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AT A GLANCE
Quality funerals & memorials
Consulting with clergy or celebrant
Local family owned & operated business
Cemetery or crematorium of your choice
Use of our private family viewing facilities
Burials, cremations, monuments. Dignified, caring funeral service your loved ones deserve.
The memorial you choose to dedicate to the memory of your loved one is a unique and special choice for you. It will be your everlasting reminder of the times you shared and represent your own very personal place of reflection. A place where memories will flood back to you as you celebrate the life of the person who has gone before you.
Each cemetery and sections within that cemetery have a set of rules and regulations by which all monumental masons must abide. The regulations usually relate to the maximum or minimum height allowed, depth and width of the memorial. Every mason should have a list of the regulations for each cemetery and can advise you accordingly.
We pride ourselves on our ongoing commitment to care for grieving families & individuals as though they were members of our own family.
Caskets, Jewellery, Memorial Plaques, Memorials, Urns
What is the cremation procedure?
After the completion of the service the coffin passes from the catafalque into the committal room where the cremator is situated. There the nameplate is checked against the cremation order to ensure correct identity. Before the coffin is committed to the cremation chamber the nameplate is removed and placed with a tray which will contain the cremated remains once they have been removed from the cremator.
Can I have a religious service with cremation?
Yes. The form of the service should be discussed with the funeral director and clergy. Basically, the service for burial and cremation is the same, apart from the committal. The service may take place in a church, or a funeral director's chapel, followed by a short committal at the crematorium chapel. Increasingly these days the whole service is conducted at the crematorium chapel.
Is the coffin cremated with the body?
Yes. Once the body is delivered to the crematorium it is never removed from the coffin. The coffin is never re-used.
When does the cremation take place?
The cremation takes place as soon as possible after the service. A crematorium must commence cremating within 4 hours of the delivery of the deceased to the crematorium, unless the crematorium has a refrigerated storage facility (holding room). In nearly all circumstances, however, the body is cremated soon after the service.
Do I have to sign any paperwork?
If you are the person authorised to arrange the funeral then you will be required to complete an application for cremation form. The funeral director will assist you in this matter.
What if there isn't a crematorium close to my town?
If the nearest crematorium is in another town, an increasingly common option is for the whole service to be conducted in your town whereupon the funeral director simply drives away at the end of the service with the deceased for a private cremation. For example, we may be asked to pick the deceased up in Warren or Cobar etc, conduct a service there, and then we and the deceased will proceed alone to Dubbo for a private cremation. The funeral director will outline all the options for you.
How does the cost of cremation compare with burial?
Usually cremation is cheaper than burial. The funeral director will advise you of exact costs.
How is the cremation arranged?
The first step is to contact a funeral director as soon as possible after a death occurs. Due to the finality of cremation, specific documentation is required under the NSW Public Health Act. The funeral director will arrange for the necessary documents to be completed for the cremation, and the day and time for the funeral service.
Must we have a religious service?
The form of service is entirely up to you. It may be a religious or civil ceremony or none at all. Sometimes a memorial service is conducted after the cremation has taken place. We are occasionally requested to arrange an 'essential care' cremation. That is we arrange a private cremation without any service. Perhaps the deceased did not 'like a fuss', or perhaps the mourners are in another state and may have a gathering of remembrance there.
How many cremations take place each year?
There are about 43,000 deaths in NSW each year, and about 24,000 cremations take place. While the state average is about 55%, where cremation facilities are more readily available, such as in Sydney, the rate is almost 70%.