When burial is the preferred option, clients have two options; re-open an existing grave, providing one is available, and there is space in the grave for the burial. purchase a new grave - new graves can usually hold two to three burials, depending upon the cemetery, and the location of the grave in the cemetery.
The burial fees and the purchase of a new grave charged by cemeteries usually range from $3000 to in some cases over $20,000, and are charged whenever a burial takes place. A service that we can offer is to have the grave dressed for burial. This involves putting green matting and flowers around the opening of the grave, in order to provide a less stark setting.
There are five crematoria in Melbourne; Altona, Fawkner, Lilydale, Springvale and Bunurong
All the crematoria have a chapel or chapels where the service can take place. This can be a short committal, following a service or mass in Church, or the main service or mass can take place in the crematorium chapel. Families may supply CD's with their own preference of music to be played in the crematorium chapel as well as a D.V.D. presentation.
Ashes are usually available two to three days after the cremation service.
When cremation is the preferred option, it is necessary that some paperwork is completed for the cremation to be authorised. The funeral director has forms, which consist of the following:
The funeral director takes some personal details of the deceased for registration with the registrar of births deaths and marriages, the time and place of the cremation service, and the name and address of the person (executor or next of kin) giving permission for the cremation to take place.
The executor or next of kin gives written permission for the cremation to take place and completes the burial or cremation permission forms with the help of our funeral directors.
The attending doctor fills out the medical form, which comprises the medical history of the deceased, where the death took place, persons in attendance, that the doctor has confirmed the identity of the deceased, and that the doctor has identified the deceased after death. In cases of sudden death, where a doctor has not been in attendance, or where the attending doctor is not contactable, or where no doctor is available, then the coroner will usually give permission for the cremation (this will delay the funeral service).
A second doctor will examine the deceased, to ensure that all conditions for cremation have been met, and confirms that cremation can take place.