Funeral, burial and cremation arrangements cannot be completed until a death certificate has been issued and various other forms have been completed, however, the staff at Chapel Funerals can complete the forms and application process on your behalf.
If death has occurred in a hospital, nursing home or other care facility the attending staff usually issue a death certificate. If the death is unexpected you should immediately call an ambulance or your attending physician. Your family physician will be able to issue a Doctor’s Certificate of Cause of Death. Alternatively, if the death is expected, we can organise a physician, on your behalf, to complete the required paperwork.
Some circumstances necessitate the performance an autopsy, for example if the person passed away during surgery or if the death is not expected. In such cases the body will be held in the custody of the Coroner’s Office. Chapel Funerals can, on your behalf, complete all paper work relating to the release of the remains and organise for their transfer into our care. We can also apply for permission to cremate, complete applications for cemetery plots and fill out the compulsory legal documentation for Births, Deaths and Marriages.
What we need from you:
- Full name, address, occupation and religion of the deceased loved one.
- Date and place of birth
- Years of residence in Australia
- Fathers full name and Mother full name, maiden surname
- Place, date and full name of spouse for all marriages (living and deceased)
- Full name and ages of all children (living and deceased)
All information entrusted to Chapel Funerals employees will be respected and held in confidence. The above information will assist our funeral directors in completing the necessary paperwork required by the Government and related bodies.
It is essential that certain agencies, businesses and government bodies are notified soon after a death has occurred. We can assist in this process but there are some you may wish to inform yourself:
Within one week:
- Trustee or Solicitor who holds the Last Will and Testament of the deceased and the Executor
- Clentrelink, overseas pension agency and/or Veteran’s Affairs if deceased was receiving any benefits
- Employers, business partners or employees
- Cancel any remaining medical appointments
- Care agencies or services, for example Meals on Wheels or house keeping
You will also need to locate important documents; for instance licences for gave sites, memorial plots, crypt agreements, pre-arranged funeral contracts, funeral bonds and insurance.
Within the next month:
- Superannuation company and insurance company providing life insurance
- Insurer covering assets of the estate, such as house, boat, car, etc.
- Banks, Credit Unions, Stockbroker, financial adviser or accountant
- Department of Veterans Affairs (if applicable)
- Medicare and any Private Health Funds
- Electoral Commission and Post Office
- Landlord and Utilities, such as internet, telephone, gas, water providers
- Motor vehicle registry
- Church groups, associations, clubs and unions
- Title change to all jointly owned assets of the deceased’s estate