Our step-by-step funeral guide
Having to arrange a funeral when somebody has died can be one of the most difficult things you may ever have to do.
Our Funeral Consultants are professionally trained and will guide you through the days leading up to the funeral. They will be able to provide you with care and advice in respect to the practical aspects of a funeral together with the celebratory elements.
Families have many options with regard to which Funeral Service might best suit their needs including funerals by women through Louise King Funerals by Women.
To view the details of our service offerings, together with our service fees, simply click on the links below. If none of these service options suit your needs then we would be happy to tailor our services to meet your needs.
- A Chapel Funeral preceded or followed by an attended cremation or burial.
- A Chapel Funeral preceded or followed by a non-attended cremation or burial.
- A Funeral held at a local Church or other function venue preceded or followed by an attended cremation or burial.
- A Funeral held at a local Church or other function venue preceded or followed by a non-attended cremation or burial.
- A Funeral held at a local Cemetery/Crematorium.
- A Direct Committal Funeral (generally a Cremation with no mourners present at any stage).
Should you wish to speak with one of our Consultants please contact us on (03) 5248 3444.
Losing someone close to you can be sad and painful to deal with on your own. You may experience many different emotions as you come to terms to life without your loved one. For some people they find it useful to speak with a professional about their feelings of loss or like to seek articles on the internet. See below a list of organisations that may be able to assist.
Australian Funeral Directors Association – http://www.afda.org.au - (03) 9859 9966
Lifeline – 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au
Mensline – 1300 789 978 - www.mensline.org.au
The Sanctuary Counselling Centre – (03) 5222 6969
Catholic Care – www.centacare.org.au
The Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment – (03) 5229 0719 or individual counselling (03) 5222 4104 -www.wesleycentregeelong.org.au
Bethany Community Support – (03) 5278 8122 – www.bethany.org.au
Barwon Health – Bereavement Groups Program - (03) 5260 3520 – www.barwonhealth.org.au
Hope Bereavement Care – (03) 5226 7269 during business hours or 1800 240 400 for afterhours and 24 hour crisis counselling - www.bereavement.org.au
The Compassionate Friends – (03) 5243 6906 www.compassionatefriendsvictoria.org.au
Empty Arms: Parent Support Group – (03) 5226 7269
Sids and Kids Parent Support Group – (03) 5264 1070 - www.sidsandkids.org
Australian Multiple Birth Association – (03) 5221 6501
Industrial Death Support and Advocacy – (03) 5256 2614 or (03) 5256 2506
Road Trauma Support Team – 1300 367 797
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic – (03) 5229 6979 – www.alzheimersonline.org
Beyond Blue – www.beyondblue.org.au
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement – www.grief.org.au
The Australian Institute for Loss and Grief – www.lossandgrief.com.au
National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW) – www.nalag.org.au
Child and Youth Health – Young Adult Health – www.cyh.com or Loss and Grief http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetails.aspx?p=240&np=298&id=2104
Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief – www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au
Listed below are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions when someone dies.
1. What happens when an unexpected death occurs?
When an unexpected death occurs in a home, hospital or public place then that death is referred to the State Coroner’s Office. At this point you may require the more immediate assistance of a Funeral Director.
We will liaise with the State Coroner’s Office on your behalf. The funeral will not be able to be advertised until such time as the Coroner’s Office has determined the date that they will ‘release’ the deceased.
2. What do I do when an ill/elderly person dies at Home?
When somebody close to you dies at home you will need to contact their doctor. It can also be comforting to ask another family member or friend close by to support you.
Once you have spoken to the doctor, contact Kings Funerals on (03) 5248 3444 or Louise King Funerals by Women on (03) 5222 6363. We have staff available 24 hours, 7 days a week to assist you.
We will then transfer the deceased into our care.
If someone dies unexpectedly at home the Coroner will be involved.
