A funeral director can be one of your most important allies in the days and weeks after a loved one’s death. Whether the funeral was prepared for years in advance, or the death was unexpected, there’s so much you can lean on an eziFunerals member funeral director for.

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Our member Funeral Directors are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

Here are some of the key things an eziFunerals member funeral director helps a family with.

 

Transporting the body

When a death has occurred, in Sydney or other city, a phone call to a funeral director is one of the first calls you’ll make. If your loved one died in the hospital, at home, in Melbourne or somewhere else, eziFunerals member funeral directors will arrange for their body to be transported to the funeral home , where preparations for services will begin.

Even when a death occurs in Brisbane or far from home, in another state or country, an eziFunerals member funeral director can help getting your loved one’s body home. If you’re at this stage and you don’t know what funeral home to call, our comprehensive local funeral home directory may help you make the decision.

 

Making the funeral arrangements

When you contact an eziFunerals member funeral home right after the death, you can also schedule a time to get together and make the arrangements for services and body disposition (burial, cremation, etc.).

Our member funeral directors operate across Australia, and will talk to you about when and where services will take place, what type of visitation you want (if any), whether the service will be private, and so on. They will help make arrangements for services at a chapel, church or other location based on your individual needs.

 

Managing the funeral

Once all the arrangements are made, an eziFunerals member funeral director will make sure those services you planned together run smoothly.

  • They’ll secure the locations and make sure all the timing works out.
  • They’ll find you the right musicians and funeral officiant if you wish.
  • They’ll arrange the displays of photo boards and mementos of your loved one that you’ve chosen to include.
  • They’ll have service programs printed and distribute them to guests.
  • They’ll manage the many flower arrangements that may be delivered.
  • They can make arrangements for catering if you wish to have that as a part of services.

You’ve most likely seen an eziFunerals member funeral directors at funerals you’ve attended in the past — they may not be front and center, but they’re very busy helping people get where they need to be, answering questions, and coordinating every last detail.

 

Writing and submitting a funeral notice for publication

When you’ve just lost a loved one, it can be very hard to find the courage to write an announcement of their death for the newspapers.

eziFunerals member funeral directors will help you place a funeral notice, express condolences, share direct support for families, and celebrate the people who have touched their lives.

 

Tying up loose ends

You’ll probably need multiple copies of the death certificate in the days and weeks after the death. You’ll often use them as proof of the death as you settled your loved one’s affairs. Our member funeral directors can do what needs to be done to secure the death certificate for you.

 

Helping you pre-plan your own (or a loved one’s) funeral

If you’ve gone through setting up a funeral at the last minute, you may feel strongly about making sure things are better planned for the next one. eziFunerals member funeral directors can work with you in advance to plan your own funeral or that of a loved one.

Everything from locations to body disposition to fine details can be planned in advance, and you can even pay in advance to spare loved ones from financial headaches after death.

If a family member is entering a nursing home and needs to do a spend-down of assets to qualify for aid, an eziFunerals member funeral director can also help you with pre-paying for funeral services as part of the spend-down.

 

Connecting you with advice and support

eziFunerals member funeral directors go above and beyond to help families. They can point you toward local or online grief support resources to help you cope as you move past the funeral.

And if there’s something else you need in the wake of your loved one’s death, and you’re not sure where to turn, you might try asking one of our member funeral directors. They tend to have great connections and may be able to help you in ways you didn’t expect.

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About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au.

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Peter is the Founder & Owner of eziFunerals Pty Ltd. Published Author - ‘What Kind Of Funeral?, Vivid Publishing. He has a long family history within the funeral industry and understands the issues faced by both consumers and funeral directors when arranging a funeral from Cradle2grave.