When selecting a funeral director, choose one that has a good reputation.
Most funeral directors will assist you to plan ahead for a funeral and offer advice on payment options.
When planning a funeral:
More information and answers to frequently asked questions is available from the Australian Funeral Director's Association.
If you are unable to pay for a family member's funeral, you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover the costs of a basic funeral
People learn to adjust to the death of a loved one in different ways. The length of grieving will also vary - it's not unusual for grief to be felt over an extended period.
The National Health Services Directory is a Government website that lists many services available across South Australia. Have a look at services listed or browse the topics to find more information about grief and places you can go for support.
Information and counselling can be provided by Lifeline Australia.Telephone them on 13 11 14.
GriefLink, an association based in South Australia, has some useful information about death-related grief.
Information on dealing with trauma and grief can be found on the HealthInsite website.
Executing a will is the process of distributing the assets and following the wishes of the deceased person. The deceased person's will tells you who the executor is. This person is responsible for carrying out the wishes of the person set out in the will.
Generally a will is kept in one of the following places:
In some cases, a will may not exist. See the Public Trustee website for information about what happens when there is no will.
An executor is the person chosen to carry out the terms of the will. If you have been nominated as an executor see the Public Trustee website for information about the duties of an executor, ring the Public Trustee office on 8226 9200 or contact a solicitor for advice and assistance.
The validity of a will can be questioned for a number of reasons. For example, contesters of a will may argue that:
To challenge a will, you should seek legal advice and make an application to the Supreme Court. An application must be made within six months of the grant of probate of the will.The Legal Services Commission has more information on contesting a will.
Information on pre-paid funerals - Consumer and Business services
Australian Funeral Directors Association
National Funeral Directors Association of Australia