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If you are attending one of our chapel services, for the health and safety of everyone you must adhere to Australian Government Department of Health for guidelines and recommendations regarding COVID-19.
How is social distancing being implemented at funerals?
Is live streaming available?
Are condolences still allowed?
What if I am feeling unwell?
Why do I need to give you my personal details when attending a funeral?
First steps - Private Residence
Sometimes there is a need for Police involvement, especially for accidental, unexplained or unexpected death. The Police will notify the Coroner, who acts on behalf of the deceased to determine the cause of their death. An autopsy many be required.
First steps â€“ Nursing Home
First steps â€“ Hospital
It is now mandatory in NSW, that all hospital transfers require written permission from the next of kin.
What is the role of the Funeral Director?
What options are there for venues?
The choice belongs to the family making the arrangements and there is now an increasing trend towards alternative locations that best reflects the deceased person and places that were dear to them. Providing permission is gained from the appropriate local authority (if needed) a funeral service can be held at almost any location.
Who leads or conducts the funeral service?
Tips for delivering a Eulogy. Delivering the eulogy might bring on some unexpected emotions. Speak slowly, quite loudly, use high and low pitches, don’t be afraid to pause and most importantly, breathe. Remember, it is ok if you find yourself unable to continue. We are always able to assist when needed. It is ok to be nervous, just relax and take your time.
Brainstorming. Obtain stories from family and friends. Funny stories always help enlighten the mood. Read other eulogies to give yourself examples on what to write. Think about how the deceased would like to be remembered. Write the Introduction and acknowledge why everyone has gathered today. Remember to introduce yourself and your relationship with the deceased and thank family, friends and guests for attending
Write a short bio on their life. Remember to include the place and date of birth, family members, and special events. Talk about their spouse/partner, and any children and/or grandchildren. Highlight special memories and stories such as life achievements, talents, passions and/or hobbies, and unique qualities. Using gentle humour always eases tension.
Finale. Close with comforting words and your goodbye. Use topics of lessons they taught you and the impact they had on your life and/or the lives of others. Finish by saying a final goodbye. This could be a special poem, a phrase, a quote or a very personal goodbye spoken from the heart.
Ask for someone to proofread, especially confirm details such as names and dates. Read it to someone else prior so they can hear your overall tone and how you have captured the person you are honouring?
How do we obtain the Death Certificate?
Can the funeral service be personalised?
Selection of much loved music, recorded or live, can add atmosphere and invoke special memories, the choice of a video tribute or floral presentation, the placement of personal memorabilia, lighting of candles or placement of a national flag or service medals (if appropriate) all help create a moving and lasting memory that is both personal and meaningful and honours your loved one. We encourage families to be involved where possible. A family member may have graphic design skills or be able to compile a video tribute. Your nominated funeral consultant will be able to offer added suggestions and provide assistance where and when needed.
Multicultural, Themed or Personalised Funeral Services
Can we release balloons?
This can certainly be done. Your arranger can assist with suggestions to create a coffin that is very unique and personal for your loved one and also can be significant to your family and friends who shared in their life. Personalisation can include themes such as sailing, fishing, cycling, travelling or photos of fun family times. A wide range of colours can be used, special meaningful words, a poem, and lyrics from a song. The family can be provided the coffin to personalise in their own time, otherwise Afterlife Funerals uses www.coffinwraps.com.au and together we can provide a printed vinyl wrap coffin reflecting your loved ones life. Please be mindful that extra time is sometimes needed to create a personalised coffin.
How much does a funeral cost?
What is the difference between a burial, entombment and cremation?
Burial, in a recognised burial place with new grave (or a reopened, existing grave).
A grave is normally able to contain more than one coffin (2-3, subject to approval). Most cemeteries have lawn sections where smaller headstones can be erected and monumental sections where approved monuments can be erected over the grave. If the grave used is to be reopened from a previous burial the existing headstone may need to be fully or partially removed to allow access for this burial. Some Lawn cemeteries only permit a plaque in the grass, nothing above ground. Natural burial areas are available at selected cemeteries. With a burial the deceased and their coffin/casket is laid to rest in the ground in a cemetery, usually with a headstone or monument to mark the location.
Entombment, in a mausoleum is the preferred resting place in some cultures. The mausoleum is constructed above ground and allows the coffin to be placed into a crypt which is then sealed. The mausoleum is a unique type of interment, often within a courtyard-style area at a Cemetery. Entombment takes place in a mausoleum, an above ground structure that contains concrete or stone crypts in which the deceased and their coffin/casket is placed.
Cremation, the cremation procedure can only take place where a crematorium exists. The act of cremation takes place once the coffin is committed and only one coffin is cremated at a time. Individual ashes are then available to the applicant for memorialisation or scattering. A cremation takes place in a crematorium with the deceased and their coffin/casket placed into a cremator, reducing to ashes. The ashes are then returned to the applicant who authorised the cremation.