Losing a Loved One

The period following the death of a loved one is traumatic and it is important that you do not feel rushed into making funeral arrangements. Many people find it difficult to think about funeral arrangements in the immediate aftermath of a death in the family. Allow yourself time to absorb the enormity of your loss before concerning yourself with...

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Planning a Funeral

It is important that a funeral is an appropriate tribute to your loved one. There is no such thing as a 'typical' funeral and many of the rituals or traditions that you might associate with funerals are no longer considered compulsory at modern-day services.

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Funeral Cost Information

Funeral Cost Information (PDF) The information in this PDF is intended to provide you with an approximate price guide to a range of service combinations that are frequently chosen. These service combination examples include cremation fees. If burial is preferred please allow an additional $1850 approx. The estimates cover 'transfer of your loved one into...

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Before Meeting the Funeral Director

We encourage you to read this section with your family so that each of you may share your thoughts and ideas for the funeral. By inviting everyone, including children, to help plan or take part in the service, you show them that their feelings matter. Contact us to request a complimentary copy of our guide, "Burstows Complete Funeral Care". Or read this book...

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Burial or Cremation

The wishes of the deceased are followed, if they are known. A cremation cannot take place if there are written instructions to the contrary. Cremation is sometimes chosen as a lower-cost option, especially in metropolitan areas, where cemetery fees are very high. In regional areas, cemetery fees tend to be less expensive, so cost is not usually the main...

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Choosing a Venue

If you or the person who has died attended a church or other place of worship, this may be the natural choice for the funeral ceremony. This is particularly appropriate when a family wishes to arrange a ceremony of traditional religious significance, such as a funeral mass. To see a range of venue photos, visit our Funeral Service Venues page. Possible...

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Funeral Service Formats

You can choose from a variety of funeral service formats. There is no one 'right' way to hold a funeral. A funeral should simply 'fit' the person who died and the family and friends who survive that person.

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The Eulogy

The eulogy is a speech in celebration of your loved one, a very personal account of the way they have touched your life and others. Writing and delivering the eulogy is a special task, for the eulogy helps survivors say goodbye and can begin the healing process for all.

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The Funeral Notice

There are two ways to approach writing the funeral notice. Both approaches are equally correct. Just consider what is right for you and the person who has died.

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Finding the right words

The following phrases, verses and poems may help you prepare the funeral notice or service sheet. Rest in peace Always remembered Remembered with love At rest Peace at last A patient sufferer at rest Requiescat in pace Forever in our hearts Peace after suffering The pain of our loss shows us what he's given us The long day...

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A Meaningful Funeral Service

Your Personal Touch You can create a funeral that reflects the unique and special qualities of your loved one. The secret is to add personal touches. Here are some suggestions. Add your personal touch to the funeral notice in the paper. You may wish to mention your loved one's most memorable qualities or include a few lines from a meaningful poem. Provide a...

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The Order of Service

The order of service can be very simple or more involved.

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The Viewing

The viewing is a time for family to support one another in their grief. The body is present in an open coffin or casket, allowing you and others who loved the person who has died to acknowledge the reality of the death and to say goodbye.

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Choosing the Coffin or Casket

What is the difference between a coffin and a casket? The difference is basically one of design. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot and are wide at the shoulders. Caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed of better quality timbers and feature higher standards of workmanship. Many people regard the coffin or casket as an important...

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Refreshments

Choosing a venue for refreshments after the funeral. Most funerals are followed by a gathering of friends and family. This is an important time, where the formalities of the ceremony are over and your family and friends are more relaxed and can share fellowship and reflect. Funerals are often times of reunion and you will gain much by hearing the stories and...

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Settling Funeral Expenses

Your funeral director is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the funeral service. An important aspect of this responsibility is arranging payments on your behalf for the purchase of all goods and services associated with the funeral. These services might typically include cemetery plots, cremation fees, floral tributes, funeral...

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