understand that you have a lot of questions. Hopefully, you’ll find some
answers here. If you have another question, please feel free to contact us.
We’ll be happy to speak with you.
Where can cremated remains be stored or spread?
Ashes in an urn or another vessel may be stored at home or within your private property without any issues. They can also be stored in an urn garden or buried.
If you would prefer to scatter the ashes somewhere meaningful to your loved one, you may do so only with the permission of the person or organisation that owns the land. If it’s on your own private property, you may do it at any time. If the land is publicly owned, you must get permission from the responsible government party. Private property that is not yours requires permission from the landowner.
can I arrange repatriation?
Highlands Funeral Service can assist you in repatriating a body to or from
another state within Australia or another country. We will arrange for transportation,
storage, documentation and other important details of the process. You may
choose to do this yourself instead, though it can be complex.
goes into the cost of a funeral?
costs are a combination of professional service fees, purchase fees and rental
fees. Professionals involved in the process include the crematorium or
embalming professionals, the mortuary, funeral home staff, preparation teams,
transportation staff and others.
A number of
items will be purchased or rented for the funeral. While the coffin and flowers
will be purchased, space in the funeral ceremony location and transportation
will be a rented expense.
You have a
lot of control over how much a funeral costs. Your decisions and preferences
will all play into the final cost of the funeral.
is supposed to make funeral arrangements?
next of kin will make the funeral arrangements on behalf of the deceased. This
could be a spouse, child, parent, sibling or another close family member. It’s
not required that any one person is in charge of the process.
there any mandatory requirements for funeral services?
Australia, there are only legal requirements in unusual death cases. In the
event of death caused by suspicious circumstances, there may be a restriction
placed on the body that requires it to be buried rather than cremated. Death by
some illnesses may also cause some restrictions to be put into place.
deceased person has a will in place, there is a requirement that the things
laid out in the will be enacted. This may involve funeral services in some
normal circumstances, there are no specific legal requirements for a funeral.