You mean that I can do the funeral myself???
YES, you can.
However, there will be areas that you may need the assistance of a funeral company like Academy Funerals
After the death of a loved one you might decide not to use a funeral director. Some families choose instead to arrange the funeral themselves in what is commonly known as a DIY funeral.
Before you decide
The decision to arrange a DIY funeral should not be taken lightly. Some people find the process helpful, but for some it is too stressful to organise everything themselves, especially during an already difficult time. Be sure that you can handle the arrangements, both practically and emotionally. It can help to have plenty of support from family and friends as you arrange the funeral. If you decide to call on family and friends for advice. Make sure that they know what they are talking about.
The situation will be stressful and some well-meaning inaccurate advice will make the situation worse.
(Hospitals, Coroners, Cemeteries and Crematoriums are not interested, and frequently don’t have the time to explain that just because it was done that way in your country. Or you had read an article on Google. It is different here in Australia and Queensland)
One of the main issues that needs to be considered is where you will keep your loved one until the funeral. Whereas funeral directors will embalm or have specialist refrigeration facilities, if you decide to undertake a DIY funeral you will need to find a suitable place to store your loved one at the right temperature.
It is possible to use dry ice, however, if this is used incorrectly the outcome will be a disaster and may result in injury to those in attendance. Practical considerations such as this need to be thought about carefully before you commit to a DIY funeral.
Arranging a DIY funeral
If you want to arrange the funeral yourself, instead of via a funeral director, you will need to organise each element of the service, from transfer of the deceased from the place of death right through to the committal at the cemetery or crematorium yourself.
This will require speaking directly with providers, such as crematoria, religious organisations and coffin manufacturers. Be aware that some of these may not be very helpful, for many and varied reasons
Elements you may need to consider include the following:
•   Will the hospital / nursing home or coroner release the
    deceased to you if you do not have the correct equipment?
•   Have you obtained the correct documentation to have a
     body released from the hospital or coroner?
•   Have you considered the mortuary work that is frequently
     necessary to keep a body and those in attendance safely?
•   How and where will you hold the body, and what method
    will you be using? (Embalm, Refrigeration, Dry ice)
•   Is an embalm necessary and if so who will do this for you
    and what facilities do you have to accommodate this procedure?
•   Do you know how to dress a deceased person?
•   If the body is to be cremated, do you have the
    documentation for; and a doctor arranged to issue the cremation permit?
•  Buying a coffin. (Most manufacturers will not supply the public directly
   (Try your local Cosco, they have some very nice ones)
•  Make sure that the coffin is the correct size for the person going in it.
•  Making your own coffin. (Be careful of specifications, Dimensions and material)
•   Booking a time slot for the service at the crematorium
•   Are you aware of the time restraints at crematoriums and how the sound systems work? (Remember the
   crematorium does not supply staff to assist you during the service)
•  Booking a grave using the appropriate documentation
•  Many cemeteries do not supply lowering machines. (Do you know how to safely hand lower a coffin or casket
   without hurting anyone?
•  Hiring a celebrant to officiate the service
•  Hiring any transport required to move the coffin
•  Hiring a monumental mason if a grave requires re-opening to facilitate the burial
•  Ordering memorial masonry or commemorative plaques
•  Ordering floral tributes
•  Ordering funeral stationery such as order of service booklets
•  Purchasing or making a memorial book
•  Making choices about music, hymns, readings
•  Booking a venue for the wake
•  Posting an obituary or funeral notice in local or major newspapers (The newspaper may refuse to take the notice
   unless you can prove the death has occurred)
•  Registering the death with the State Registering Authority.
•  Ordering a death certificate
Don’t be surprised if many of the suppliers IE Hospitals, Coroner/s Cemeteries, Crematoriums and the like are NOT very helpful.
For those who decide to go down the DIY track, many find the experience frustrating and extremely rewarding at the same time.
For any advice on this contact Academy Funerals and we will assist with the difficulties and smooth out the frustrations that you may come across.
We are happy to advise how things are done and make sure that the documentation is correct. Also, to assist with transport and mortuary care if required. We have found that many families are happy for us to deal with the legalities and provide minimum assistance with the areas that they are happy to handle themselves.
Ashley and Katrina are happy to assist you at all hours
(07) 3261 8222