Choosing a Funeral Director

How to find a funeral director that meets your needs

Last updated: 29 November 2016

The greatest benefit of using a funeral director is that they can unburden you from of a lot of the stress associated with planning a funeral, allowing you more time to adjust to your loss.

It is advisable to hire a funeral director that is a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) or the The Independent Funeral Directors Association of Australia (IFDAA). These organisations both have strict codes of ethics to ensure that their members adhere to the highest professional standards and levels of service at all times. Their respective codes of ethics also include providing the bereaved with written estimates of funeral costs and disbursements at the time of taking instructions, or as soon as is practicable.

Our funeral director listings will help you find the right funeral director in your local area. You can use it to browse reviews written by families who have used the company’s professional services and check ratings, so you are assured of finding a funeral director who meets your needs. Just enter in your postcode, town or city and view their online profiles.

Once you have selected a funeral director, you should schedule a meeting with them to ensure that they can provide the services you need. Most funeral directors work beyond office hours, and you can often schedule a meeting with them at your home. Once a doctor has signed a medical certificate confirming your loved one’s death, you can contact your funeral director to begin making the arrangements for the burial or cremation. The funeral director will also officially register your loved one’s death on your behalf.