3. What do I do when someone dies at a Hospital or Nursing Home?
When a death occurs in a nursing home or at a hospital the first person to contact is generally the doctor. This will be done by their staff on your behalf. By law a certificate to certify the cause of death must be signed by a doctor or the coroner.
Most private hospitals and nursing homes now ask families to nominate their preferred funeral director at the time of admission. Therefore when a death occurs they will contact us.
4. How do we arrange a funeral?
When you make contact with us we will make a time to meet with you and any other family members to arrange the funeral. Generally this meeting will take place either at one of our conveniently located Funeral Homes or in the privacy of your own home.
5. Are all funerals the same?
No. Generally the more personalised they are the more meaningful the service is for each individual family. For instance some families would have a service in one of our Chapels whereas others may have it at a local Church or venue.
Our Funeral Consultants will go through all the styles of services that we offer together with guidance on how best to recognise the life lived.
6. What do I need to consider when selecting the day and time of the funeral?
The best advice we can give you is not to rush the funeral. For instance you may have relatives coming from Interstate or Overseas. Are there religious or cultural issues that need to be considered? Is a particular Priest or Celebrant available?
If the death has been referred to the Coroner this will impact on when the funeral can be scheduled. We will liaise with the Coroner on your behalf and keep you informed.
7. When is the Death Certificate issued?
We will contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on your behalf and register the death. It generally takes 3 weeks from the date of the funeral for the certificate to be provided. Births, Deaths and Marriages send the Death Certificate to the person who is responsible for the funeral arrangements.
This Certificate is extremely important and you will need it when contacting places such as the Bank, Centrelink, Health Funds, Veteran Affairs etc.
Please note that the certificate may take longer if the Coroner is involved.
8. What is embalming?
Embalming is the art and science of temporarily preserving the body and must be carried out by a qualified embalmer.
Embalming has a very long and cross cultural history, with many cultures giving the embalming processes a greater religious meaning.
9. Do I have to view the deceased?
No you don’t. It is a personal decision and it is entirely your choice to make. Viewings, however, can be very beneficial in the grieving process.
Generally a viewing will take place at one of our Chapels and our caring staff will be available to provide the support you might need.
10. What happens if the funeral is to take place interstate or overseas?
That is fine. We will be able to assist you in finding a reputable Funeral Director whether it is interstate or overseas.
11. Do Kings Funerals cater for both Burial and Cremation?
Yes we do. The choice is entirely yours and can often be influenced by religious or cultural beliefs.
12. How can you personalise the funeral?
Our Funeral Consultants will provide you with the support and guidance that you will need as you determine the content of the service. Some of the special touches that we can co-ordinate:
- Order of Service or Mass Booklets
- Floral Tributes
- Photo Presentations
- Thank You Stationery
- Dove releases
- Selection of Music
13. Why do people prepay their funeral?
Prepaying a funeral can be one way of reducing some of the emotional and financial impact of a death.
We have staff who specialise in helping people prepay their funeral. By prepaying you have more time to consider your options and it will make it easier for your family.
14. How much does a funeral cost?
A funeral service incorporates many different elements and therefore there is no simple answer. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish.
Our Funeral Consultant will discuss with you the various options and it is normal for the cemetery or crematorium costs, the various disbursements (such as printing, catering, funeral notices, flowers, clergy or celebrant fees, registration of death fees, doctors fees) to be included, together with our service fees.
Our professional service fee covers the use of our facilities, preparation of documents, collection of certificates, allocation of required staff, vehicles, transfer of the deceased, mortuary care and viewing preparation.
15. Should children attend a funeral?
This is a decision for each family to consider. It is best to ask the child and explain to them what is likely to take place. Quite often children would prefer to be involved and appreciate the support that is offered by those who attend.
- Children can also be involved in the celebratory or creative elements of a funeral such as:
- Reading or writing something that can be incorporated into the service
- Place a personal note or drawing into the coffin/casket
- By lighting a candle
- Releasing balloons, doves or butterflies