Planning a Funeral

Key Points

  • Check for a Will, pre-paid funeral or funeral insurance/bond. Also for Birth, Marriage and Citizenship Certificates.
    • Be informed of the many options available before selecting a funeral director.
    • Request a quote with a breakdown of costs over the phone so you can compare the services offered by a funeral director.
    • Take a family member/s or friend with you when speaking with a funeral director, to help ask questions about options and costs, and assist with making difficult decisions.
    • Most importantly, you should feel comfortable with the funeral director, and be reassured they understand the type of funeral you want to arrange.

Viewing of the Deceased

People sometimes have difficulty making a decision regarding a viewing of the deceased as they are experiencing mixed feelings.  They may be fearful as they have never seen a deceased person before, and they are concerned they will be disturbed by what they…

What To Take To A Funeral Director

Issues that can be discussed include: Burial or cremation of the deceased person The day, time and venue of the service Who will conduct the service (celebrant or clergy) Whether to have a viewing The coffin or casket Personalising options for the service…

Choosing a Funeral Director

Funeral directors play a critical role in planning and carrying out a funeral service, in accordance with your instructions.  They have the knowledge and experience to assist families to understand the funeral options available, and to explain the different funeral services and product…

Do I need a Funeral Director?

A funeral is an important occasion for family and friends to honour the life of the deceased person, and to share their grief. In all Australian states it is not illegal for an individual to organise a funeral, burial or cremation, themselves, as…

Who has the right to decide on the funeral arrangements?

However, where a disagreement arises as to these arrangements, there are two major points of reference that determine who has the ultimate right to act on behalf of the deceased.  It will be necessary to refer to the deceased’s Will to determine if…

What are your funeral service options?

A funeral service is a traditional and symbolic way of expressing religious beliefs, personal thoughts and feelings about the death of a family member.  It is a time for family and friends to come together to express the love and respect they feel…

Pre-paid or Pre-Arranged?

This may take the form of a written Will, or a pre-paid funeral plan, pre-arranged funeral plan, funeral insurance, funeral bond or a pre-purchased burial plot or cremation site. The deceased’s important papers may be kept within any of the following: Personal belongings…