There are no legal requirements in Australia to use a Funeral Director, you can choose to manage everything yourself at home and keep your loved one with you from the moment of death until cremation or burial.
However, many people find it easier to use a funeral director to navigate the necessary legal requirements and we would be happy to support you in finding the right funeral home for any additional services that you require.
If you choose to have a family-led funeral, we can assist with all aspects of supporting you to do that. More and more people are returning to the old ‘traditional’ ways of caring for their loved ones themselves rather than sending them off to a morgue until a brief farewell or viewing at the funeral or service.
To that end, it is also becoming increasingly popular to consciously choose more ‘green’ or environmentally friendly options for burials to lower the carbon footprint on our planet caused by the ‘usual’ burials or cremations we have known in the recent past.
The benefits of a family-led funeral are many, but most importantly they allow more time for family and friends to say their goodbyes over a few days in a natural home environment sharing happy memories, laughing, crying and supporting each other in the grief process.
Death acceptance occurs more easily when you have the time needed to be in their presence and your mind can see and accept that your loved one has now gone.
There are also vast financial and environmental savings in being in control of your own choices and decisions about how you want to remember them or how they wanted to be remembered as you celebrate the life you have loved and are now letting go.