Who arranges the funeral?
Usually the next of kin of the deceased (i.e. child, spouse, legal partner, parent or sibling) are responsible for making the funeral arrangements.
When there is a dispute in the family and the deceased has left a will, the executor should take charge in planning the funeral. The executor can also appoint someone else to make the arrangements if they wish to do so.
In rarer cases, when a person has no known relatives, authorities, public trustees may need to take responsibility for arranging the funeral.
Choosing G Beavan Funerals as your funeral director
G Beavans Funerals selection as your funeral director is a very important decision when planning a funeral, as the choice of the firm may affect the whole funeral arranging process.
Our caring and professional staff will help you through this difficult time, we will take responsibility for many practical tasks such as taking care of the body, registering the death, the viewing, the coffin and the legal paperwork.
We will also help you plan for the funeral service and will present you with choices of venues for the ceremony, hearses and coffins.
Funeral service options
We will present you with different choices of products and services when you planning for the funeral. The family has absolute choice regarding the service, except when coronial investigations are taking place in a murder case, where there may be permission for burial only.
These are some of the things you need to consider when arranging a funeral:
- A place for the funeral service, which is usually a church, chapel or at the gravesite.
- The date for the burial or cremation
- The person to preside the ceremony, who can be a member of the clergy or a celebrant.
- Clothing and jewellery your loved one will be wearing within the coffin or casket, along with other items of your choice. It is a good idea to take this with you to the arrangement.
- Funeral newspaper notice.
- Music section for the funeral. It is a very good idea to have discussed this before seeing the clergy or celebrant.
- Choice of pallbearers
- Floral tributes and decorations, such as photos, medals, candles or any special items
- Whether to get a memorial booklet with the signatures of all the funeral attendees. G Beavan Funerals offer this at no extra cost to you.
Burial or cremation?
In Australia, cremation has now outnumbered burials, especially in large cities, where crematoriums are in close proximity.
To have a burial or cremation is a very personal choice, which may be affected by certain cultural customs or religious beliefs. In Islamic faith for instance, the body needs to be buried, as cremation is not allowed. The Hindus, on the other hand, traditionally choose cremation.
It is predicted that more and more people will opt for cremation in the future as cemetery space is becoming scarce.
The cost for a funeral may vary greatly depending on what you choose to include in the service. There are certain things that have fixed costs and others with a negotiable price.
This is what you have to consider when paying for a funeral:
- Funeral director fees
- Type of transport used in the service
- Choice of coffin or casket
- Death certificate fees
- Permits from council if required
- Whether you chose the body to be cremated or buried
- Cemetery plot or urn
- Extra costs (such as flowers, newspaper notices, celebrant or clergy fees and the wake)
It is important to note that cremation is a more affordable option than burial. There are exceptions to this, such as when the family already has a license or lease for a grave which further internments are allowed. If that is the case, you need to take into consideration the costs of reopening and digging the grave.
An embalmer with professional qualifications is the one responsible for the embalming process, which is when a body undergoes a chemical treatment in order to disinfect and preserve itself. The presentation of the deceased is improved by the procedure when the funeral takes place.
Embalming may be needed in the following cases:
- The funeral is delayed or will take place later than the average time frame
- The body needs to be moved overseas
- The deceased is to be buried above the ground in a crypt or a vault
The viewing – To View or not to View
A viewing is a very personal decision and it is completely up to the family if they want to organise one.
While not mandatory, holding a viewing can be beneficial to relatives and close friends of the deceased, as it gives them the opportunity to spend some time with their loved one and say their final goodbyes.
Viewing is a very personal choice and one which not every family is comfortable with
After the body is cremated, only the bones are left. They are then granulated and the result of this procedure is what constitutes the ashes.
The ashes are returned to you after cremation in a plastic box, if ashes are interred in a local council owned cemetery, once organised with Wingecarribbee Shire Council they will arrange collection for you.