When Death Occurs, What Do I Start?

We aim to make the planning of a funeral service as simple as possible. We understand that you may not want to make these decisions at this difficult time, but we are here to help and guide you along the way.

The below steps are a guide to help support your through this challenging time of when a death occurs.

Step 1: Mental Preparedness

There are two initial phases you need to consider when a death occurs, these are:

  1. Who to contact to ease your pain
  2. Your emotional well-being

When a death occurs, you need to let the right individuals know to ensure the appropriate care is taken. It is important to call on loved ones to help support you through this initial shock. If the death is unexpected, it is important to contact the police and the immediate family. You need others to know what happened and to guide you through the process.

If the death occurs in supervised care, then the staff will take the appropriate steps to arrange the death certificate and inform the necessary persons. A doctor will visit to confirm the death, either at home or in a hospital.

There is another aspect that is equally important. You need to take a pause for you. This means trying to get some rest, getting as much help as possible from family, and easing into the next couple of days. You deserve this break to feel emotionally prepared for the foreseeable future.

A Funeral Director will step in when the time is right to begin conversations around funeral arrangements.

Step 2: Budget and Getting Started

We offer personalised funeral and cremation services to meet any budget. Our cremation and burial funeral services are low-cost as we want families to have access to funeral services options while not being burdened with the financial aspects.

We also know how important and distracting costs can be. This is why our sister company, Personal Farewells, offer the simple solution of a Funeral Planner where you can begin to plan the service yourself. You can choose a cremation or burial service option that fits your budget, and we do our part to offer beautiful services in these trying times.

Step 3: Meeting the Funeral Director

Your Funeral Director will be your helping hand through this process. The first meeting can be daunting because you may not know what to expect. Thankfully, there is very little you have to do. We will ask if there is a Will present or any pre-arranged funeral contract details and these will help guide the conversation. If the deceased has not expressed any wishes about their funeral, you will need to make these decisions in their honour.

We are here to listen and guide you. We will provide you with available options and provide you with personalised and affordable solutions to honour your loved one in a dignified and meaningful way.

Step 4: Notification Checklist

After a death, there are a number of individuals and groups that need to notified.

The Department of Human Services have provided a checklist, for more information please click here.

We’re always here to talk. Affordable Cremations is a family-owned funeral business that is compassionate towards your wishes and those of your family. Contact us during any time of the day for more information about our services.

Comparing the Price of Funeral Providers

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You may have noticed that the price of funerals in Australia can range quite dramatically – there could be hundreds or even thousands of dollars in cost difference from one provider to the next. This can be confusing for families going through the funeral organising process; when looking for a funeral to honour the life of your loved one, do you have to accept a drop in quality when you opt for a more affordable option?

In this guide, we’re discussing why there are such differences in price range, and how you can find a funeral provider that’s right for your budget and your family.

Why are some providers cheaper than others?

One major reason some funeral services cost more than others is due to the nature and size of the company. Larger, corporate organisations tend to house CEOs, boards and multiple location sites have more overheads compared to independent and family-owned funeral companies, who are able to pass on these savings to the families of the recently passed.

In this industry, price is rarely a reflection of quality. You can choose an affordable funeral that is just right for the person who has died, because it’s unlikely that they would have wanted you to struggle to pay for something you can’t afford. Try not to feel as though it’s disrespectful to take costs into consideration when choosing a funeral provider.

How to choose a funeral provider

When cost is important, but professional support from a reputable business matters too, there are some steps you can take to make sure you find a funeral provider that is right for you and your family.

  1. Do your research ahead of time and speak to the company directly. Call funeral providers near you to discuss your budget and requirements.
  2. Shop around to get a feel of who you’re comfortable with and who you think best matches your expectations during this sensitive time. Get at least two quotes and ask for a breakdown of the cost, so you know exactly what’s included.
  3. Ask any questions you like. The process can seem overwhelming – since it’s not something we do very often – so discuss any details related to preparations and processes on the day.

In short, a higher bill doesn’t equal a better funeral. Things like the words you say and the music you play can be much more meaningful than expensive cars and coffins. The most important thing is that you make the day unique to your family, and you work with a funeral provider that understands your wishes and provides the guidance you need during this time.

Instant, transparent pricing from Affordable Cremations

Affordable Cremations and our sister site, Personal Farewells funeral planner, offer simple, affordable options for people across New South Wales. Our prices are always transparent with no hidden costs, and we’re able to provide a quote online instantly. Check our website or Contact us for a quote or to discuss your options and wishes with us.

