Funerals for Babies, Children and Teenagers

Key Points

  • For parents it is important that you take your time.  You will need to make a decision regarding how involved you wish to be in arranging your child’s funeral.
  • Your child is unique, so consider how to personalise their service to express their personality and their importance in your lives.
  • Speak to your funeral director about spending time with your child after they have died.
  •  Check for eligibility for assistance from government services.

Useful Links – Funerals for Babies, Children and Teenagers

Please note that these links may be subject to change over time. Government Links: Human Services – Eligibility for Parental Leave Pay Human Rights Commission – Know Your Facts – Indigenous Women and Pregnancy Discrimination Fair Work Ombudsman – Parental Leave and Related Entitlements…

Government Benefits

You should not need to fill out any forms if you were already receiving benefits. If you are entitled to a Bereavement Payment, you will need to submit a claim form, including Parental Leave Pay, Dad and Partner Pay, Stillborn Baby Payment, Newborn…

Stillbirths

The hospital staff, midwife or social worker will all assist and support you in your decisions, and respect your wishes.  It is very difficult to have to make painful decisions regarding funeral arrangements, and there is no need to rush to contact a…

Babies’ and Children’s Mementos

Even though your child is not with you physically, the parental feelings of love do not disappear, so mementos play a very important role in the remembering process.  It is important for the family to remember that parenthood is not measured by the…

Ideas for Personalising a Child’s Funeral Service

Many of the suggestions in this section can be organised by your funeral director, or alternatively, you can organise these yourself. Involving Brothers and Sisters:  Parents will need to decide whether to include their other children in the funeral service. It can be…

Spending Time with Your Child

This may occur in a hospital or palliative care environment, or at home. If you choose to have your child at home with you for a period of time, it is advisable to talk to a funeral director about changes that will occur…

Coffins and Caskets

You can choose from standard styles or have one customized to your liking. Options available include choice of materials such as solid wood, composite board, metal and cardboard. Most baby caskets come in white, symbolizing the innocence of the child who died, and…

Burial or Cremation

Burial  –  There are many reasons for choosing a burial. Burial is traditional within your family, religious belief, or geographical location. You may want to visit the grave in the future, and you may feel a cemetery more appealing than a columbarium at…

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…

Give Yourself Time

It is not the natural order of life for a child to die before their parents, and no parent is prepared for their child’s death.  The shock and disbelief can be overwhelming, particularly if the death occurred suddenly. Parents and siblings lives are…