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Role of a Funeral Director

Primarily, the role of a funeral director is one of service. Our training and experience enable us to listen to your wishes for a funeral service, then combine them with practical needs and legal requirements resulting in a funeral service that is appropriate for you and your family.

The Member of Allens Funerals are experienced in managing your needs at this most sensitive time and will guide you with compassion.

At your arrangement meeting you will be given a written quote detailing the cost of the necessary components for the type of funeral service you require  to which will be added the cost of those items and services you have chosen to personalise the funeral service.

Once you have met with your funeral director, he or she will commence the necessary tasks to create the funeral service. Many of these are listed below

  • Transportation of the deceased from place of death to the funeral director’s mortuary.
  • Mortuary care, preparation and dressing of the deceased, and placement in their coffin.
  • Obtaining cause of death and cremation (if required) certificates from the hospital or treating doctor.
  • Completion and lodgement of death registration forms with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • Obtaining original certified death certificate from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for later use by family or solicitor.
  • Placement of press notices in the newspapers.
  • Liaising with clergy or funeral celebrant.
  • Organising booking times with church, cemetery or crematorium.
  • Organising floral arrangements, church booklets, musicians etc.
  • Conducting the funeral service.
  • Preparation and issue of a final account detailing the cost of disbursements (which may have differed slightly from the original quote), their professional & service fees as well as the merchandise you have chosen.