“I have to arrange a funeral, but I’ve never had to do this before.
What do I do? Who can I talk to? Who can I trust? How much will it cost? I don’t know what to think or feel”.
These are some of the common thoughts and questions many people have when faced with arranging a funeral. If you are asking questions like these, we are here to help you every step of the way.
Arranging a funeral for someone we love is a task we don’t really want to have to do. We understand that the pressures of emotion and not being able to think clearly are difficult enough. At Brember Family Funeral Services, our professional & friendly funeral consultants have many years of experience helping families create a memorable and meaningful funeral service. Together with our expertise and knowledge this will ensure our services meet all of your personal requirements.
This website is provided with the purpose of providing you with information as an overview of the wide range of options and services we offer which allows you and your family to tailor a funeral service to suit your personal, cultural and religious requirements. In order to provide you with the best advice possible, we would recommend that you meet and discuss you personal needs with one of our professionally trained staff at no obligation or cost to you. We are also very pleased to speak with you over the telephone or via our online contact form if that is more convenient.
What is the first thing I need to do when a death occurs?
First, settle yourself from the emotions that can arise at a time like this, then call someone to let them know that you are alright.
After this, you should call your loved one’s doctor. If the death occurs in a hospital or nursing home, then staff there will usually do this for you. However, if it was the deceased’s wish to donate their organs then a hospital should also be advised as soon as possible.
Once the doctor has been, you will need to contact Brember Family Funerals on 0429 920 241 to arrange the transfer of our loved one into our care. This can be delayed for a little while if you would like some private time. You shouldn’t worry about what time you call, because we are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
What happens when someone dies in a hospital or nursing home?
If death occurs at a public hospital, the hospital administration will complete most of the formalities required for the issuing of Death and other Certificates. However it will be up to the family to contact Brember Family Funerals directly.
As most public hospitals have a mortuary we usually move your loved one from the hospital into our care during weekday business hours.
If death occurs at a nursing home or private hospital and you are not already there then the staff will usually contact the next of kin once death has been confirmed.
It is common at some private hospitals and nursing homes for a funeral home, such as Brember Family Funerals, to be nominated in advance and contacted upon the event of death. In these circumstances, the hospital or nursing home will contact the nominated funeral home to arrange the transfer of the loved one into our care.
When is a coroner needed?
In some cases, a doctor may not be able to issue a medical certificate of the cause of death and they will refer the death to the coroner. Because determining the cause of death is absolutely vital, you do not have the right to object to a death being referred to the coroner. However if you have religious or other strong objections to a post mortem, you should notify the coroner.
There may be a number of reasons for referring a death to the coroner, including:
- Death other than by natural causes, including violence, accidental or unusual causes
- Death whilst under anaesthetic (or within 24 hours of the administration of an anaesthetics)
- Unexpected death
- Death of a person in an institution, a prison or in police custody, drug or alcohol rehabilitation centre
- When the cause of death is unknown, or when the deceased had diagnosed dementia.
Once the Coroner has enough results/records they will release your loved one to Brember Family Funerals.
Who is responsible for arranging a funeral?
It is most common for the executor named in the will, or for family members or friends to arrange a funeral in conjunction with a funeral director. In some circumstances the funeral will be arranged by a public trustee.
While not essential, many people prefer to use a funeral director to relieve them from the burden of many decisions that have to be made at such a difficult time.
Funeral directors are trained, experienced professionals who assist families from the moment a death occurs until well after services are completed.
Our special ladies ensure that you have all the help, information and support you need to say your final farewells in your own way. They will work closely with you to guide you through the arrangement process to arrange a service that is both personal and meaningful.
How much choice does the family have in funeral arrangements?
The family has absolute choice in all of the funeral arrangements
If you choose to have one of our Brember Family Funeral directors to help you to organise the funeral arrangements, you can be assured that they will help you with every choice and request that you and your family make.
Brember Family Funerals commit ourselves to meeting your needs, whatever they may be. We understand each family’s needs are different so we provide a distinctive way of creating a service of remembrance that is as unique as the individual.
How do I get a Death Certificate?
These are issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state. Brember Family Funerals is responsible for registering the death with this Registry .Once the death is registered, Births, Deaths and Marriages will provide a formal Death Certificate, which is often a necessary document for any legal and estate issues that need to be attended to.
Applications for a copy of a Death Certificate can only be made at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and must be accompanied by at least three forms of identification to ensure your privacy and that information is only released to those who are entitled to it.