As funeral directors, we encounter people every day who are dealing with grief and loss. We see people at their most vulnerable time, who are then expected to make huge decisions immediately. Over time, we have learnt that one of the biggest factors that contribute to uncertainty and confusion at a time of death is a lack of education. So, we at Hetherington Funerals have began our mission to educate people on all things funeral-related.
The process surrounding funerals is in reality very simple even though it appears to be anything but. When a person passes away, be it at a nursing home, hospital, house or hospice, a doctor or nurse is required to certify the death. Once that has happened, the funeral home of your choice is contacted, and the deceased will be transferred from the place of death to the funeral home mortuary.
The next step in the process is the funeral director will meet with you and make the funeral arrangements. They cover everything – coffins, flowers, celebrants, venues, music and photos, viewing and dressing, the legal side, and anything else you can think of.
Once the arrangements have been made, there are different levels of involvement you can have. Some people leave everything to the funeral director, and nothing needs to be done apart from being at the funeral. Some people like to write their own eulogies, or arrange their own flowers, or make their own photo DVD. It is completely your choice as to how involved you would like to be.
Usually the day before the funeral, the funeral director will give the family a call to ensure they are feeling comfortable and prepared. On the day itself, the director will give instructions the whole way through. Once again, the family can have as much or as little to do themselves. Everyone is different, and everyone copes differently in stressful situations, so there is no wrong move.
After the funeral has taken place, it will be anywhere from a few days to two weeks before you receive the ashes, in the case of a cremation, and death certificate. Once you have received this, the majority of the funeral is at an end. In certain situations, there may be need for a bit more follow up, but usually the funeral process ends there.
Just like planning a wedding or party, the funeral process can be as complex or as basic as you wish. Any funeral director should be more than happy to walk you through the entire process, and if at any time you feel overwhelmed, you should never feel bad for calling your director. It is our job, and we do what we do because we want to help our families. We are there to make things easier, so there is nothing wrong with letting us do that.
Whether it be for preplanning, or an at-need funeral, we are more than happy walk you through the entire process. At Hetherington Funerals, we are passionate about what we do, and love helping and educating people. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on (08) 9459 2846, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to talk to you!