Frequently Asked Questions...
There are many questions that a family may need answered when someone passes away. We hope that we can answer some of these questions for you. If there are any others, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0419 584 424 for help.
Funerals can vary greatly in cost, depending on all the different elements and choices made by the family. Basically, the funeral costs can be broken into two types, the fee charged by the Funeral Director, and the Disbursements made on your behalf by them to the various bodies involved. disbursements are usually paid to the Church or chapel, the cemetery or crematorium, the newspapers for the funeral and death notice, the florist, doctors, etc. AIFP members are required to detail the costs of funeral products (coffins/caskets, floral tributes etc.), services and facilities provided by them. Details of payments made on behalf of the client must also be made available.
No one ever wants to organise a funeral but when the inevitable happens it is reassuring to know that The Association of Independent Funeral Professionals (AIFP) will guide you through the process and help you make arrangements at what can be a very upsetting time.
The AIFP is dedicated to maintaining the highest of standards throughout the funeral profession to ensure bereaved families receive the advice and support they need and deserve. The AIFP represents a broad spectrum of funeral directing businesses,
The Association of Independent Funeral Professionals demand high professional standards so, in order to be accepted into membership, applicants are assessed against strict criteria. Members of the AIFP are then required to abide by a Code of Practice.
Funeral arrangements are usually made by the immediate family of the deceased. The deceased may have left specific instructions about where to be buried or cremated and what form the funeral service should take. Most people respect the deceased’s wishes where possible.
If there is any dispute about who is entitled to make the arrangements or about the precise arrangements, the personal representatives are entitled to make the decisions. The personal representatives of the deceased are the executors of the will if there is a will or the people entitled to administer the estate if there is no will. The people entitled to administer the estate in the absence of a will are immediate family members.
Normally a doctor will be in attendance or called to confirm death. The doctor and or staff will confirm to you whether or not a postmortem examination will be required. In most instances, this will not be necessary and you are free to telephone a funeral director to make funeral arrangements.