What Does A Funeral Director Do?

A loved ones funeral, whatever form that it may take, is an important event that requires careful consideration by family and the professionals assisting.

Some people will have laid out their wishes for their funeral and set aside funds to pay for it. In other circumstances, an individual dies without sorting out their funeral in advance, leaving others to decide how to organise the final goodbye.

Whatever the situation, having access to a knowledgeable, skilled and sympathetic professional that can deal with all aspects of the funeral can be of enormous assistance to grieving families.

This role is frequently performed by a funeral director – a qualified, experienced professional who can arrange every aspect of the end-of-life proceedings, ensuring a dignified, well-planned event.

Read on for further information on what a funeral director on the Gold Coast actually does and how their work is critical for minimising stress during such a challenging time.

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What Do They Actually Do?

In summary, a funeral director is tasked with ensuring that all aspects of end-of-life proceedings are completed efficiently and smoothly. They usually work closely with many suppliers and professionals to complete each part of the funeral, funeral preparations and memorial work if required.

It isn’t mandatory to use a funeral director to supervise end-of-life arrangements, but for many families and relatives, having a competent, experienced and compassionate professional on hand to take the strain of arranging a funeral or end-of-life ceremony is extremely helpful.

Funeral directors can either complete all the arrangements themselves, acting under your instruction, or work with a family to provide support where it’s needed, whilst the family or another agency completes some aspects of the work.

Funeral directors follow the wishes of the deceased and their relatives as far as possible. Where no wishes are left, the funeral director will make suitable recommendations and can arrange a dignified, peaceful ceremony.

The main duties of the funeral director and their team include:

  • Repatriation and preparation of the deceased.
  • Providing a suitable coffin or casket.
  • Providing a suitable urn (or a number of smaller urns) to contain the deceased’s ashes after cremation.
  • Arranging a burial plot/cremation memorial.
  • Arranging a date for the funeral at a suitable location; this may be a religious ceremony or other.
  • Families may wish to consult with the relevant religious leader regarding the content of the funeral service or work with a celebrant to come up with a suitable ceremony. If required, a funeral director can put families in touch with suitable celebrants.
  • Providing suitable invitations and organising floral displays.
  • Transporting the body to where the ceremony will take place. If interment is taking place at a different location, they will transport the body onwards to its final resting place.
  • In the case of a cremation, if the ashes are scattered at sea, or some other memorial is planned, a funeral director can often assist with the practical aspects of organising a suitable ceremony.
  • Many families request some form of wake following a funeral; funeral directors can organise this (including suggesting a venue and organising catering) if required.
  • Funeral directors can instruct monumental masons and organise other forms of memorial, including tree planting, memorial plaques and similar options.

If there are any special or unusual requests for a funeral, a funeral director will often know how best organise and cater to these.

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Funeral Director?

Funeral directors have a wealth of knowledge regarding what’s needed for a funeral. Following a bereavement, they can gently take families through the checklist of things to consider and the decisions that need to be made when it comes to organising a suitable celebration. When you use a funeral director, nothing should be overlooked or forgotten.

They also have a good understanding of the law as it applies to funeral arrangements. This means you can be confident the final arrangements for your loved one are legal.

If you’re working to a budget, your funeral director will have a good knowledge of affordable options that won’t compromise your set budget.

You can also expect a smooth, unobtrusive management of the funeral. A funeral director is responsible for ensuring that every aspect of the occasion is executed with meticulous attention to detail.

The last thing anyone wants at a funeral is last-minute hitches, no-shows or other breakdowns in the arrangements. Funeral directors will do their utmost to ensure that every aspect of the event runs flawlessly.

For further information and to organise an expert, experienced funeral director on the Gold Coast, please call A Gentle Touch Funerals on (07) 5522 0099 today for assistance.

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