When Death Occurs
Whether a death occurs at home or elsewhere, the first person who should be contacted is the Doctor who was last treating the deceased who will issue a medical certificate of cause of death, therefore the deceased can be transferred to the funeral home.
If the circumstance of a death is unusual or sudden the police can be called, this matter will be a coroner’s case. Therefore, the coroner will state when the deceased will be released to the funeral home after conducting an autopsy/post mortem if necessary to determine the cause of death.
The second person to contact is a funeral director who will be able to support you and prepare all of your desired funeral arrangements and needs. Through great regard and admiration, Eternity Funerals will guide and support you at this time of grief, ensuring all requirements are met and followed accordingly.
Before You Meet With Your Funeral Director
Whilst it is important to notify the Funeral Director as soon as possible that the death has occurred, there is no need to rush to meet with your Funeral Director to discuss Funeral arrangements. It is important to take this time to absorb the enormity of your loved one’s passing, and to be with and support one another in your loss.
This is also a time to establish if your loved one had a Funeral plan or prepaid plan that documents their thoughts and wishes.
During The Initial Meeting
The initial meeting with your Funeral Director usually takes 1 to 2 hours. We will ask personal details about your loved one such as their date of birth, details of any marriages, their occupation and details of any children. This information is legally required for the Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
Your Funeral Director will also ask about the type of service you wish to have, along with any personal tributes you wish to include.
It is important to understand that each person experiences grief differently and to be respectful to each other’s needs and wishes. You may find yourself needing to balance the wishes of your loved one with those of the family. It is okay to put the needs of your family first. Look towards fulfilling the essence of your loved ones wishes.