A funeral can be an opportunity for family, friends and community to publicly express their love and respect for the deceased and offer support for each other. Alternatively some families seek privacy at this time. Whatever preference your family may have Fry Bros can assist and support families with all aspects of arrangements whilst ensuring they are consulted at every stage.
From the moment you make contact with Fry Bros we place ourselves at your family's disposal. You can take comfort in the knowledge that the multitude of details involved in arranging a funeral will be taken care of for you. Fry Bros can come to your home to discuss the arrangements or, alternatively, you can attend our East Maitland, Maitland or Raymond Terrace Offices. To facilitate arrangements it is often a good idea to nominate one family member as spokesperson with whom Fry Bros can liaise.
Check whether the deceased has a pre-arranged funeral plan.
Documentation of such a plan would normally be kept with immediate family or next of kin, solicitor, in a safety deposit box at the bank, or in a secure location in the household along with other important papers such as a Will, life insurance etc. If there are no specific directions regarding funeral arrangements prior to death, choose a well-reputed, ethical Funeral Director offering personalised service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A member of the Funeral Directors Association is recommended due to the high standard of facilities, training and services required by the Association for membership.
Amongst the many tasks Fry Bros may carry out for those under our care are:
- Transportation of the deceased from place of death to mortuary, including long distance transfers
- Preparation of the body for viewing ie; washing, grooming and cosmetic procedures
- Embalming, restorative procedures, if required
- Dressing, placing and arranging of body in casket
- Consultation with family to determine needs and the collation of necessary information required for Births, Deaths and Marriages
- Apply for Death Certificate on behalf of family
- Complete forms to comply with statutory requirements
- Consult with clergy or celebrant regarding time and place of services, including church or chapel
- Arrange for cremation or burial
- Attend to the purchase of cemetery plot or the location of existing family grave
- Preparation and insertion of obituary and funeral notices
- Notify fraternal organizations (clubs etc)
- Provide chosen casket
- Greet and liase with relatives and friends at viewing and funeral service
- Provide hearse, mourning coaches and pall bearers if required
- Obtain flags for Veterans services
- Order chosen flowers for the service as well as the placement and care of flowers received
- Arrange for special requests to compliment services such as music, audio visual presentation or recording, soloists, bird or butterfly releases, service sheets etc
- Convey flowers from service if required
- Assist during ceremony and service ensuring family, attendees and celebrants are well informed
- Supervise attendance book (provided), floral tributes and notes of condolences etc
- Arrange for donations to chosen charities in lieu of flowers
- Make honorariums available to officiating clergy/celebrant or other engaged specialists
- Advise on religious requirements
- Arrange for out-of-town, interstate and overseas services where required.