Peter J Jackson, Funeral Directors
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Peter J Jackson, Funeral Directors
PO box 15 Merredin 6415 08 9041 1054
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Caring for the families of the wheatbelt
Organising the funeral Funerals are arranged by a funeral director undertaking your instructions. They will arrange for the body to be moved from the place of death and will obtain certificates for the burial or cremation service . A form has to be filled out and signed by the next of kin for a cremation and a cremation permit has to be obtained by the funeral director. The funeral director can also arrange other matters such as newspaper notices, floral and clergy. If you don't know who to contact, the Funeral Directors' Association in your State can help. Funeral costs can vary considerably. It is important to know what you are getting and how much it will cost. Don't let yourself spend more than you can afford. The funeral director should provide a written quotation of what will be provided in the costs. The Will may provide for the cost of the funeral arrangements as well as specifying whether burial or cremation is preferred. Viewing the body You have the option of viewing the body. Some people find this can help them. It gives you a chance to say your personal goodbyes. It can also help if you see the person who has died is now at peace, especially if they were suffering before they died. Related article: Why do autopsies ?
When someone dies at home, the first step is to call the person's doctor. The doctor or the hospital authorities will explain what steps are necessary before the death certificate can be completed. Funeral arrangements cannot be completed until the death certificate has been signed. Relatively few people die at home in Australia today,which means that most of the time the hospital or other authorities will take care of the medical necessities and formalities. The death certificate The death certificate is the official registration of death. It is signed by the doctor who pronounces the death and must be lodged with the relevant State Government office. In most States, this office is known as the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Your funeral director will usually organise lodgement for you. A copy of the death certificate for the next of kin is usually arranged by the funeral director - this may take several weeks.In unusual circumstances, for example if an autopsy or coronial inquiry is conducted, it could take eight weeks to several months to issue the death certificate. The death information form provides the information for the certified death certificate, so great care should be taken when providing this information. This form can be filled in and submitted the clients page.