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Title: Planning A Funeral (presented by name of funeral home)

Planning A Funeral (presented by name of funeral
  • (Insert company logo)
Purpose Of A Funeral
  • Reflection of a life lived
  • Honouring life
  • Sharing memories
  • Tailored to the individual
  • Celebrating life
  • A funeral is for the living

What Does A Funeral Director Do?
  • There are various roles within a funeral home,
    including Funeral Arranger Conductor Funeral
    Attendant Funeral Director Embalmer
  • A Funeral Director may perform the following
  • provide information give advice on funeral
  • arrange for the removal of bodies from private
    homes, hospitals sometimes from accident scenes
  • discuss style of funeral coffin/casket, cars,
    flowers costs
  • preserve, prepare keep bodies for viewing
    before burial/cremation
  • conduct the funeral
  • make arrangements for the burial/cremation
  • handle the required paperwork such as death
  • organise all notices of the death funeral
    arrangements in the media
  • make arrangements for interment/cremation,
    arrange the construction of a monument or the
    disposal of cremated remains
  • arrange floral tributes distribute collect
    attendance tribute cards
  • assist with carrying lowering coffins

Find A Funeral Director
  • For more information or to find an Accredited
    Member of the AFDA visit
  • or
  • call 1300 888 188 or (03) 9859 9966

Funeral Arrangements What Do I Do
When Someone Dies?
  • Contact the person's doctor
  • In Australia the great majority of deaths occur
    in hospital or other care facilities, in which
    case those authorities take care of the medical
  • In certain instances it may not be possible for
    the doctor to issue a Death Certificate there
    is necessity for police coronial involvement
  • Take your time

Death Registration
  • Required information
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Marriage Details
  • Childrens Details
  • Parents Details

Who Is Responsible For
Arranging A Funeral?
  • In most instances, the Next of Kin is responsible
    for arranging the funeral of the deceased, for
    example spouse, child, parent, legal partner or
  • In the instance of dispute, where it is known a
    Will exists, the arbiter of arrangements is
    deemed to be the nominated Executor. The Executor
    may in his/her discretion appoint a person to
    make necessary arrangements with a Funeral
    Director. Such occasions however, are infrequent
    most arrangements are made by the Next of Kin.

Funeral Arrangements - Choices
  • A Funeral Director can provide options to a
    family but ultimately it is the familys right to
    choose whatever they wish, providing necessary
    legal requirements are met
  • Burial/Cremation
  • Service
  • Celebrant/Minister
  • Private/Public
  • Coffin
  • Newspaper Notices
  • Flowers
  • Music
  • Clothing
  • Memorials
  • Documentation

Planning A Funeral
  • When faced with having to make funeral
    arrangements, most people have no prior
    experience in organising such an event, little
    knowledge of what to do
  • Funeral Directors can alleviate this burden for
    you by providing a range of services, allowing
    you to choose an appropriate funeral that will be
    conducted professionally with dignity
  • The role of the Funeral Director is to assist in
    every way possible to ensure the wishes of the
    family the deceased are fulfilled

How Much Does A Funeral Cost?
  • The costs associated with a funeral vary due to
    the number of choices available, which allows a
    true reflection of personal, cultural religious
  • There are certain necessary inclusions
    certifications required, some of which have fixed
    costs, some of which are negotiable

How Much Does A Funeral Cost?
  • Generally there are five cost components of a
  • Professional Service fees from the Funeral
  • Coffin or Casket costs
  • Cemetery and Crematoria charges
  • Options to celebrate a life may include visual
    presentations, service booklets, thank you cards
    memorial books
  • Other third party disbursements payable

What Is Embalming?
  • The process of replacing bodily fluids with
    chemical fluids for the purposes of
  • preservation of the body
  • infection control,
  • enhancing the presentation of the deceased

Pre-Planning Your Funeral
  • Pre-planning can provide peace of mind remove
    the need for a loved one to arrange a funeral
  • Pre-paying or pre-arranging a funeral can be
    completed through an appointment with a Funeral
  • For your own peace of mind, select a Funeral
    Director who is an Accredited Member of the
    Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA),
    which requires its Members to honour a strict
    Code of Ethics Practice
  • The AFDA website has an online
    pre-planning information form, which can be
    printed completed for your reference, or
    emailed to the Funeral Director of your choice

Advantages Of Pre-Planning
  • Anyone can take out a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan
    regardless of their age or state of health, in
    doing so can enjoy the following benefits
  • you can protect your family from the distress of
    making difficult decisions at an emotional time
  • your family will be relieved from any financial
  • it makes good financial sense - by making all of
    your choices now, you can fix the price of your
    funeral at today's costs (subject to any specific
    terms of the contact)
  • you can ensure that your exact wishes are made
    known are carried out
  • you may be able to maximise your pension
    entitlement. Any money paid into the plan is not
    subject to the income or assets test or deemed
    earnings rule (according to current legislation).

