When it comes to funeral service options there are generally four major types to choose from
During your funeral arrangement, a Gift of Grace Funeral arranger will discuss your loved one’s chosen wishes, how your loved one will be cared for, and what type of service (if any) is needed. We will discuss and present you with various options for
- Funeral venues
- Burial or cremation
- Celebrant/Clergy/or Family or Friend to lead the service
- Coffin choices (eco and traditional)
- Music, Photo tributes, livestreaming or filming
- Flower arrangements
- Memorial stationery
- Funeral vehicles
One of the major parts of a funeral arrangement is to complete administrative paperwork. A nominated person (call the funeral administrator or applicant) will need to provide information and sign the following documentation
- Death registration information
- Application and instructions for burial or cremation
- Mortuary consent and ID forms
For your convenience and peace of mind a summarised form will be left with you which will outline and remind you of the details discussed.
Your Funeral Celebrant
A funeral celebrant plays a significant role at a funeral. As the person who puts together the service and then officiates the funeral, the celebrant’s presentation, professionalism, and ability to connect, shapes the tone and feeling of the entire day.
A funeral celebrant must also be able to meet a family’s particular needs – while some families require cultural practices to be included in the funeral, others want a funeral that incorporates celebratory elements. And while some families want maximum input into the funeral service, others want everything taken care of for them.
Your celebrant or clergy will work closely with you and your Gift of Grace Funeral arranger to ensure the service is conducted with your loved one’s wishes in mind. He or she will weave a perfect life celebration and work closely with you in writing tributes and preparing special ritual and presentations.
You may already have chosen a celebrant of choice, or a Gift of Grace arranger will recommend someone who they feel would be a great ‘match’ for you.
Similarly, you are most welcome to have a friend or family member oversee this role. We encourage and empower our families to do this if it is their wish.
If you choose a traditional religious service, we will work closely with your Church, Place of Worship and Clergy / Spiritual Leader to honour your loved one’s cultural, spiritual and/or religious values and beliefs.
To View Or Not To View?
Viewings are optional and can be held just prior to the funeral, either on the day (or days) leading up to the funeral. The casket or coffin will be set up so attendees can visit the deceased or if it is preferred – the viewing can be restricted to family members only.
A viewing may take place at the funeral home, in the family home, at a private venue or at a church or chapel prior to the funeral service commencing. NB Viewings cannot take place in Cemetery Chapels.