May I participate in a funeral service?

Yes. We encourage families to participate in a funeral service. You may help in many ways. Thus far, you may form a guard of honour, be a speaker, or deliver eulogy and help dress the deceased. When you engage in a funeral, it allows you to express your feelings. Thus far, it provides a means to personalise the funeral for your loved one.

How long between death and the funeral service?

It may be between two to five days. However, there may be a time variance between death and funeral. It may depend on the circumstances. As well as your instructions. Moreover, you may take as long as you need. So, there is no need to rush. If it suits you better, take your time. You may want to allow enough time for your guests. So, they may need to make travel arrangements. They may need time to arange time off from work too. Thus far, it may be important for family and friends to attend the service. It may help the grieving process.

Moreover, if the death is the Coroner’s case then there may be further delays. Hence, their clearance is more important before the funeral may take place.

How do I get a Death Certificate?

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages issue death certificate. Your funeral director is responsible to register the death. It is registered with the registry within seven days of the burial or cremation.

Thus far, once it registers death, the registry will issue a formal death certificate. It is an important document for any legal work to finalise estate issues.

Can funeral services be held anywhere?

The most common sites to hold a funeral may be a home, church or temple and crematorium chapel. Otherwise you may hold the entire ceremony at the crematorium chapel or graveside. You hold at home too.

What is embalming?

To embalm a body is to apply a chemical treatment. It disinfacts and preserves the body. Thus, the process must be performed by a qualified embalmer.

Is embalming always required?

No, it is not. Thus far, there is a common misconception that it is required by law to emalm the body. You may need to embalm the body when you transfer the deceased over long distances. If you place the deceased in a crypt or a vault, you need to embalm. Futhermore, if there is an extended delay between death and the funeral service. There are some religions and cultures that may disapprove to embalm.

Should we have a viewing?

It is a personal choice for the family to approve to view the deceased. Thus far, it is totally up to you to make such a decision. However, it may help the bereaved family to face the reality of death. So, it may provide the quiet time to reflect your respects and good-byes.

Who should I notify?

For starters, you should inform your family and friends of the deceased. It may help to delegate a family member or a friend whom you trust to be the contact person. Thus far, there are others who may need to know. Although, they may not be immediate notification.

In addition to notification for funeral service, you may need to notify authorites and institutions. Thus far, the following list may be of help:

  • The Executor nominated by the deceased
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Superannuation company
  • Solicitor, or public trustee
  • Accountant
  • Banks, building societies, credit unions, financial institutions, credit card providers and loan companies
  • Employer and former employer
  • Trade unions or professional associations
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Australian Electoral Office
  • Medicare
  • Insurance companies including life, accident, home and contents, vehicle
  • Doctor, dentist, specialists, hospitals, chemist, health benefits fund
  • Main roads – car registration, car organisations and associations
  • Church or religious organisation
  • Household help, gardening services or meals on wheels
  • Home nursing service
  • Home delivery services – e.g. newspapers and milk
  • Appliance rental, medical aids rental company
  • Post Office for mail delivery
  • Local Government for Rates, fire levy, etc.
  • Ambulance Service
  • Telephone company, electricity company
  • School or college
  • Companies – e.g. for directorships
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Service organisations – e.g. Rotary, Lions, Apex, Red Cross, Blood bank
Does having a cremation mean there will be no funeral service?

No, its not true. They funeral service may be in the same way as there is with a burial. Thus, the difference being to end the service, the remains are cremated instead of buried.

Should children attend the funeral?

The death of a family member may perplex the the children. Thus far, a death may confuse children too. It often leads children to sadness, anxiety and loneliness. So, attending the funeral may be helpful. It allows childen to realise that death is final stage of life. In fact, it allows children to share the emotions with family and friends. More importantly, allow the children to express sorrow in their own way. Thus far, neither force grieving ideas on them, nor insist they attend. So, you may talk with younger children. Should they want to attend the funeral, you may encourage them. Hence, prepare them for the experience. You may answer any questions they may ask you.

Is it appropriate for a child to attend a family gathering or wake?

Again, it may be a personal choice. Thus far, it should be your entirely you decision. Which ever way you are comfortable with it. So, it is often a good idea to take the opinion of the children. You may explain what may happen.

It is often the case that children may want to involve themselves because, they don’t want to be left out. Thus far, when they are part of a group, it means you surround them with care and love.

What should I include when writing a eulogy?

You should stay with facts. Thus, a helpful guide to prepare a eulogy may be when and where your loved one was born. Any nicknames which may include names known to others or to the family. Thus include the parents name and may be when and how they met to marry. Then add the siblings names and childhood locations. Furthermore, include special interests and school attended. You may add details of a marriage or divorce, children or any significant relationships. There may be grand children or great grand children you need to include. Moreover, you should have any academic or trade qualification as well as gaining any award or achievments.

So now, you may reiterate a few intresting childhood incidents and historical events. If your loved one was a military service or participated in any war it may be appropriate to add. If the deceased was sports person, inlude the achievments and memberships. Furthermore, if they held any special positions and details of hobbies, interests or craft.

You may include the likes and dislikes in addition to any historical significance. It is often best to keep the eulogy between five to ten minutes. So, it allows time for other speakers.

What is the difference between a cemetery and a memorial park?

The cemetery offers upright monuments and markers. It may offer a memorial flush to the ground or on stone bases too. Thus far, a memorial park only offers markers flush to the ground or on stone bases.

The experience you get in a memorial park is of a park-like and tranquil setting to remember your loved one. Thus, in many memorial parks you may find seats, pergolas and other garden features. They are in position to provide shade and seating.

Relevant Links
Below we have listed some LINKS which we hope you might find of use:
  • Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org.au
  • NSW Coroners Court: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/coroners
  • Rookwood Independent Cemetery: www.rookwoodindependent.com.au
  • Rookwood Catholic Cemeteries Board: www.catholiccemeteries.org.au
  • Anglican and General Cemetery Trust: www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au
We hope you may find the following links useful when considering a donation to your loved ones favourite cause:
  • Cancer Council: www.cancer.org.au
  • Breast Cancer: www.nbcf.org.au
  • Prostate Cancer: www.prostate.org.au
  • Diabetes Australia: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
  • Dr Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA: www.lifehouserpa.org.au
  • Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets: www.youthoffthestreets.com.au
  • Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
  • Hawkesbury Animal Shelter: www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/services/animal-shelter
  • Guide Dogs of Australia: www.guidedogs.com.au

Please let Ian or Raj know if you would like your cause uploaded on our website.

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