What to Expect When You Arrive at the Grace Funerals
“Your feelings and your comfort are the most important things at this time” Tom Dooley
Firstly you will be welcomed by your Funeral Arranger who will be guiding you through the funeral arrangement. They will show you into our comfortable and contemporary family arranging room, where you will be offered refreshments.
We will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one’s life. This is not a one-way conversation; this is your service and we want to hear your ideas and desires, we use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.
Our arranger will assist you with:
- Firstly we will listen to how you want the feel of the service, if you need guidance we will guide, if you know exactly what you want we will fulfill your wishes.
- Preparing and filing the official death certificate with Births, Deaths & Marriages
- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
- Burial or Cremation and where it will take place
- Scheduling a Viewing
- Choice of Clergy or Celebrant
- Selecting a casket, urn, flowers or other items
- Designing your orders of service and other tribute memories
- Preparing an obituary notice
- Selecting pallbearers
- Transparency on all costs and fees
You will also sign necessary authorisations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.
Personalising the Farewell
We encourage you to bring any photos, a favourite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral arranger can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favourite song or favourite gathering place, even their favourite activity, will help us create a truly fitting memorial service. Also bring the clothes that you would like your loved one to be dressed in.
Registering a death
All deaths that occur within NSW are legally required to be registered with the office of Births, Deaths & Marriages. We will ensure that your loved one’s death is registered quickly and accurately. Once registered, Births, Deaths & Marriages provide a formal death certificate, which is often needed in relation to any legal and estate issues that may need to be attended to.
To accurately register a death the following information is required:
- Full legal name
- Last address
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father’s name & occupation
- Mother’s full name including maiden name & occupation
- Date of Marriage(s), To Whom, and Place(s) of Marriage
- Full names of Children and their dates of birth
Additional Items you may like to bring into the initial meeting are:
- A Recent Photograph
- Place of burial (if pre arranged)
- Centrelink /DVA Number
- Brief Obituary (if possible)