 2012

Sunday 2 September marks Father’s Day and to commemorate, Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park will hold a free sausage sizzle for visitors to the park from 8am to midday.

Gosford North Rotary Club will host the event with volunteers from the Club donating their time.

The spectacular setting of Palmdale attracts hundreds of people on Father’s Day who wish to pay tribute and visit the memorials of their fathers, grandfathers and the other special men who have been part of their lives.

“As one of the park’s busiest days of the entire year, Father’s Day at Palmdale offers an opportunity for guests to relax and enjoy the special day in a beautiful setting,” said Lee Caddis, Manager of The Palmdale Group.

“The Gosford North Rotary Club has been working with us on this project for a number of years to make each visitor’s day brighter by providing a bite to eat. We are grateful for their ongoing support and generosity,” added Lee.

The Palmdale Group will make a donation to Gosford North Rotary Club for their contribution.

Open Day at Palmdale

Posted 28 August 2012

Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park have scheduled an Open Day this October where the park will be open to the general public.

Members of the community will be invited to attend the Open Day which will provide the opportunity to tour through the beautiful gardens and surroundings at the Park, walk through the cafe and chapels, as well as get a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the crematorium.

“We have planned an Open Day in October to offer interested community members the opportunity to walk through our grounds, Chapels, function centre and cafe, as well as offer the chance for visitors to see our crematorium and understand the processes of a funeral,” explained The Palmdale Group’s Lee Caddis.

“Our friendly staff will be on hand to offer advice, information and guidance or to answer any questions that perhaps you have wanted to ask for some time,” added Lee.

Guided tours will take place throughout the day explaining the various options, processes and services that are in place at the Central Coast’s most reputable crematorium and memorial park.

The Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park Open Day will be held in October 2012 with a date and time to be confirmed shortly.

The Palmdale Group purchases Park in Dubbo

Posted 06 August 2012

The Palmdale Group is thrilled to announce its recent expansion in Dubbo following the purchase of The Western District Memorial Park.

Founded on the Central Coast in 1843 and having provided funeral care for almost 170 years, The Palmdale Group is eager to use their wealth of experience and knowledge to manage Dubbo’s Western District Memorial Park.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for The Palmdale Group to continue to follow its success on the Central Coast and expand within another region in New South Wales,” said Brad Kennedy, Manager of The Palmdale Group.

“We have a trusted name and have earned a reputation for integrity and commitment to meeting the needs of the families who we serve. We are looking forward to utilising our years of experience and wide scope of knowledge in the Central Coast market to ensure the Western District Memorial Park is operating at its highest potential.”

As a heritage business on the Central Coast, The Palmdale Group has built a solid reputation amongst the local community and is recognised for supporting local businesses, residents and community leaders.

“We are looking forward to bringing these values of integrity and community to Dubbo and trust that our commitment to the local community will see us succeed, just as it has here on the Central Coast,” added Brad.

The Palmdale Group’s Central Coast facilities are renowned for their spectacular settings and have been recognised for their picturesque landscaped gardens and water features, collecting major prizes at prestigious Garden Competitions.

“Palmdale and Greenway boast magnificent garden settings of which we are extremely proud. We devote considerable care and maintenance to them and we are elated to be able to use our skills to restore the natural beauty of the Dubbo cemetery,” said Brad.

At this stage The Palmdale Group’s improvements to The Western District Memorial Park will evolve gradually and will reflect the best interests of the local community.

The Western District Memorial Park is located on Boothenba Road Dubbo NSW 2830.

Creighton’s Sponsorship sends burns victims to camp

Posted 06 August 2012

Thanks to sponsorship from Creightons Funeral Service, the Central Coast Burns Survivor Support Group (CCBSSG) was able to send its members and burns survivors to Camp Phoenix for a four day weekend of fun.

Creightons Funeral Service annually sponsors the Central Coast based group that aims to provide a secure network for burns survivors and their families, with $10,000 donated to the inspiring cause every year.

Former Zone Commander for the Central Coast NSW Fire Brigade and founder of the CCBSSG, Keith King, is greatful for the sponsorship that allows him to positively change the lives of others.

“Camp Phoenix is a wonderful opportunity for burns survivors and their families to gain support and share understanding in an environment filled with togetherness, inspiration and encouragement.”

“The camp gives individuals a chance to restore self-belief and build confidence, which is why I make the decision to use the majority of our sponsorship money on sending people to this camp.”

“Without Creightons Funeral Service this would not be possible and I thank them for their generous contribution which in turn touches so many lives,” added Keith.

This year’s camp was held from July 27 to 30 at the beautiful Tangalooma Island Resort in Queensland where members participated in a range of fun activities and interacted with other camp guests.

