Arranging a Funeral

This guide will walk you through funeral arrangements, so that you’re equipped with everything you need to know. Arranging a funeral can be a long and complex process, but it doesn’t have to be. If you need assistance with any step of the process outlined below, contact Kingston Funerals today.
arranging a funeral

First Steps To Making Funeral Arrangements

Our Customer Care Team will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to take your call and answer any questions you have. In the majority of cases, a death will occur while your loved ones are in hospitals, nursing homes, aged care facilities etc. The staff in these facilities will assist you with the first steps and preliminary information. Generally, these facilities will ask upon admittance for you to nominate in advance a funeral home like Kingston Funerals to be contacted at the time of death. 

You will also need to confirm if the deceased left a will, and whether any other family members need to be contacted regarding the funeral.

In the case of unexpected or suspicious circumstances surrounding the death the police will need to be notified. Where a doctor isn’t prepared to sign the Death Certificate then the Coroners will become involved and they will need to transfer your loved one into their care.

When a person passes away interstate or overseas, Kingston Funerals will liaise with the appropriate local service providers to ensure all of the correct paperwork and regulations are met.

The Coroner will become involved when there are unexpected or suspicious circumstances surrounding a death. It may mean that the funeral will be delayed. Your Funeral Director will liaise closely with the Coroner in regards to obtaining the release of your loved one.

There are a number of things that happen between your loved one’s passing and their funeral service or memorial service. 

We at Kingston Funerals have our own mortuary facilities at 146 Argus Street, Cheltenham and generally this is where your loved one will go when in our care. However, if there are unexpected or suspicious circumstances surrounding the death then they will be transferred to the Coroner’s and then later released to the Funeral Home.

We would suggest you have a thorough look through our website prior to meeting us so you can familiarise yourself with all of our funeral services and pricing. If you would like to complete any of the statutory forms please visit here. If you are having any printed stationery or a DVD Tribute please bring in any hard copies of photos that we will need to scan or alternatively upload them here. You can also bring in the clothing that you would like your loved one to be dressed in. If you have specific instructions for our mortuary staff in respect to how you would like us to present your loved one’s hair or make-up please bring in a photo.

Our Repatriation Department – recognised as the industry leader among Victorian Funeral Directors – has decades of experience in dealing with the added complexity of a death overseas and the task of returning the deceased home to Australia. 

Equally, we have extensive experience in repatriating someone who has died in Australia back to their country of origin. This will involve coordination of all documents from coroners, embassies and airlines.

We will also attend to the preparation of the deceased to ensure a dignified presentation should the next-of-kin wish to view on return to the country of origin. Please note that some Travel Insurance Schemes will arrange the repatriation to the country of origin without cost to the family.

Decisions to be made

When it comes to funeral arranging, one of the most significant decisions that will need to be made is whether your loved one will be buried or cremated. Cremation is more cost effective as burial requires the purchase of a grave or an existing grave to be re-opened. 

If you are unsure as to which option you would like to select don’t hesitate to contact our staff.

There are a variety of options when it comes to selecting the appropriate venue for a funeral and we also offer our own chapel among these options. Popular locations for a funeral ceremony include memorial parks, cemeteries, the family church, or at a funeral home. To learn more about the venues throughout Melbourne and where you can hold a service, please click on the Venues link below or talk to our funeral directors. If you’re looking for more information on venues, or how to organise a funeral in general, we encourage you to contact our experienced Funeral Consultants in discussing any further details. View Venues
We offer a range of coffins, caskets and urns. To learn more about each specific one, click below.
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Traditionally families use newspapers to announce a death or advise the date/time/location of a funeral. 

In today’s digital world, many families also take to social media to announce a funeral notice, so family and friends can share the details with their own network.

If you are planning on a burial at a cemetery, you will need to make arrangements with the cemetery of choice. You may need to factor this into overall funeral costs.
arranging a funeral decision
arranging a funeral decision

Personalising the Funeral Service

We have an extensive range of funeral stationery available for families to choose from, including, Bookmarks, Orders of Service Booklets, Mass Booklets, Thank You Cards, Prayer Cards etc. Click on any of the below samples to view some of our designs. Any of our designs can be tailored to your needs or our in-house Senior Graphic Artist can create a custom design.
We welcome you to visit us and explore the range of samples produced by our Graphics Department.
A DVD Tribute is a great way to reflect on your loved one and the life they have lived. A DVD Tribute is a collection of 30 photos, accompanied by a piece of music – these special images come together to create a beautiful montage of memories. Additional photos and music can be accommodated. The DVD is a great keepsake and many families view it at a later date.

Top 25 Popular Funeral Songs

Explore a special collection of our most popular funeral songs. 

  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • My Way – Frank Sinatra
  • In the arms of an angel – Sarah McLaughlin
  • What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
  • Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
  • You raise me up – Josh Groban
  • Amazing – Alex Lloyd
  • Fly – Celine Dion
  • Goodbye my friend – Linda Ronstadt
  • Danny Boy – Daniel O’Donnell
  • The Lord is my shepherd – John Michael Talbot
  • Funeral March – Beethoven
  • Don’t Cry Daddy – Elvis Presley
  • Fields of Gold – Sting
  • Goodbye – Lionel Ritchie
  • Sailing – Rod Stewart
  • Time to say goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
  • Angels – Robbie Williams

Top 20 Most Popular Funeral Poems
Below are the words of 20 of the most popular funeral poems.

  • Afterglow
  • All is Well
  • Do not Stand at my Grave
  • Farewell my Friends
  • Four Candles for You
  • Gods Garden
  • I am With You Always
  • In Memoriam
  • Memories in the Heart (Female Version)
  • Memories in the Heart (Male Version)
  • Memories of You
  • Miss Me But Let Me Go
  • Remember Me
  • The Day You Left
  • The Tide Recedes
  • Today Is A Gift
  • We Remember
  • You Can Shed tears That She Is Gone (Female Version)
  • You Can Shed tears That She Is Gone (Male Version)
  • Decide on the mood you want to adopt, i.e. is it to be serious, light-hearted, conversational etc.
  • Make sure you write it out and time how long it is going to take. Type it in larger than normal font size so you can easily read it. Clarify with the family on the duration they would like you to keep to – this will usually be determined by whether you are the principal spokesperson or will others also be recalling their memories. As a guide 5 minutes is ideal.
  • Always introduce yourself to the audience and let them know where you fitted in the person’s life.
  • Share personal stories and anecdotes.
  • Avoid negativity – the funeral isn’t the time to ‘get things off your chest’. A eulogy should be concentrating on celebrating the person’s life and achievements.
  • If you are speaking on behalf of others then ask family, friends or colleagues for their recollections and add these to yours.
  • Before finalising your eulogy share it with someone close to you and who knows the person being remembered. They will be a great sounding board and their feedback can be invaluable as you do your final edit.
  • On the day of the funeral dress appropriately, have a glass of water close-by and have a back-up person available to take-over in case you are unwell or not able to deliver it – this would generally be the Funeral Celebrant, Priest, a close friend or family member.
  • Remember that everyone will understand if at any stage you become emotional – just take a deep breath and compose yourself.
Flowers are an excellent way to personalise a funeral service and remember the life and personality of the deceased. Many flowers carry different meanings and can represent different parts of their life. They may have also had a favourite flower, which can be good to include as part of the funeral arrangements.

Contact Kingston Funerals About Funeral Arrangement

If you’re making funeral arrangements, or know you will need to in the future, the friendly staff at Kingston can help. We’re available 24/7 to provide guidance and advice, as well as discuss funeral service arrangements with you and your family. Call us today to speak with a funeral director.
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