When Death Occurs

Our role

Our role as funeral directors is to assist and guide you through all the procedures following a death. We will arrange all of the details necessary to fulfil your funeral requirements. It is advisable to contact us as soon as possible, so that we may begin to advise and support you and your family with the arrangements.

Process

Most deaths occur in a hospital or nursing home and generally the hospital staff will take care of the legal and medical necessities contacting the treating doctor. When someone dies at home, the treating Doctor needs to be contacted usually by family members, hospice nurse or your funeral director. Legally a medical certificate of death must be signed by your doctor. When we have confirmation that your doctor is able to sign the death certificate, we will arrange to transfer the deceased to our premises at Doveton Park.

Notice

Should the doctor be unable to ascertain the cause of death, or in the case of sudden or accidental death where a doctor cannot issue a certificate, the deceased should not be moved or disturbed. In these circumstances the Coroner's Office will make the arrangements for the transfer of the deceased. To establish the cause of death usually a post-mortem examination is required. Funeral arrangements can proceed while awaiting the Coroners investigation. We are able to provide more information detailing the Coroners process if required. Later, at an agreed convenient time we will meet with your family to discuss the arrangements for the funeral.

The Value of a Funeral

The holding of a funeral today is probably more important than ever before.
Although death will inevitably come to us all, in today's world it is a subject rarely discussed and consequently not well understood. This makes it difficult for us to cope when it occurs.

Our modern society has trivialised or removed death from our everyday lives and made the experience of dying more and more alien to us. We do not know what to expect, how to deal with our fears, feelings and hesitancies or bring comfort to either the dying or the bereaved.

Funerals are a way of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of someone we love.

It is a way in which we can say goodbye and commemorate their life in a meaningful ceremony.

Funerals:

  • Help us acknowledge that someone we love has died.
  • Help us remember the person who has died and to share these memories.
  • Affirms the value of our relationship with the deceased.
  • Provide a support system for the family and friends.
  • Allows us to search for a meaning of life and death.
  • Offer hope for the living.

The funeral can be the single most important external avenue through which people can give expression to their grief and hopefully take that vital next step to emotional and psychological recovery.