Lee Caddis, General Manager of the Palmdale Group is thrilled to learn how the Creightons Funeral Service sponsorship contributes to the CCBSSG.

“It is very rewarding to learn that our financial assistance allows burns survivors and their families to attend a well deserved holiday at Camp Phoenix.”

“We are proud to be supporting such a fantastic cause that is vital to the Central Coast and continually improves the lives of others,” added Lee.

The CCBSSG meets on the first Thursday of every month at Mingara Recreation Club, visit

The Palmdale Group to Relay for Life

Posted 29 May 2012

The Cancer Council’s Relay For Life is coming to the Coast and members of The Palmdale Group will be putting on their joggers to take part.

Relay For Life is a community event where teams of 10 to 15 people participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council. The event brings the whole community together for a night of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance.

The Central Coast Relay For Life event is organised by Mingara Recreation Club and will be held on 13 October 2012 at Mingara’s Gatorade Regional Athletics Track, Tumbi Umbi.

“Statistics show that one in every two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point, so the Relay for Life is an important event fundraising for the Cancer Council, to enable them to continue their vital research, prevention and treatment of cancer,” explained The Palmdale Group’s Lyn Parkes.

“Myself and a team of staff are taking up the challenge to participate in the Relay for Life. Cancer touches so many of us in some way and we want to come on board to help make a difference.”

“We urge our supporters and community members to join us or simply make a donation at our fundraising page.”

“We would love to see you join our team and come on board for this great community event. The more the merrier!” added Lyn.

The Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Their groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has saved thousands of lives.

To join The Palmdale Group team or pledge a donation, please click here to visit the fundraising page.

Launching Cherished One Website

Posted 23 May 2012

Creightons Funeral Service in association with The Salvation Army is delighted to launch, an informative website designed to assist people in dealing with the loss of a loved one.

The website provides a one stop portal of information for people who are experiencing or expecting the passing of a friend or family member. It also features a simple step by step guide on the processes of organising a funeral.

Cherished One is a complete guide to assist people deal with the loss of a loved one and provides information on pre-planning and care giving for those who may be expecting the passing of a loved one, but also information on saying goodbye, dealing with bereavement and helping ensure that they can be remembered forever,” explained Creightons Funeral Services’ Lyn Parkes.

The website is the first of its kind providing step by step guides, support services, easy to watch videos as well as a variety of memorialisation options all at the click of a mouse. “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean forgetting. We continue to help thousands of Central Coast families cherish their loved ones, turning their loss into a beautiful lasting legacy and this website is a step towards making this as easy as possible,“ added Lyn.

The Cherished One website can be found at For 24/7 assistance call the Creightons Funeral Service Careline on 02 4324 1533 or for more information email

Free seminar to assist with losing a loved one

Posted 23 May 2012

The Cancer Council is hosting a free Seminar, Loss - Help & Hope, presented by The Palmdale Group, to provide members of the community with support and assistance following the loss of a loved one.

“This Seminar will equip individuals who have experienced loss with a greater understanding of the grieving process and the various stages it encompasses, as well as providing them with the relevant tools to overcome loss and begin healing,” said Sandra Shorrock, Community Networks Coordinator at The Cancer Council.

The Seminar is proudly presented by The Palmdale Group and will provide information and resources for families and friends who may have experienced or are expecting the loss of a loved one, as well professionals who often work with recently bereaved individuals. The day will also feature presentations by health professionals, members of the clergy and experts in their respective fields.

“Our guest speakers will offer a combination of both their first hand experiences of dealing with loss and their professional insights into helping bereaved individuals to move forward.”

“Our guests will be provided with refreshments on arrival, lunch and a package of information to assist them on their journey following the loss of a loved one.”

The Loss - Help & Hope Seminar will be held on Tuesday 19 June, from 10am to 2pm at Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens - 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point. Attendance is free. RSVP’s are requested by telephone on 02 4324 1533 or by email to

The Salvation Army Grief & Loss Seminars

Posted 4 May 2012

The Salvation Army will host two free seminars in May on behalf of Creightons Funeral Service, which will shed light on the complex and emotional grieving process.

The first seminar, Understanding Grief & Loss, will be held on Tuesday 22 May and is for members of the public who have recently lost a loved one, or who are supporting someone who is grieving. “The death of a loved one whether anticipated or not, is one of the most stressful experiences that one will encounter during life. Grief is our response to this loss and is a normal, natural and healthy response,” said The Salvation Army Counselling Service’s Margaret Welch, who will be hosting the event.

In addition to the public seminar, The Salvation Army will host an event on Tuesday 29 May designed to assist professionals who often work with recently bereaved people (including clergy, nurses, social workers and school counsellors) to guide people under their care through the grieving process.

