Organise a funeral or memorial service

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Most funeral directors will help you to plan ahead for a funeral and offer advice on payment options.

Funeral directors will usually register a death, and may apply for the death certificate. You should discuss this process with the funeral director.

When planning a funeral:

  • be an informed consumer and don’t be reluctant to ask questions
  • discuss all available options before making a decision that fits your financial needs and wishes
  • plan a personalised ceremony or service to help you begin the healing process - getting through grief is never easy but having a meaningful funeral or tribute will help.

Ensure you:

  • consult the will of the deceased for any unique funeral arrangements to be made
  • inform relevant people as quickly as possible
  • consider the location, type of service, casket or urn, flowers, music, cars, eulogy, and pallbearers
  • provide relevant information (eg surviving family members, the location of services etc) for the newspaper notices.

Financial assistance

People who need financial support may be eligible for funeral assistance.

More information

To find a funeral director in your area, see the Australian Funeral Directors Association website.

Arranging a funeral - Legal Services Commission

Arranging a funeral - Australian Funeral Director's Association.

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