Arranging A Funeral
A funeral service signifies the loss of a loved one and marks an important step in the grieving process and it allows everyone to be aware that the deceased is no longer with us and to express their thoughts and feelings towards them.
Planning a funeral can be an overwhelming task. You’re responding to the loss of a loved one and trying to process them not being in your world anymore so having someone to guide and support you through the decision making and organising can be invaluable.
Funerals are also an opportunity to get together with family and friends to share memories, celebrate life and find some comfort with each other. Their ritual, whether religious or secular, help relatives and friends cope better with their pain, and to focus on their lives and their future. They can be personalised to honour the loved one and demonstrate the importance they had to you.
At Gateway Funerals, we feel it is a privilege to be a part of such an important time which is why we take the extra steps to make those left behind to feel supported throughout.
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What to do When a Loved One Dies
When a death occurs, it is usual for people to be unsure of what to do. You may experience a sense of shock, disbelief or numbness. We will help support and guide you through the initial steps and provide advice on other things you may need to think about when a loved one passes.
If someone passes away at home, the first person to be contacted is the Doctor of the deceased. The doctor or locum, will attend to confirm that the death has occurred. Once this is done, you can contact Gateway to arrange the transfer of the deceased into our care. There is no hurry for this, if you want to spend quiet time with your loved one let us know when you’re ready and we will work to your timeframe.
At a Hospital or Aged Care Facility
If a death occurs at an aged care home or a hospital, Gateway can be contacted by either yourself or the staff to arrange transfer of the deceased into our care.
Tell next of kin, family and friends
In our experience, you should also contact next of kin, family and friends that the death has occurred as their support will be invaluable to you at this time.
After having taken these practical steps, arrangements for the funeral service can be made at your convenience in either our facilities or your own home. Our team are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The First Steps to Arranging a Funeral
The first thing to do is to find someone who can take care of the necessary requirements. You can have complete trust and confidence in Gateway Grant, a long established Australian owned funeral company. Our practical knowledge, expertise and understanding will assist you with any problems or worries that may arise.
We will arrange a personal discussion with the family or executor, wither in our office or at the family home. At this meeting the wishes of the family will be discussed including various statutory documents and forms which will need to be completed and signed.