Arranging a Funeral
What To Do When Someone Dies
When someone dies, the first thing that needs to be done is to get a verification of death. Depending on where your loved one is when they pass, there are several ways it may be obtained.
You will need to contact your family doctor to confirm the fact of death. It may be necessary to contact your local police station if you are unable to reach your doctor. In the days following your loved ones death, your doctor will also complete a death certificate, a copy of which they will send to Births, Deaths and Marriages, as well as to your chosen funeral director. Once the doctor has left, you will need to contact your chosen funeral director to arrange the transfer of your loved one into their care.
At Hospital Or In A Nursing Home
In a hospital, the staff will complete the necessary documentation. Most hospitals have mortuary facilities and may be able to keep your loved one in their care while the family select and contact their chosen funeral director. Most nursing homes will ask the family of a resident for a name of a funeral director to be contacted at the time of need when they are initially placed in the care of that nursing home. The nursing home will contact the nominated funeral director when required on behalf of your family. Prompt transfer is necessary because many nursing homes do not have mortuary facilities.
Overseas Or Interstate
Andrews Funeral Care are industry leaders in national and international repatriation and can arrange repatriation from interstate or anywhere in the world. We have an alliance with worldwide organisation of funeral directors that provide the same code of ethics, dignity and care as we expect. Our personnel can also arrange for cremated remains to be repatriated. Our skilled and qualified personnel have many years experience in this area and can also assist with service requirements once they have reached their final destination.
Planning a Meaningful Funeral
When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the responsibility of planning their funeral can be overwhelming. Take heart, for you are not alone. We at Andrews Funeral Care are here to help you, every step of the way.
This guide will help you through the process of planning your loved one’s funeral. When you are ready, allow us to help you with the final details. Together, we can create a beautiful tribute to your loved one.
We encourage you to read this guide with your family so that each of you may share your thoughts and ideas for the funeral. By inviting everyone, including children, to help
plan or take part in the service, you show them that their feelings matter.
This is a time to be understanding of each other’s needs. You are each experiencing grief and loss in your own way—be gentle with each other. Accept each other’s feelings and use this opportunity to share them.
You may face the challenge of balancing your loved one’s dying wishes with your own needs as mourners. Know that it is okay to put the needs of your family first. Seek to fulfil the essence of your loved one’s wishes, rather than the specific details.
Your Personal Touch
It is important that a funeral is an appropriate tribute to your loved one. There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ funeral and many of the rituals or traditions that you might associate with funerals are no longer considered compulsory at modern-day services.
Mourning symbols have grown increasingly rare at modern funerals and black is no longer considered the only choice for clothing. Accompanying music is another aspect of the service in which tradition is making way for personal preference. Pieces of music or poems that were particularly relevant to the deceased have grown popular in recent years, though the final selection is usually left to family members, in consultation with funeral officials.
However you choose to commemorate the life of your loved one, the most important objective of the service is to ensure that it gives comfort to family and friends. Above all else, the service should surround grieving family and friends with a safe and secure environment in which to express their personal sense of loss. A funeral service is carried out largely for the benefit of these survivors and, because of this, is a very important aspect of the healing process. If this sense of comfort is achieved, the ceremony will have been a success.