If palliative in a hospital or nursing home, death verification is the Nurse’s responsibility. If the palliative care is at home, death verification becomes the responsibility of the carer and your funeral director.
There are coronial laws which govern the transfer of a deceased person and documents to be completed prior to death, which allow the transfer to take place without Police intervention.
Police are involved and the deceased is transported by a Government Contractor to an Approved Government Holding Facility. The coronial process can take between 3 - 14 days to arrive at a determination to release the body. It is the responsibility of your funeral director to submit forms to the Coroner and seek the release of the body.
Some families have the graveside committal before travelling to a church for a memorial service without a coffin present. Other families prefer to have the service and the committal take place entirely at the graveside.
Please be aware that not all cemeteries include a headstone in the cost of the burial site. A headstone can cost between $1,000 - $5,000.
Some families prefer to have the cremation take place privately, before holding a memorial service or family gathering to scatter or place the ashes. The ashes are returned from the crematorium in a white plastic cylinder with certificate of cremation attached.
If a more presentable keepsake urn is required, we supply locally hand crafted timber urn boxes, Indian brass vase shape urns and biodegradable shell urns for earth and sea burial.
We try to make the viewing experience as natural as possible. Procedures that will cause an unnatural appearance are not employed. We sensitively give our professional opinion as to viewing suitability.
The collecting funeral home is responsible for the collection and preservation of the body until it can be transported to the dispatching funeral home. The dispatching funeral home is responsible for overseeing the burial and any associated funeral service. A coffin may be purchased from either of the two funeral homes.
Our pre-paid option is designed to securely hold your pre-paid funeral contract payment until such time as the funeral service is required. Your payment is safeguarded independently until needed. Our payment terms into the pre-paid funeral fund are either full payment in a lump sum or 50% deposit and a minimum of $50.00 per month direct debit until the contract amount is paid in full.
Our pre-paid funds are managed by specialist fund manager Lifeplan, part of Australian Unity, a mutual company with a history of over 175 years. Please download Product Disclosure Statement for terms and conditions.