In this article, we’ll go into some of the options available and what they will mean for you and your family.
A funeral is an opportunity to remember your loved one’s life, whether it be the service for a burial or cremation. When it comes to having a funeral there are a lot of options available, ranging from having a full funeral service, a graveside funeral, a funeral and memorial service, or no funeral service at all. Most families choose to have a funeral service in addition to a burial or cremation, allowing time for people to say goodbye and honour the memory of their loved one.
If you’re planning on having a funeral service, you have the option of having an open-casket funeral. This means you will be able to see the body in the casket or coffin at the funeral service, allowing people to lay flowers inside and say goodbye directly. The body will need to be prepared for this to be presentable and will require the assistance of a funeral home.
A burial involves placing the body of the deceased in a burial plot in the ground, in a grave, or above ground in a crypt or mausoleum. For a burial, you will need to have a space available for burial, whether that’s a plot in a cemetery or a dedicated crypt for your family. This will need to be organised ahead of time. You will also need a coffin or casket, which a funeral director can help you organise, or you may do so yourself.
If you’re planning on having a burial, you have the option of having a graveside funeral service. This means gathering around the grave to say your goodbyes, rather than inside a venue such as a funeral home or a church. Some people choose to have a private graveside service and others prefer to share the time with family and friends.
If you have private land, some families choose to bury their loved ones there, whether that’s around the family home or in the countryside. All burials can be customised according to your preferences, with flowers, music, and more. If you’re planning a burial and you’re not sure where to start, a funeral director can point you in the right direction, giving you ideas and ensuring every part of the service is covered.
Instead of a burial, you may choose to have a cremation. Cremation is a cost-effective alternative to a burial, where the deceased is moved to a crematorium for cremation. This has to happen within 48 hours of the funeral service according to Australian legislation
If a funeral service isn’t your thing, or your loved one has requested not to have one, you may choose to have a direct cremation. This is the most cost-effective type of funeral, including only the cremation and the services needed to make that happen. Most direct cremation services include transportation of the body, an urn, administration fees, documentation, and the cost of the cremation itself.
After cremation, the ashes are returned to you. Many families choose to keep the ashes in an urn, but you also have the option of scattering the ashes. This can be done either privately or as part of a funeral service or memorial service. Some families choose to have a memorial in a cemetery as well, placing some of the ashes there and scattering the rest, so that they have somewhere to visit.
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