Some decisions that need to be made for a funeral service
  • Venue and time
  • Place of burial or cremation
  • Coffin or casket
  • Notices and obituaries
  • Flowers
  • Pallbearers
  • Eulogies
  • Refreshments
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Arranging a Funeral Service

When faced with having to arrange a funeral service, many have little or no experience in organising such an event. You can make the funeral simple or detailed and we can provide a range of options to suit your wishes and needs.

Initial meeting can be at our office or in your home. Some people may have some knowledge of the arrangements they want, others may wish to consider alternatives before making decisions. We are here to provide assistance and guidance.

What to do when someone dies

At some stage in our lives death will touch us all. It might be a member of your family or a friend. Having understanding of death and some knowledge of its practicalities, can help you prepare for what to do.

Who to notify

If a death occurs at home, you will need to contact a doctor first (or the police if necessary) who will issue a medical death certificate. If required the police can arrange transfer to the coroner. Legally, a death certificate must be signed by a doctor or the coroner. You may also call a Priest or Minister if you wish. If a death occurs in hospital or in a nursing home, the hospital staff will arrange for a doctor to issue the medical death certificate.

Contact a funeral director

The next step is to contact Sapphire Coast Funerals to arrange the transfer of the deceased. At this stage you can discuss the required timing of the transfer with us, and of course you will need to contact your family.

What to do in advance to prepare for the first meeting with us