• What Makes Us Different

The oldest family-run business in Sri Lanka.

Oldest family-run Funeral Directors in Sri Lanka.

First internationally recognized Funeral Directors Sri Lanka.

First to introduce modern methods of embalming in Sri Lanka.

First qualified embalmers in the East

First to obtain international Diplomas in funeral directing in Sri Lanka

First motorized funeral hearses in Asia

First to use a “Ranvisige” after the time of the Sinhala kings

First to introduce the concept of funeral parlours in Sri Lanka

First to import Volvo hearses to the East

The only Funeral Directors in the world to undertake work in a foreign country.

   4 Good Reasons...

(1) Tailor the funeral ceremony in ANY way you wish    Read More >

No matter how tailored, AFR is committed to helping you create that thoughtful and unique ceremony

  • Special unorthodox wishes of the deceased/ the family of the deceased
  • Formal/ informal tone
  • Grand/ simple ceremony
  • Burial service/ cremation

For generations, Sri Lankans have turned to us for comforting guidance after the loss of a loved one. We understand that a meaningful ceremony to honor the life and memory of a loved one is an important step in recovering from loss. Which is why such a ceremony can be anything you wish.

(2) Most number of Awards, Memberships & Certifications. Service at International Standards    Read More >


    • Member of the National Selected Morticians, U.S.A
      (now called Selected Independent Funeral Homes) since 1939.
    • Members of the International Federation of Thanatologists Associations (I.F.T.A.)
      an organization devoted to standardizing funeral practices worldwide.
    • Member of British Institute of Embalmers
    • Member of The Australian Institute of Embalming


  • Aubrey V. Raymond , Associate Member of the International Federation of Thanatopractic Associations (A.M.I.F.T.A.)
  • Maurice F.Raymond,

    Member of the British Institute of Embalmers
    Member of the Australian Institute of Embalming
  • Keith A. Raymond J.P.,

    Member of the British Institute of Embalmers
    Member of the Australian Institute of Embalming
    Diploma in Funeral Directing (National Association of Funeral Directors of the United Kingdom)
  • Shannon R.S. Raymond,

    Member of the Australian Institute of Embalming
    Member of the British Institute of Embalmers

Awards/ Commendations:

  • Certificate for Leadership through Effective Service an award bestowed by National Selected Morticians U.S.A, for adherence to the principles/practice of the code of good funeral practice, and dedicated service to the community.
  • Commendation from Metropolitan Police Service, dated 21st January 2005 at New Scotland Yard. Citation reads as follows ; “A.F.Raymond Ltd was commended by the Assistant Commissioner for exemplary professionalism and dedication to the international community and British Police Service following the Tsunami of the 26th December 2004 ”

(3) Reputation for innovation. Nothing is impossible for us in our endeavor to create the perfect ceremony, that will help you begin the healing process

(4) We are the only funeral directors in the world accredited to perform embalmings in a foreign country

We have pioneered many firsts in Sri Lanka and the world. Here are some interesting examples