Overview of making a funeral plan
Making funeral plans can be a very extensive process. From the beginning stages of funeral planning all the way to the end, there are many details that will need to be attended to. This overview is intended to cover many of the steps involved starting with what should be done immediately after death.
Most deaths occur in the hospital, in which case the attending physician at the hospital would take care of issuing the death certificate. If the death occurs at home or away from a medical facility, the first step should be to call a doctor, preferably the regular physician that would be familiar with the deceased.
Steps for funeral planning
- Notify friends, family members and other associates of the passing.
- Start looking into finding a funeral director. This step can be started while you are waiting for the death certificate to be issued. However, the body cannot be released to the funeral home until a doctor has certified the death.
- Once contact is made with a funeral director, decisions on the specific funeral will need to be made. Depending on the funeral plan some other arrangements may need to be made.
- Decide on whether the body will have a burial or cremation. For cremation, you will need to get an Attending Practitioner’s certificate from a doctor. Depending on the region, there may be additional certification required; the funeral director should be able to assist in this process.
- Select the style of casket or urn.
- Make plans regarding the burial plan or cremation.
- Choose a time and location for the funeral service.
- Make arrangements for the funeral service such as flowers, music, clothes the deceased will be wearing and the funeral vehicle.
- Arrange for death notices to make people aware of the funeral arrangements, these could include personalized notices or a notice placed in the newspaper.
These are some of the general steps for funeral planning in Australia. Some additional measures may need to be taken depending on the state or territory in which you live.
Some circumstances may also require additional steps and certification; these would include the manner or circumstances of the death and possible funeral plans that would be out of the ordinary. Further, it should be noted to take account of such factors like the deceased being in possession of a prepaid funeral or funeral insurance. If the deceased had made some funeral preplans for the event of their death this would have some affect on the planning process.