Karrakatta Chapels & Facilities
Part of making arrangements for a funeral service is giving families and friends the opportunity to say farewell together – this may be a celebration of life, an honouring of memories or simply and opportunity to gather together to reflect upon the life of a loved one.
Many families don’t realise that cremation services at MCB cemeteries, regardless of whether you have booked them to occur at a Funeral Director’s premises, actually include an allocation of chapel time at the cemetery.
The Karrakatta Chapels are comprised of the Norfolk, Brown and Dench Chapels.
As has been the tradition for well over 100 years, mourners congregate at the main driveway and then follow the hearse to the chapels. In addition to seating, each chapel has been designed to provide standing room at the rear. Multimedia screens are mounted in each chapel and, in the case of the largest chapel, the Norfolk, screens are also mounted externally.
If you would like to view any of the chapels, please contact our staff to arrange a time. Viewings are scheduled around existing funeral bookings.
A viewing room is provided should families wish to remain with the casket and witness its committal to the cremator. Please advise your funeral director in advance should you wish to utilise the viewing room.
Light food and refreshments are available at the Karrakatta Café. This café is located just inside the Railway Road main entrance. If you are planning to invite guests home for a post funeral wake, Karrakatta Café will be pleased to prepare food platters to collect after the service.
The classic Norfolk is the largest of the chapels, comfortably seating 96 people and another 114 standing. For very large funerals, additional space is available within a covered entry area with an external sound system. The Norfolk has a media gallery, organ loft and a quiet room as well as a spacious condolence lounge for receiving family and friends after the service.
Norfolk Condolence Lounge
The Norfolk Condolence Lounge has the largest capacity for mourners to gather after the service for light refreshments.
Norfolk Condolence Lounge
The mid-sized Brown Chapel at Karrakatta can comfortably accommodate 36 people seated, with an additional 104 standing in the chapel. For larger funerals, additional space is available in a covered area outside the chapel along with an external sound system. An adjacent Condolence Lounge completes the facilities.
Brown Condolence Lounge
The Brown Lounge flows from the Brown Chapel to accommodate mourners for light refreshments after the service.
For smaller funerals, the Dench Chapel provides a more intimate ambience. It is ideal for up to 20 people seated with another 60 standing in the chapel. A covered area outside the chapel provides additional standing room, and a small Condolence Lounge is located adjacent.
Dench Condolence Lounge
The Dench Condolence Lounge caters for an intimate gathering after the service.
Adjacent to the indoor chapel complex is the beautiful Garden Chapel. This chapel provides a picturesque but private setting for families wishing to have an intimate service in the open air.