Having to deal with the death of someone close to you is one of the hardest things to face. Especially in the case of a sudden death, funeral arrangements might be the last thing on your mind. In fact, there are procedures in place which are easy to follow and help available if you need it. Here is a run down of what to take care of if someone close to you dies.
After a death, the first thing that needs to happen is the signing of a certificate. This is usually called a Doctor’s Certificate of Cause of Death. Once this is obtained, it should be passed on to your chosen funeral director. They will take care of the details needed for the next step, which is to register the death. This is done at the appropriate state or territory registry of birth, death and marriages.
Your funeral director will also make sure any notices are given. This is usually done through the local press, but today there may be social media accounts to notify also. Details like this are very important, which is where a good local funeral director can really help. If you choose not to use a funeral director, obtaining the death certificate and registering the death are paramount.
Another extremely important part of funeral arrangements is sorting out finances. Again, this is not something people look forward to, but it is nonetheless essential.
There are several ways to pay for the cost of a funeral. If the deceased had their own insurance policy, sometimes these cover funerals and other expenses. Obviously, such details will need looking into thoroughly, which you may not feel like doing. A professional funeral director will take care of all these details.
It could be that the deceased has pre paid for their funeral in advance. These policies are held at funeral directors’ businesses and are not dependent on inflation or interest rates.
If the deceased has left a will, an executor will be needed to put this into action. Any debts, including any outstanding funeral expenses, will need to be paid first. If there is no will, the law has a formula for distributing any funds.
The last thing to do is to make sure the authorities are notified of the death. This includes Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support, but there will be other agencies to inform, including the postal service.
There is help on the Government website as to a checklist of who to inform. Again, a good funeral director will help with notifications.
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There is help available for financial matters, grief counselling and other vital services at this critical time. As a trusted family business, our funeral arrangements cover every eventuality. If you’d like a chat, call us on (07)55220099; or visit our website at https://www.agentletouchfunerals.com.au.