Both the public and professionals seminars are free to attend:

Public Seminar:
Tuesday 22 May - 10am to 11.30am
Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens

Professionals Seminar
Tuesday 29 May - 10am to 11.30am
Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens

RSVPs are requested by telephone on 02 4324 1533, or by email to

Mother’s Day at Palmdale

Posted 4 May 2012

Mother’s Day marks a day of celebration to honor our mothers and celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. This also marks a busy day at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park, as families come to remember and pay tribute to those women in their lives who they have lost.

This Mother’s Day on Sunday 13 May, Palmdale will be offering free pancakes, tea & coffee to all visitors to the park from 8am to 12pm. Volunteers from North Gosford Rotary will be preparing and serving the refreshments and the Palmdale Group are pleased to have their ongoing support on this day each year.

Please join us this Mother’s Day for morning tea and a light refreshment and make it a special day to remember.

Anzac Day Services at Palmdale and Greenway

Posted 29 March 2012

With Anzac Day just around the corner, why not consider spending your day with us. The serene natural environments of Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park at Ourimbah and Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens at Green Point are fitting settings to commemorate and pay respect to the memory of our fallen service men and women.

There will be full memorial and wreath laying services conducted at both Palmdale and Greenway by local celebrant Mr Graham Crossing. All are welcome to join us for this significant national event.

Details of services:
Monday 25 April 2012
Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park
Palmdale Rd
Palmdale (Ourimbah)
Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens
460 Avoca Drive
Green Point
Complimentary morning tea will follow each of the services.

Community Business Card Wall

Posted 29 March 2012

Creightons is pleased to announce that they will be launching a business community wall in their function centre at Palmdale. The community wall is designed to give a number of local organisations an opportunity to promote their business via business card swaps.

Lyn Parkes, Funeral Services Manager at The Palmdale Group, said “we have personally targeted a number of supporting organisations that we felt our customers would be interested in.”
“The community wall initiative we developed earlier this year has provided us with the opportunity to build great relationships with local businesses and our walls have been growing quite quickly,” she added.

Some of the Central Coast businesses to participate in the community wall include Caravan & RV Accessories, The Mobility Centre, Nurses Now, Drummond Golf, Aussie Home Loans, Guaranteed Rent, Rapid Clean, Ultra Tune and Retirement Village Lawyer.

Central Coast Burns Survivor Support Group celebrates their one year Anniversary

Posted 06 March 2012

The Central Coast Burns Survivor Support Group (CCBSSG) is celebrating their first Anniversary of providing important support for local burns survivors and their families.

Creightons Funeral Service is delighted to offer their assistance once again as the support group's official sponsor, donating $10,000 in celebration of the milestone.

“Without the support from Creightons our group would not have been able to achieve so much in our first year. We are extremely thankful for what they have provided us with,” said Keith King CCBSSG Founder.

“It is because of their generous donations that we have been able to send our members to Camp Phoenix, a national support camp for children that have survived varying degrees of burns, and hold inspirational meetings each month for our members and their families,” added Keith.

CCBSSG hold monthly meetings at Mingara Recreation Club on the first Thursday of each month, providing burns survivors and their families an opportunity to share their stories, meet with people in a similar situation and gain access to relevant information and services available to them.

“We are so proud to be associated with such a valuable support group and it is great to see our contribution making a difference in the lives of Central Coast families that have been effected in such a horrific way,” said Lee Caddis, General Manager of The Palmdale Group.

Justice of the Peace available

Posted 06 March 2012

To assist our local community, we are pleased to announce that we now have a Justice of the Peace available free of charge five days a week.

Our friendly, helpful JPs will be available to the public to certify documents, witness signatures, administer oath declarations, take statutory declarations and affirmations.

The service is available to all members of the community Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm at Palmdale and Greenway offices.

For more information on this great service, contact the Palmdale Lawn Cemetery & Memorial Park on (02) 4362 1203 or Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens on (02) 4369 2013.

Tranquility is key for Palmdale

Posted 09 February 2012

Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park has introduced a new premium burial lawn, Tranquility, which has been designed to maintain a private and peaceful atmosphere for the commemoration of loved ones. Close to the calming creek, Tranquility is separate from Palmdale's main burial lawn areas and is immaculately landscaped with a majestic camellia hedge at its entrance. Every burial site in this premium burial lawn features a bronze plaque placed on a black granite base, with beautiful iceberg roses blooming at each end of beams. The burial lawn offers a serene and undisturbed setting in which family and friends can reflect quietly and remember those closest to them and is a welcome edition to Palmdale's picturesque gardens. If you enjoy the beautiful gardens offered at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park and Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens, make sure you like the Palmdale Garden Club page on Facebook! Just search 'Palmdale Garden Club' and click like or click here and stay up to date with our garden news and tips!

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