What do to when someone dies

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What to do when someone dies?

When someone dies in a hospital or nursing home.

Most people in Australia die either in a hospital or nursing home. When this happens, the director of nursing, sister or nurse in charge will help you with the formalities and will make arrangements for the doctor to issue the death certificate.

If your loved one wished to be cremated, you need to notify the hospital or nursing home sister immediately, as additional certificates will need to be prepared by the doctor. Early advice of this decision will save possible and unnecessary delays.

Please contact us as soon as possible so we can begin liaising with the nursing home or hospital to make the necessary arrangements. We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

When someone dies at home

If a relative or friend passes away in their home and the death was expected, the first person to contact is the doctor of the deceased. If the doctor has treated the deceased in the past six months and the doctor can confirm the cause of death, a death certificate will be issued.

The next step is to contact us. We can arrange for the deceased to be transferred into our care and attend to the other funeral arrangements on your behalf.

Unexpected death

If the death was unexpected it is possible that the Coroner may wish to conduct a post mortem.

In any case, you should call an ambulance immediately. Once the ambulance crew arrives at your home they will either contact your family doctor or the Police.

We will offer advice on who to contact and the procedures involved. It is important to note that much of the funeral arrangement process can be carried out prior to the completion of the coroner’s role and it is important that contact be made with us as soon as possible. We will then liaise with the coroner regarding when the funeral can be held.

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of a funeral depends on many factors. There are three main components to consider:

  1. Funeral Directors Charges – service fee
  2. The cost of the coffin or casket: This depends on your selection, as they do differ in price. We can assist you in choosing a coffin or casket in accordance with how much you wish to spend or what you consider is appropriate.
  3. Disbursements: There are a number of expenses related to the funeral arrangements, including the death certificate, crematorium or cemetery fees, floral tributes, clergy and funeral notices.

We will provide a written estimate as a guide to the total cost of the funeral.

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COVID-19 FUNERAL SERVICES UPDATE.

From Sunday 14th June, effective immediately, the NSW Government removed the restriction on Funeral services, memorial services and after funeral gatherings from the general limit of 50 people, to instead ensure that all venues apply the one person per four square meter rule for all indoor services, with extra mourners being able to gather outside and view the service on monitors, where they are available. Social distancing guidelines of 1.5 metres between people MUST continue to occur whilst outside at all venues, including ALL burial services. As per Government regulations, you will be asked to supply your name and contact number before being permitted to attend a service, for tracing purposes.

Along with everyone, whilst we welcome the further easing of restrictions, it is important for everyone to have a clear understanding that for all indoor services, the number of people able to attend inside will be dictated by the size of the individual venue, as per the one person per four square meter rule. Effectively, this means that there is no change to the number of mourners allowed indoors, as this rule has been in place for several months now.
The changes have allowed for extra mourners to be able to gather outside these venues, and at burial services, providing that social distancing is maintained at all times. Please note that some venues have placed their own restrictions on numbers outside, to ensure that social distancing can be maintained in their available space. Free recordings and live streaming is available at many venues, or it can be arranged on your behalf where these services are not available.

Right through this pandemic, we and our team have been here to support all of our families through what has been a very difficult period, and like always, we will continue to do so with care and compassion. It is important that if you are in need of our services, or you have any questions about these latest changes, to contact us on 4722 8222 and we will gladly answer any questions, provide you with guidance, advice, and information about the individual numbers at all of our churches, chapels and other service facilities.
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