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The Role of a Funeral Director

Most of us have very little experience when it comes to organising funerals. Because of this, we often don’t know the various steps involved in arranging a funeral ceremony. The role of a funeral director is to guide us through the arrangement and assist with the organisation of the entire event. Funeral directors can even help with after funeral events and put you in touch with a memorial specialist to help you select, where a cremation has occurred, a fitting memorial in a beautiful park or garden.

If the wishes of the deceased have been spoken about or written down, a lot of the decisions the family need to make can be easier. However, even without this your funeral director will be able to advise and assist you in creating a funeral service you feel reflects the deceased.

Some of the major decisions a funeral director can help you make include:

  • Whether to choose burial or cremation
  • The day, time and venue of the service
  • Who should lead the service – this might be a celebrant, a family member, a friend or a member of your faith
  • What sort of casket or coffin to choose
  • Selecting the right music
  • How to prepare a eulogy
  • What flowers you might like
  • Arranging catering for the event

In addition to this, a funeral director will work with you to make sure the service reflects the life that was lived. To do this they might ask questions about what the deceased enjoyed doing with their time, what music they liked, what their passions were and so on. With this information, the funeral director will be able to suggest some ideas to personalise the ceremony.

These are only some of  the things a funeral director can do to help out they offer many more services. The following is a general list of services many funeral providers offer:

  • Transfer of the deceased from place of death to the funeral home.
  • Liaising with cemeteries or crematoria of your choice.
  • Arrangements with church, chapel or venue of your choice.
  • Registration of death with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • Consulting with clergy or celebrant.
  • Advice on wording and placement of press notices.
  • Collection of medical certificates and their dispatch to appropriate authorities.
  • Arranging a private viewing of the deceased.
  • Preparation of deceased for viewing.
  • Supply of hearse and other funeral vehicles.
  • Organising floral arrangements.
  • Organisation of music and/or musician of your choice.
  • Embalming by qualified personnel (if required).
  • Mourning stationery - i.e. cards, programme, etc.
  • Video recording of services or webcasting for those not able to attend.
  • Referral to grief support if required.


After organising the details of the funeral, you will have a few different options in how to pay for it. 


Funerals are a difficult subject for most people to discuss, especially when talking about their own.


When the time comes to hold a funeral, life is often in chaos. 

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