What You Might Not Be Aware Of When Planning A Funeral

What You Might Not Be Aware Of When Planning A Funeral

Understandably many people are unaware of the planning that goes into a funeral. It can be upsetting, overwhelming and something you would rather leave to a professional funeral planner.

Although it can be an unpleasant thing to talk about it (let alone think about), informing yourself on the funeral planning process can give you the opportunity to make educated choices and take comfort in knowing you are giving your loved one a suitable and desired farewell. 


What you need to be aware of when planning a funeral

To make this task as simple as possible, we've created a quick guide in this blog post, for all the key elements for planning a funeral for your loved one.


Choosing a burial or cremation

Choosing either a burial or cremation is a deeply personal decision that is made involving the families of the deceased or the wishes of the deceased themselves. When planning a funeral a common thing people may not be aware of, are the reasons behind making that choice. These can include religious requirements, tradition or just simply a preference.

Cremation is generally cheaper than a burial due to costs involved with the burial process such as land-space and purchasing of a tombstone or plaque, however it is always advised to discuss with your funeral planner the precise costs involved.

It is commonly religion that influences the decision for burial or cremation. People may choose to cremate as it is cheaper than a burial, is a simpler process and generally a cleaner option of disposal. Cremation can be favoured for those wanting to spread their loved ones ashes, keep them on display in their home, or have them entombed where as a burial can be an option for those that are uncomfortable about the cremation process, those who wish to create a monument in honour of the deceased or wish for a natural location to visit.


Incorporate videos/photos/music into the ceremony

This is can be optional, however also a lovely way of tributing your loved one. Start by collecting any photos or videos you may want to use in the ceremony. A great option for presenting photos is through a slideshow - if you are unsure about how to make one yourself you may be able to contact your funeral planner for help. Note that you also want to make sure that the funeral venue will have a way of projecting the slideshow.

You can also choose a song/songs to be played during the service. Perhaps one of your loved ones favourite songs or one that reminds you of them.


Extra services

Make sure that you discuss with a funeral planner the extra services and costs you may require for the funeral or ceremony of your loved one.

These can include:

  • Repatriation
  • Embalming
  • Viewing
  • Burial Vaults
  • Flowers
  • Transport

Prepare a Eulogy

A eulogy is a short speech given at a funeral or memorial service, which captures the life of the deceased and should encompass all the great time and memories.

For help writing a eulogy, you can see our post here.


Presentation of the deceased

If you are choosing to have a viewing of the deceased, an above ground burial or they are being taken overseas than it is important to discuss with a funeral director about presentation and embalming. 

If requested, the mortuary preparation process will take place which can involve the washing and dressing of the deceased ensuring that the eyes and mouths are closed, applying makeup, hairstyling and shaving if required.


Submit Information to a Funeral Director

This is necessary so the death can be legally registered with the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You will need to following information:

  • the deceased full name
  • latest known address
  • date and place of birth
  • date and place of death
  • fathers name
  • mothers maiden name
  • marital status at time of death

Many people are often unaware of the detailed planning and requirements of a funeral.

If you would like a more inclusive tool, please feel free to download our planning a funeral guide. You can download your free copy by clicking the image below. We're always available to talk if you need assistance at any stage.


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Lady Anne Funerals is here to support and assist your family through what can be a difficult time, with a ladies touch. 

We are available to discuss a range of services to support your family, including: 

  • Personalised memorial services
  • Cremation and burial services
  • Religious services catering to all faith's
  • No service, no attendance 

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Some of the families we've helped

“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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