Losing a Loved One

How to Plan a Funeral

The period following the death of a loved one is traumatic and it is important that you do not feel rushed into making funeral arrangements.

Many people find it difficult to think about funeral arrangements in the immediate aftermath of a death in the family. Allow yourself time to absorb the enormity of your loss before concerning yourself with practicalities.

Remember that the timing of the funeral is entirely up to you. There is a misconception that there are only a few days in which to arrange a funeral. In fact, delayed ceremonies have grown increasingly common in recent years.

At McCartney Family Funerals, we encourage grieving families to take time to consider the funeral arrangements carefully. It is advisable to contact a funeral director as soon as possible after a death occurs, but detailed arrangements can be delayed until you feel able to make them.

The funeral occupies an important place in the grieving process and the time taken to ensure that the arrangements are well organised and appropriate is well spent. What seems like a good idea immediately following your loved one’s passing may give way to a better idea or a more suitable tribute, upon reflection.

Arrangements prior to a funeral take some time to coordinate. Mourners may have to travel from interstate or overseas and it can take time to compose fitting eulogies. By delaying the funeral just long enough to ensure that all details are carried out correctly, you may later find comfort in a final farewell that is both personal and appropriate.

During this period, family members can take comfort from the fact that your loved one will be treated with care and dignity until laid to rest.

Following the passing of a Loved one, there are a number of people that you will need to notify.  We have created this handy guide on who you may need to contact.  Who to Contact When Someone Dies