Needing help when someone dies is a common occurrence and as funeral directors we are here to help. Here are some guidelines to guide you through this process.

If you are unsure call us at any time on 0402 721 021.

Having someone close to you pass away is a life-altering event and we’re so sorry you’re going through this right now. We know that there will be times when you feel isolated, lost, alone, scared and angry. These are all natural emotions and by-products of grief, but what’s important is that you know you’re not alone and that there are people to help you navigate the waters of death.

There is no doubt this is a highly unsettling time with lots of unknowns in front of you. You will need to fill out paperwork and make some big decisions while also dealing with your newfound grief. There is no rush with any of this; you can take your time and we are here to help guide you through the process in a gentle and respectful way.

If the death is natural or expected and occurred at home, the first thing you need to do is call your family GP (provided they have seen your loved one in the last 3 months) and ask them to fill out a Death Certificate or Life Extinct Form. If the death has occurred in a nursing home or private hospital, the staff usually notify the family doctor, whereas if the death has occurred in a public hospital, it is usually the doctor on staff who administers this.

If the death is unexpected or your doctor is unable to establish a cause of death, the police need to be notified and will likely need the coroner to establish cause of death.

From there you will need to start thinking about the kind of funeral you want for your loved one. This will determine who you call next. There are a few options here, but if you’re looking for a funeral or memorial service that’s rich in meaning, abundant in love, ceremony and ritual, aims to uplift and heal all those present and truly honour your loved one in a unique way then feel free to call us at Rite of Passage Funerals.

Once we’ve met over the phone, we’ll then come out to meet you in person and arrange what to do with your loved one. You have options here, too, including keeping them at home with you for a period of time (trust us, it’s not nearly as scary as it sounds) or having them collected and cared for until the day of the funeral. Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything in detail when we meet. We’ll also assist you in paperwork and all the funeral arrangements, including location, plot or crematorium bookings, the celebrant and much more. We will hold your hand every step of the way.

Once the funeral has taken place it’s important you get the support you need as you transition back into your everyday life. One of the biggest challenges of losing a loved one is transitioning back into the ‘real world’ after their death. Everything physical remains the same yet you’re completely different. How does it all fit back together again?

Rite of Passage Funerals understands this and offers sacred space healing groups to help assist you with this transition. At these events we have experts armed with life-changing knowledge to help you cope with grief, a supportive community, stress-relieving practices such as meditation and mandala and lots more. There will be workshops and discussions, a safe space to let it all out and plenty of people to catch you when it all gets too much.

Our events aren’t about running away from grief. The aim of these healing groups is to help you lean into your grief and really feel it, but in a safe environment that’s empowering you to become educated and aware of your own personal experience.

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