Arranging a Funeral

Information on how to begin arranging a funeral for your loved one

Last updated: 29 November 2016

Choosing an experienced and skilled funeral director can help unburden you from the stress of planning a funeral. Anyone can arrange a funeral with the funeral director, regardless of whether they’re a family member or not. In most cases, this responsibility is often taken by the spouse or a close family member.

Before funeral arrangements can start, your funeral director may require the following information about your loved one:

  • Their full name
  • Their date and place of birth
  • The full address of their last residence
  • Details of their place of death
  • Whether they had a pacemaker

Although a funeral can take place at any time, they often occur a week or more after the death of your loved one to accommodate the process of arranging the funeral. Location, transport options, funeral hymns, poems, flowers, planning the memorial, and other details all need to be considered. All of your options can be discussed and organised by your funeral director.

The majority of funeral directors in Australia have experience arranging a wide variety of funerals, including those of the major religions and belief systems. There are also many varieties of non-religious funerals.

If you wish to repatriate your loved one from Australia to another country, a specialist funeral director should be contacted. They will be able to assist you in the same way as any other funeral director, but also help guide you through the legal process of repatriation. There are also a number of funeral directors in Australia who specialise in repatriating Australians who have died overseas.