What Is A Pre-Paid Funeral?
  • The family Funeral Director establish the
    funeral services that they wish to contract pay
    for now, for provision at a future date
  • When planning a funeral there are a number of
    decisions that need to be made. The Funeral
    Director will assist you with these ensure that
    your wishes are fulfilled
  • The cost of a Pre-Paid Funeral is fixed,
    regardless of future price increases
  • Funeral firms must invest the funds in strict
    accordance with the Funerals Act (1996) the
    funds cannot be accessed until the funeral is
  • The funds are invested independently of the
    Funeral Director

What Does A Pre-Paid Funeral Plan Include?
  • A Pre-Paid Funeral Plan is designed to reflect
    your wishes therefore can include whatever you
    wish, however, some options to consider include
  • the type style of funeral service
  • preparation of the body viewing arrangements
  • burial or cremation
  • the specific cemetery or crematorium
  • type of coffin or casket
  • Minister or Celebrant
  • memorial book memorial cards
  • death notices, flowers, mourning vehicles etc,
  • special features you would like to include such
    as a poem or piece of music

Pre-Paid Funerals
  • Payment of a Pre-Paid Funeral may be made in one
    lump sum or through a payment plan
  • When organising a Pre-Paid Funeral it is
    important that family is advised that
    arrangements for a funeral have been made in
  • Copies of the Pre-Paid Funeral contract should be
    provided to members of the family, or filed with
    the Will other important documents

Funeral Bonds
  • A Funeral Bond is a specialised investment which
    enables an individual to accumulate funds to meet
    future funeral expenses
  • An investment in a Funeral Bond is similar to a
    life insurance policy, whereby the benefit
    becomes payable on death
  • The benefits must be used to meet an individuals
    funeral expenses
  • A Funeral Bond is an investment towards the cost
    of a funeral by itself does not guarantee
    against rising funeral prices

  • Funeral insurance products are targeted across a
    broad age range from 17 years upwards
  • Funeral insurance products are designed to cover
    funeral costs
  • In comparison with broader life insurance
    policies, the absence of underwriting combined
    with relatively low average policy size means
    that the cost of cover is relatively high
  • It covers death from any cause after the first 12
    months, it only covers death by accident before

  • Funeral insurance provides value for money for
    policy holders who pass away within a relatively
    short period of time after taking out the policy
  • Despite an initially low cost of entry, the
    longer you hold a funeral insurance policy, the
    more you will have paid to the peace of mind you
    are looking for a 60 year old who lives to 90
    will have paid over 85,000 in funeral insurance
  • The longer you hold a funeral insurance policy,
    the higher your premiums will be
  • If you have trouble with payments or cant keep
    up with rising premiums, the entire benefit of a
    funeral insurance policy is lost all past
    premiums are forfeited
  • If you think you are going to live beyond a short
    period of time then a pre-paid funeral is a
    cheaper option

Cremation vs. Burial
  • People have a choice of either burial or
    cremation, ultimately, this decision is a matter
    of personal choice
  • The number of people in Australia choosing to be
    cremated is steadily increasing
  • Cremation funerals are much higher in city areas
    where crematory facilities are available
  • In certain cultures cremation is not favoured (or
    may be prohibited within the relevant faith
    belief). In other cultures the opposite may occur
    with cremation being the custom, for example, in
    the Hindu tradition
  • Future trends may see higher instances of
    cremation due to increasing limits on cemetery
    space within or convenient to population centres

(Enter Funeral Home Name)
  • In operation since (year)
  • Family owned, ?th generation
  • Mission
  • Values
  • Goals

Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA)
  • Formed in 1935
  • Only national funeral service association with
    Member firms in every State and Territory
  • AFDA Member firms are chosen by more than 60 of
    families to provide funeral arrangements for
    their loved ones
  • AFDA Members the AFDA Trademark represents
    security, care professional service

AFDA Members
  • AFDA Members are bound by a strict Code of Ethics
    Practice designed to meet both community needs
    expectation in all aspects of service delivery.
    The code is a reassurance to the community of
    sincere care professional service
  • Prospective Full Member firms must comply with
    required standards for premises, equipment
    vehicles (PEV) before AFDA membership is granted
  • Re-accreditation is required every 3 years

Continuing Professional Development
  • AFDA Full Member firms are required to undertake
    a minimum number of Continuing Professional
    Development (CPD) hours each year
  • CPD is a commitment each AFDA Member makes to
    improve promote professional funeral standards

For More Information
  • Contact (funeral home name)
  • (Company details)
  • Accredited Member of AFDA since (year)
  • (Insert Company Logo)
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