The Funeral Arrangement

A funeral service is the customary way to recognise death and allows us to honour and show respect for the dead as well as to help those left behind begin the process of grief recovery.

Why have A funeral?
The Funeral Arrangement
What do We Need?

Why Have A Funeral?

When a loved one dies, we often see that people want to get on with funeral planning as quickly as possible; they want closure and think that the pain will go away once the funeral has been held. It is true that funerals can be emotionally difficult, but a good funeral will provide the opportunity to share memories, gather support and put loved ones on the path to recovery.

Although families may be hesitant to choose a funeral service that means coming together, we often find it is exactly from this which people benefit most. The funeral ceremony helps to publicly acknowledge the reality of the death and when shared with friends and family it encourages the expression of grief. This experience actually helps to begin a healthy mourning process.

Should you decide to pre-plan your funeral, it is important to plan the details of the type of service that best suits you. It is wise at this point to understand that while the funeral is about you, it is not for you. It is for those you are leaving behind, and taking some time to consult with them may be prudent.

Preparing For The Funeral Arrangement

In order to prepare for your funeral arrangements, we recommend that you consider gathering special photos, memorabilia, religious passages or even favourite songs or musical selections. Your funeral arranger can suggest meaningful ways to create a service which follows your express desires. Considerations may include:

  • Where and when you would like the funeral service?
  • Would you like a viewing to say a final, physical goodbye? If so, what clothes would you like your loved one to wear?
  • Is there a particular celebrant or clergy member who you would like to conduct your service?
  • Consider all service options for a memorable and fitting service.
  • Would you prefer cremation or burial?
  • Consider and reflect on some of the key features which defined your loved one that may be integrated into the service.

The funeral service is the key element of the funeral process and while the funeral arrangement is designed, ultimately, to plan the details of your loved one’s funeral, it is important to note that these are your funeral wishes. We are simply here to facilitate your wishes and guide you through the journey.

What Do We Need?

When preparing to make funeral arrangements, the following information and items may be required in order to complete the arrangement, or prearrangement process.

  • Full legal name
  • Home address
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Father’s full name and occupation
  • Mother’s full name, including maiden name and occupation
  • Recent photograph
  • Occupation
  • Place of burial (if applicable)
  • Details of existing or pre-arranged burial plots (if applicable)
  • Clothing
  • Next of kin (name, relationship, etc.)
  • Insurance policies (if applicable)