The Funeral or Memorial Service is an important step toward healing hearts and beginning the process of mending the rip in the social fabric that exists after someone dies.
During the initial meeting with the Funeral Director, you will be guided through the planning process. Clear answers will be provided to all your questions, and the director will share insights and experiences with you to assist with your decisions.
The following is an overview of the many aspects of service planning that will be discussed at the meeting.
If you have any questions about this information, don’t hesitate to call us.
ARRANGING A FUNERAL
Now that you have made the decision regarding burial versus cremation for your loved one, it is time to think about how you would like the service to look, and feel. It is an overall experience for everyone there; a testament to the life of someone you loved, and should illustrate the depth of your caring relationship.
Traditionally, a service is held in the family’s church, or in the chapel of the funeral home. But, in today’s world, you can choose to hold the service almost anywhere that is meaningful to you.
Perhaps there is a special place that your loved one would like to have their final goodbye? It could be on the riverbank under one of our lovely marquees, or in a favorite park; we’ve even seen services staged on the 18th hole of a golf course! Really, the choices are limited only by your imagination. You can choose a morning service, afternoon service or a twilight service.
Naturally, the answers to this question depend on the location you’ve selected, and the schedules of those you wish to attend locally and interstate.
We also need to work around local newspaper close off dates and times.
There may be a coroner involved that can also delay a funeral.
You can choose to have a minister of your faith officiate the service, or a Funeral celebrant. For that matter, you can choose almost anyone who is comfortable with speaking in public, but we believe it should be someone who cares deeply about guiding those in attendance through the ceremony. The choice is always yours, but we suggest you select someone you know well, and trust.
We have a list of Celebrants on our register that you may like to consider.
Actually, these are the decisions which really shape and personalise the service. For example, you will need to decide: