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How do I get a death certificate?

Every time someone is born, gets married, or passes away, it is required by law to register the occasion with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There are two things that need to happen before a death can be registered: Firstly, the regular doctor of the deceased will complete a Medical Cause of Death (MCD). (This is not to be confused with the Death Certificate from the Registry Office.) The MCD is a document stating the natural cause of [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:39:16+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments


The time of a loved one’s death is always difficult; when it is overseas or interstate it only complicates matters further. Most people find repatriation an overwhelming notion, however, it is not as difficult as one might imagine. Whether international or interstate, repatriation is almost exactly the same, with a few minor variations in regards to paperwork. To help you understand what is involved, below is a step by step guide to the process using an example: Your loved one [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:37:38+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

How do I choose a funeral home?

So, how do you go about choosing a funeral director? When is the best time to do so? After all, with over 50 funeral homes to choose from in the metropolitan area, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions that need to be made. Add to that when you have lost a loved one…well, that’s probably not the thing you’re going to want to focus your attention on. This is why many people are now deciding [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:38:17+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

What if I don’t have a minister or celebrant?

The celebrant or minister who leads the service is a vital part of your loved one’s funeral ceremony. Just as with a wedding, they lead the service and will work with you prior to ensure you get a ceremony that reflects your loved one exactly as you wish. However, many people do not have a minister or know a celebrant. We at Hetherington Funerals have trained celebrants in our employ and also work with many celebrants with whom we can [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:39:50+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

Do I have to be buried at the MCB cemeteries?

Western Australia is unique in the way the funeral industry is run, especially in regards to burials. However, for those who are from the country or do not wish to be in the MCB cemeteries, there are ways to be buried elsewhere. The Cemeteries Act 1986 states that ‘all deceased persons (are) to be buried in proclaimed cemeteries administered by responsible trustees, with appropriate records being kept in perpetuity. The trustees' role ensures the proper and lawful burial of dead bodies [...]

By | 2019-06-12T07:59:56+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Burials|0 Comments

Music at a Funeral

Have you ever been to a funeral and thought “this song describes my loved one perfectly?” Or perhaps you heard the music and thought it was highly inappropriate, or something you would never choose. In the words of Hans Christian Andersen, ‘where words fail, music speaks.’ Music has the power to move people, and it is no different at a funeral. Choosing the music for a service is where many people put most thought and effort. Traditionally, there are four songs [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:43:39+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Preplanning|0 Comments

Easton, John

EASTON, JOHN (JACK) DAVID Died peacefully at Brightwater Nursing Home, Huntingdale on 22nd November 2018. Beloved Husband of Eveline (dec). Father of Scott and David. Grandfather of Kezia, Carissa, Shona, Aidan, Michael and Hannah. Great-Grandfather of Reuben and Theodore. A Graveside Service for the Late Mr John (Jack) Easton of Huntingdale will be held at Fremantle Cemetery on Friday (30.11.2018) departing the Main Gate at 10.45am, followed by a Celebration of John’s life in the East Chapel at 11.30am. [...]

By | 2019-07-30T03:35:39+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Death Notice, Funeral Notice|0 Comments

Watson, Melena

WATSON, MELENA A Funeral Service for the Late Melena Watson of Thornlie will take place on Wednesday (05.12.2018) commencing at 2.00pm in the Salvation Army Chapel, 42 Goodall St, Gosnells, preceded by opportunity for viewing in the Hetherington Funerals Chapel, 79 Kelvin Rd, cnr Maddington Rd, Maddington on Tuesday (04.12.2018) at 4pm. In lieu of flowers donations to be made to the Cancer Council and family request attendees to wear a hat.

By | 2019-07-30T03:25:47+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Involved in the Funeral and Final Disposition Planning Process

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE FUNERAL AND FINAL DISPOSITION PLANNING PROCESS Many people understand, at least theoretically, what is involved in a funeral service. We identify the location for the service, notify loved ones and coordinate the details of the service; from flowers to eulogy to music and the wake. Following the service, many people can feel uneasy; this is the part of the process that is least familiar. Understanding this part of the process allows you to feel more [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:11:24+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Preplanning|0 Comments