Arranging Funerals

Arranging Funerals

The experience of losing a loved one through death is unique. It will touch and affect us all during our lives. It is a very touching and personal. You can not compare it with any other experience. It may come to a family member or a close friend. Thus far, it causes lots of pain and grief. So, it is important for everyone close to the deceasded person to take the opportunity to share the grief process.

A funeral ceremony is the opportunity to honour and reflect on the life of the deceased person. Thus, a funeral ceremony may have a religious orientation. It is a time to grieve with others too. So, it is important for the grieving family and friends. Thus, everyone should join this celebration as part of the mourning process.

Funeral Ceremony

A funeral is a ceremony that is the connection with the final disposition of a body. It can be a burial or cremation. Funeral creates the opportunity to express sanctified expression of love and care. Thus far, the ceremony may take many forms. So, there is no right or wrong way. Planning a meaningful funeral ceremony is a great way to make meaning of losing a loved one. Moreover, it is time to remember the moments and celebrate the life of the loved one. Thus, every culture marks death with a ritual or ceremony.

The funeral ceremony is important in helping family and friends to cope with the loss. Moreover, it helps heal the pain, and understand death. However, because of our society changes, some people may be losing the traditional meaning of funeral. The present-day, simple funerals do not incorporate meaningful ceremonies. Thus it lacks the opportunity to provide comfort to the family and friends which is present in more traditional ceremonies.

Making Funeral Arrangement

A meaningful funeral service may not require an enormous budget or a religious affiliation. It is important to look at practical essentials and emotional needs.

You must report the death to the proper authorities. They will begin the death certification process. This may be collectively completed by a doctor or coroner and a funeral director. If a death occurs in a hospital, a hospital doctor will sign the Medical Certificate of Death and a local doctor if a death occurs at home. If cremation is the preferred option by the family, the Medical Officer will sign the Cremation Certificate. You need to get in touch with a funeral director, so to see them in their office or they come home to you.

In case the dying person was an organ donor, inform the authorities so they can preserve the organs to prepare them for donation.

Using Funeral Director

Funeral Directors assist with consoling and guiding the bereaved family throughout the funeral process. A good funeral director is a wealth of information on all aspects of a funeral service. They ensure the wishes of the deceased, the family, and friends are fulfilled. There is no legal requirement to use a funeral director. However, most people prefer to engage an experienced professional to carry out the funeral process.

Funeral directors generally take the responsibility to collect and take care of the body, collect and lodge all necessary documents and supply the coffin that you choose. They will then contact the cemetery or crematorium and arrange the date and time of the funeral. Floral tributes and newspaper notices may be taken care of by the funeral director. They will provide the hearse and other cars if required by the family. Funeral director pays for all the fees including death registration with the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Funeral directors do not need a licence and may set up a business without any specific training or qualifications. Hence, it is prudent to do a thorough due diligence in selecting a qualified and compassionate funeral director.

Funeral Costs

It is a requirement in NSW that Funeral Directors to display itemised cost for a range of goods and services at their place of business and website. There is also a requirement that they display certain funeral information. This information may be a help your understanding of funeral expenses.  Funeral directors must show their least expensive funeral package and abide by the Funeral Information Standard as set out by NSW Fair Trading.

Penalties

Funeral directors need to comply with the Information Standard requirements. There are heavy penalties for both, individual and corporate funeral directors. They may be prosecuted under the Fair-Trading Act 1987 in serious cases. The maximum penalty if they are convicted under the Act is $5,500.

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