FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Firstly, what is a Civil Funeral Celebrant?
A civil Funeral Celebrant is a professionally trained ceremony-provider for end-of-life ceremonies. The decisions about the content of the ceremony are made by the family in accordance with the wishes of the deceased, in consultation with the civil celebrant.
A Civil Celebrant performs funerals or memorial services in a dignified and culturally acceptable manner, for those not choosing a religious ceremony. Your civil Funeral Celebrants can perform the funeral service of those who hold religious beliefs, but who may not wish to be buried or cremated from a church, temple or mosque. A trained civil Celebrant does not come from any doctrinal belief or unbelief, and usually operates professionally on the principle that their own beliefs and values are not relevant.
The civil Celebrant is usually the central person who delivers the ceremony, chosen because they co-create a funeral service, or memorial that is centred on the loved one, their experiences and achievements.
1. What needs to be done after the person has died?
A Doctor must confirm and record the Medical Certificate for Cause of Death.
If there are unusual or suspicious circumstances, the police will need to be notified for the commencement of a coronial investigation.
You will need to decide on burial or cremation. It is recommended that you use a Funeral Director from a nearby Funeral Home.
2. Where do we hold the funeral ceremony or memorial service?
There are no legal restrictions on where a funeral ceremony can be held (with permission of the site owner) and no licences are needed. Talk to me about your options!
A graveside service can be personalised to your values, culture and spiritual, emotional or personal preferences. Alternatively, you may choose to hold the ceremony in a park, surf club, hall or at home.
Most families choose to hold some form of funeral service, before the coffin or casket is relocated for cremation. Australian legislation requires cremations to be carried out on the same day as the funeral service, or in the 48-hours immediately following.
The Funeral Director will guide you in your options here (such as Crematorium Chapel or direct burial at cemetery).
3. Do we need to use a 'Funeral Director' for funeral?
The Funeral Director ensures that the legal requirements are followed (such as registering the death, organising a coffin, burial plot or cremation). You do not need full service from a Funeral Director, but there are some aspects of their role that you will require.
It is recommended that you use a Funeral Director.
4. Can you recommend a Funeral Director, or nearby Funeral home contact details?
It depends on whether your Funeral Celebrant is recommended and included as part of the package from your Funeral Director.
The Funeral Celebrant is commonly paid by the Funeral Home. Alternatively, you can pay me directly and let your Funeral Director know this.
6. How long does a funeral ceremony or memorial service usually last?
This is up to you. Most commonly around 1 hour.
At a Crematorium Chapel there are booking time slots for each ceremony. Make sure you book enough time (maybe two time slots) to not rush the attendees and ceremony.
7. What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
At a funeral service the body of the deceased person is present.
At a memorial service the body of the deceased person is not present.