When the times comes…

If there had been a death in the family yesterday… what would you do today… this will help…

When a loved one or friend passes, it’s best to call 000 immediately and ask for an ambulance. Once the ambulance crew arrives they will either contact the person’s GP or the police.

KEY POINT: if the death was unexpected, not clear, is suspicious or the person did not have a regular GP, the police must be called. Either the family or the doctor will need to organise a funeral director as a priority to allow the transferal of the body.

Department of Health regulations mean that the deceased person’s body must be moved as soon as possible. Good funeral directors operate a 24-hour service (Thompson’s Funeral and Monumental Services operates its own mortuary in Northam). In some cases, the Coroner may also be involved to conduct a post mortem to determine the cause of death.

What Many People Don’t Realise

The deceased person is transported to the Coroner by a funeral company. Which funeral company does the transporting is determined by who has the current tendered contract with the Coroner.

Please be aware this does not mean you have to use the same funeral company for your service. THE CHOICE OF FUNERAL DIRECTOR IS ALWAYS THE FAMILY’S.

You get to decide. Often who does the funeral is different to the company that transported the deceased to the coroner.

The following information is required by law to register a death:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Residential address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Marital status
  • All details relating to marriages
  • Parents full names and occupations
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Names of all deceased’s children, living and deceased
  • Dates of birth of the children

And, if a Personal Funeral Plan has not been completed, the Funeral Director will need the following:

  • Choice of burial or cremation
  • The day, time and venue of the service
  • Who is to lead the service – a member of the clergy or a funeral celebrant?
  • Is a viewing appropriate?
  • What sort of casket or coffin?
  • Who will carry the casket or coffin?
  • What kind of music will we have?
  • Will there be a eulogy?
  • What, if any, flowers would be most appropriate?
  • Would you like to place a notice in the newspaper? If so, which paper/s?
  • Would you like to arrange for people to able to make donations to a particular charity in honour of the person?
  • What special things can be done to personalise the ceremony?

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