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    Earlwood’s supportive funeral directors

    When the time comes to say a final farewell to your loved one, it can be hard to focus on anything other than your family and heartache. Important decisions still need to be made to ensure the deceased can be laid to rest in peace, and in a manner they’ve always wanted.

    As Earlwood’s caring and supportive funeral directors, Divinity Funerals Pty Ltd is always available to turn to in your time of need. We can guide you through the most appropriate options available to ensure the wishes of your loved ones are respected, and help you to take care of the legal requirements.

    Our aim is to be funeral directors that make a real difference and relieve you of some of the burden of planning and arranging a personalised funeral.

    We’ve answered some questions below that we often get asked by families who come to see us in Earlwood. If you require advice with anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Divinity Funerals Pty Ltd.

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    What is the purpose of a funeral?
    Funerals provide family members and friends with a caring and supportive environment and are the first step in the healing process. They are a time to recognise the death of a loved one and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:

    • Providing a social support system for the bereaved
    • Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that death is part of life
    • Integrating the bereaved back into the community
    • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
    • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
    • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who has died
    • Providing a time to say goodbye

    As well-established funeral directors, Divinity Funerals Pty Ltd can help you to create a social gathering to honour the memory of the deceased and choose a funeral that’s right for you and the individual.

    I've never arranged a funeral before. What do I need to know?
    At some time in our lives, most of us will make, or assist in making, funeral arrangements. This will not be an easy time, but we offer these tips for planning:

    • Be an informed consumer and ask questions
    • Choose an independent funeral home and a licensed funeral director
    • Discuss all service and payment options during the funeral arrangements
    • Make sure you receive a copy of the funeral home's general price list
    • Be prepared, make decisions and organise details in advance 
    • Plan a personalised and meaningful ceremony to help you begin healing

    What do funeral directors do?
    Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the deceased.

    Not only are funeral directors listeners, advisors and supporters, they also have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Experienced funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognise when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. To ensure you’re never alone throughout the grieving process, funeral directors also link family and friends with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

    What types of funeral services exist?
    Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. There is no wrong or right funeral service. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions and by costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.

    Why have a public viewing?
    Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grieving process by helping the bereaved recognise the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children as long as the process is explained and the activity is voluntary.

    Embalming questions

    What is the purpose of embalming?
    Embalming sanitises and preserves the deceased, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of someone disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

    Is embalming required by law?
    No. However, most states require embalming when death is caused by a reportable contagious disease, when the deceased is to be transported from one state or country to another by common carrier, or if final disposition is not to be made within a prescribed number of hours. 

    Cremation questions

    Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
    As more people are choosing cremation, funeral directors are striving to give consumers a true sense of what their many options are. Often, funeral directors find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one. Therefore, they request direct cremation and deny the surviving friends and family an opportunity to honour them with a memorial service. In actuality, cremation is only part of the commemorative experience. In fact, cremation can actually increase your options when planning a funeral. Cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honoured. However, this doesn't mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded. Even with cremation, a meaningful memorial that is personalised to reflect the life of the deceased could include: 

    • A visitation prior to the service
    • An open or closed casket
    • Special music, poems and personal readings
    • A ceremony at the funeral chapel, your place of worship or another special location
    • Participation by friends and family

    Commonly, cremated remains are placed in an urn and committed to an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium; interred in a family burial plot; or included in a special urn garden.

    Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden or at a place that was special to the person. Today, cremated remains can even become part of an ocean reef or made into diamonds.

    Where can I get more information on cremation?
    We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral or memorial service with a cremation. For more technical information about the cremation process, we encourage you to view information on-line at the National Funeral Directors Association.

    Funeral cost questions

    How much does the average funeral cost?
    In 2006, the average charge for an adult, full-service funeral was $5,771.73. This includes a professional service charge, transfer of the deceased, embalming, other preparations, use of viewing facilities, and use of facilities for the ceremony, hearse, limousine, and coffin. The coffin included in this price was a Rosewood Mahogany Craft-wood flat lid coffin, supplied with fitted plastic handle and thumb screws with satin interior. Vault, cemetery and monument charges are additional. (Source: 2006 NFDA Survey of Funeral Home Operations)

    To speak with reputable funeral directors in Earlwood, call us today on 02 9718 8878 .

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