Scrutiny and Transparency in the Funeral Industry

Scrutiny and Transparency in the Funeral Industry

Organising a funeral when you’re going through one of the toughest times in your life – the death of a loved one – can feel like a lot of added stress. To help lessen the burden, it’s best to work with caring, personal funeral directors that have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately, the funeral industry has been under scrutiny for as long as we can remember, thanks to pricing that is often less than transparent from a number of service providers.

This has led to many complaints from grieving people that have ended up paying above their expectations, at a time when they’re most vulnerable. There have been calls to turn this around, so people in Australia can feel confident that they’re choosing a funeral provider they can trust.

Calls for greater transparency in the funeral industry

We’ve seen the operations of a number of other funeral providers in the area. Often, funeral companies won’t provide pricing on their website, over the phone or in writing. Instead, they request that the potential customer comes to visit them in person – making it easier for the provider to lure in an already vulnerable person, at a time when they’re dealing with high levels of grief.

It’s natural for families to make arrangements in a rush; they don’t shop around and they settle for the first price they’re offered, assuming this is the industry norm. The problem is that too many providers are not transparent about their costs, and they add on a disproportionately high service fee to the other essential items such as transfers, certifications and coffins or cremation fees.

In this stressful time, families need support. If they’re not provided with an upfront, itemised bill, then they might not think to ask for one – which is how many funeral providers increase costs unnecessarily. It’s important to remember that you have the right to ask for an itemised bill (a cost breakdown), according to the Australian Consumer Law.

Instant quotes from Affordable Cremations

At Affordable Cremations, we pride ourselves on honesty and transparency. We’re there as a guidance for the people that choose us during this upsetting time, and we offer simple and affordable options for families across New South Wales.

Our direct cremation pricing is available on our website with an instant quote function. We do this to prevent any pressure to commit to a company without knowing your options. You won’t need to visit us in a funeral home or be “sold” to. You can simply get a quote online, email or call us and we’ll talk you through the process and provide a clear breakdown of our costs.

Get in touch

If you’d prefer a family-run funeral provider that offers simple, fuss-free funerals in NSW, get in touch with Affordable Cremations. We make the entire process easier for you, with no surprise costs or the need for you to visit us. Just Contact us to discuss your options.

How to Determine Who is the Next of Kin

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How to Determine Who is the Next of Kin

A next of kin describes a person’s closest blood relative or someone with a close relationship to a person (for example, a child or a spouse). There are some differences about who should be named next of kin across different states of Australia, and the discussion often arises amongst families that are experiencing the death of someone close to them.

Although the next of kin has no legal rights, they usually take on responsibilities such as registering the death and organising the funeral of the deceased person. The next of kin relationship is especially important when determining complex issues such as inheritance rights, if a person dies and has no will and/or no children.

Who should be named next of kin?

When someone dies without a will, their closest relative is usually referred to as the next of kin. Generally, this is the chosen order of who should be named next of kin:

  1.  Their spouse or civil partner
  2. Their children; this includes legally adopted children, but usually doesn’t include step-children, unless stated otherwise
  3. Parents
  4. Siblings
  5. Any person named as an executor in the will
  6. Any person who was the legal personal representative

What if there is no next of kin?

In the circumstance where a person dies in hospital and has no living relatives or close friends, and no assets, the responsibility falls on the hospital to arrange the funeral using governmental services.

If somebody dies at home and has no next of kin, a burial or cremation will be organised for the “deceased destitute person”. This is carried out by the relevant Director of Public Health, who will arrange the funeral through a government agency, once a doctor has issued a medical certificate containing the cause of death.

A person that does have sufficient assets, but no next of kin, will have their funeral arranged by the NSW Trustee and Guardian, using the person’s own assets.

What is a senior next of kin?

The “senior next of kin” is the person or family member of the person that has passed, who becomes the main point of contact for the Coroner and the primary person in charge of decisions. Establishing the senior next of kin is important, as it provides one singular person for the Coroner to be in touch with, rather than having to contact multiple members of the family.

The senior next of kin is chosen based on the numbered system we have listed above.

Contact Affordable Cremations for support

We understand that this can be a confusing and complicated time. If you’ve been named the senior next of kin for someone close to you that has recently passed, Affordable Cremations offers a personal service for no service, no attendance funerals in New South Wales. We’re available 24 hours a day, Contact us for a conversation with a member of our team.

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