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FAQ’s About Funerals

The comments below aim at answering some of the unknown questions relating to funerals. If you have questions, we invite you to contact us so that you are well informed.

Burial Or Cremation – Who Chooses?

Usually the next of kin will make the decision after consultation with the family or they may already know the wishes of your loved one by having discussed it with them. A cremation permit cannot be issued unless written instructions have been made or next of kin/family are in acceptance.

Who sets the day and time of the funeral?

We will always work with you towards having the funeral held at a day and time that is suitable to the family. However there are many factors to be considered before a day and time can be guaranteed. We will liaise with the appropriate personnel (church, crematorium or cemetery venue) to determine availability and make the booking on your behalf.

With Cremation What Happens To The Coffin?

The rumours that the coffin is not burned and used again are totally without foundation. By law it is required that the coffin together with the body be cremated cremated. Only the nameplate is removed from the lid of the coffin to identify the ashes.

Is burial more expensive than cremation?

Normally a cremation will cost less than a burial. There may be some cases where a small country cemetery is used, or only interment fees are being paid, where this may not be true. Initial costs do not include memorialisation expenses, and normally memorialisation of cremated remains will be less expensive than the erection of a monument over a grave. There will be exceptions however.

What is the cost of a funeral?

Because there are so many styles of funerals, there is no one answer to that question. In general terms, a funeral that is more elaborate will cost more than one that is simple in its structure. When a funeral consultant meets with a client family they discuss the different options that are available, and it is up to the client family to select the most appropriate options to meet their needs. It is normal for the cemetery or crematorium costs, and the various disbursements (such as doctors fees, clergy or celebrant fees, registration costs, press notices, flowers, etc.) to be included in the one account, along with the funeral company fees.

Should you wish to obtain a fee proposal please visit the home page of our website and use our Quick Quote functionality.

What is the difference between a coffin and a casket?

In Australia the word coffin is normally used to describe a container for the deceased that is similar to body shape, that is, it is broader at the shoulders and narrower at the feet. Coffins normally have a removable lid and are made of wood. The word casket usually describes a rectangular container with a hinged lid. Caskets may be made from wood or metal.

 Viewing The Deceased – Yes Or No?

This decision is strictly personal. No one should be pressured to do so or be prevented from doing so if they wish. Some people find that viewing their loved one helps them to accept their loss and for others it is a time to say goodbye. Some families prefer not to view the body, opting to remember their loved one as they remember.

We have private facilities available for families wishing to pay their last respects.

Can We Put Things Inside The Coffin?

The simple answer is yes. Both adults and children find it helpful to place a note, card, photo, money, favourite book or other appropriate item in the coffin. Placing items inside the coffin is normally done at the viewing, however if a viewing is not required then we will see that the items are placed for you.

What Happens To The Flowers?

This is entirely the family’s decision. You may wish to leave the flowers at either the graveside, the crematorium or take them home. However if you would like the flowers taken to a nursing home or hospital we can arrange for this. Any cards accompanying flowers are removed and given to family.

Do We Have To Advertise The Funeral?

No. There is no legal requirement to advertise the funeral. However advertising the funeral is a simple and effective method of notifying those relatives and friends who you may have lost contact with over the years.

Do We Have To Have A Funeral Service?

No, but often it helps family and friends to pay their last respects and help in the mourning process by saying goodbye. For cost saving, families opt for a private burial or cremation and organise a Memorial Service.

Where Will We Go To After The Funeral Service?

After the funeral service many people find it helpful to gather together and share memories over Morning Tea, Lunch or Afternoon Tea either at their residence, church hall or Restaurant/Club. Some people choose to look after the catering themselves while others may have the food made for them. If you need assistance in finding a catering venue or someone who can just make the food for you, please ask us and we will provide you with some options.

Minister or Celebrant. Whats the difference?

Once again this is a personal decision if a minister or celebrant officiates at the funeral service. A celebrant is generally someone who takes the funeral service without a lot of prayers and bible readings and will take a totally non-religious service if directed to.

If you feel like you would like a minister to take to the funeral but haven’t been to church for a while, don’t let that stop you. Ministers are happy to officiate at funerals outside of the church either at the graveside or a chapel.

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