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At some point in life, for most of us, we’ll have to take a turn at organising a funeral. eziFunerals aims to empower you through the process, put you in charge, explain your options and help you make the best choices for you and your family.
Whether you need help now to organise a funeral or you’re thinking about planning a funeral in advance, we have lots of funeral guides to help.
Before the funeral
Before the funeral service, you may need to do the following.
- Contact a doctor and obtain a Medical Certificate for Cause of Death
- Notify friends, relatives, and other parties about the death
- Check whether your loved one has made any requests about their funeral and burial
- Check for financing options, including your loved one’s funeral funds and insurance policies.
Planning the funeral service
Before first contact with a funeral director, we can help you make informed funeral choices on many of the following options.
- Burial or cremation – Decide whether it will be a burial or cremation and ensure that you have the necessary documents prepared.
- Embalming – Check whether embalming is required or appropriate.
- Choose a venue – Find a venue or location (such as a cemetery or church) for the service and choose a time and date.
- Choose a burial plot – If there will be a burial, you’ll need to find a burial plot in a cemetery.
- Clothing and accessories – For burials, decide on what your loved one will wear and the accessories they will have (if any).
- Arrange for the gravestone – For burials, obtain quotes from monumental masons for the gravestone or memorial, and then choose a gravestone.
- Coffin or casket – For burials and cremation, choose a coffin or casket for the deceased.
- Find a crematorium – If the deceased requested a cremation, obtain quotes from crematoriums.
- Choose an urn – For cremations, choose a cremation urn and decide what to do with the ashes.
- Choose the pallbearers – If there will be a burial, choose the pallbearers and contact them with instructions.
- Type of service – Decide on the type of service, music and multimedia (such as photo slide show or videos), and floral arrangements and releases.
- Officiating person – Choose a minister, celebrant, or other officiating person to conduct the funeral service.
- Eulogies – Speak to family and friends about making eulogies.
- Viewing the deceased – Decide on whether it will be an open-casket or a closed-casket service, and whether there will be a viewing.
- Memorial cards – Organise memorial cards for guests at the service.
- Transportation – Arrange transportation to and from the funeral service for friends and family.
- Invitations – Notify all guests about the time and place of the service and the wake.
- Catering – Arrange for catering and refreshments at the service and the wake.
- Death notices – Arrange for death notices in local publications, whether online or offline.
- Donations – If your loved one was involved in causes, you could arrange for guests to make donations instead of flowers and gifts.
Selecting a funeral director
Finding a funeral director you can trust in your City can be emotionally and financially difficult, so let us help. With such a competitive market, funeral costs in Australia will vary greatly depending on the company you choose, where the service is held, and the type of choices you make.
Depending on what you need, some will specialise in certain religious ceremonies while others offer many different types of service. Most funeral directors will generally offer a fixed package and have different pricing structures, so it is important that if you don’t pay for things you don’t want or need and stay on a budget.
If you need a Quick Quote, you can connect with a Premium Funeral Director in your City by filling in a simple and easy quote request form.
After the funeral
Although the funeral itself might seem like the end of the process, there are other things that you need to consider after the funeral.
You may wish to place a notice in a local newspaper for the relatives of the deceased to publicly thank people who have given them support and assistance.
In addition, you will have to deal with:
- Placement of the ashes
- Affairs of the deceased
- Wills and estates
- Coping with grief
eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company.