News, events & FAQ's
This year has given all of us a lot to think about. It’s changed the way we work, learn, socialise and even how we grieve. As recently as last year, the Generation Funerals team had the privilege of attending the Seniors Expo, live and in person. It may be some time...
Many people don't like thinking about death and young people in particular can have difficulty connecting with the concept of mortality in a meaningful way. This may result from several factors: Children and young people tend not to know many people who have passed on...
Who owns Generation Funerals?
With many smaller firms being purchased by larger companies and brands it is important to know who you are dealing with. Generation Funerals is wholly owned by David and Penny Levi. Both are experienced Funeral Directors and have strong connections to supporting the local community. Your support in our business supports local employees and local suppliers not shareholders and company boards. Where possible all our work to complete a funeral is carried out in house using our own mortuary facilities, chapels, offices, hearses and mortuary transfer ambulances including long-distance ambulances.
What should I look for in a Funeral Director?
When choosing a funeral director, it is important that they can meet all your needs and accommodate your wishes. It is also important that they have experience planning the type of funeral you would like.
Most importantly, you should feel comfortable discussing all aspects of the funeral with them. Your first meeting with a funeral director is an opportunity for you to ask questions, learn more about the services offered and get a general sense of what the funeral home in question is like. Cost is another consideration, and it is okay (and can be a good idea) to comparison shop if you feel uneasy about quoted prices. Do not feel pressured into making a decision.
What is the role of the Funeral Director?
The role of the Funeral Director is to provide professional care to the deceased and to provide support, care and guidance to families who need to arrange a funeral for their loved family member or friend. There are many decisions to be made when organizing a funeral, the funeral director’s role is to create a style of service/ceremony that meets your needs.
From the very first call, the team at Generation Funerals are here to help with all aspects of arranging a funeral. Some of the major decisions to be made include:
- Choice of burial or cremation
- Day, time, and venue of the service
- Who will lead the service? A member of the clergy or a celebrant, a family member or friend?
- Is a viewing appropriate?
- What sort of casket or coffin?
- Who will carry the casket?
- What kind of music do you want to play?
- Who will prepare a eulogy?
- What flowers if any would be most appropriate?
- Do you want to put a notice in the newspaper? What newspaper?
- Would you like to arrange for people to be able to make donations to a particular charity in honour of the person?
- What special things can be done to personalize the ceremony?
What to do when someone dies?
Many people do not know who to contact when someone dies. In most instances, it will depend on where and how the person dies. The following provides a simple guide as to what steps to take when a death occurs.
Regardless of the circumstances of the death, please call us on 1300 011 725 so we can support and guide you through the process of making funeral arrangements for your loved one.
Once the doctor has confirmed the cause of death, we can start to help you make the necessary funeral arrangements in line with your wishes and those of the deceased.
Death at home:
- If a relative or friend dies at home, the first person you should contact is their Doctor. If the Doctor has treated the deceased in the past and can confirm the cause of death, they can issue a medical cause of death. Whilst waiting for the doctor, family and friends to arrive, please call a member of the Generation Funerals team, once the death certificate has been issued, we can make arrangements to take the deceased into our care.
Death in a hospital or nursing home:
- In this instance, the Director of Nursing, Sister or Nurse in Charge will be able to help you with the process and will plan for the Doctor to issue a medical cause of death. Most regional private hospitals and nursing homes do not have facilities to continue the care for someone after their death so you should contact us as soon as possible so we can begin liaising with the nursing home or hospital and making the necessary arrangements.
Sudden or unexpected death:
- If the death is sudden or accidental, or the cause of death cannot be confirmed, it is the Doctor’s responsibility to notify the police. In these cases, it is important the deceased is not moved or disturbed in any way without the authorisation of the Coroner. The police will contact a government appointed funeral contractor to transfer the deceased from the place of death to the Coroner’s mortuary.
- The Coroner will then investigate and determine the cause of death, which may involve a post-mortem examination. This procedure may slightly delay the funeral arrangements until the necessary clearance is obtained. You have the right to choose your funeral director to take care of the deceased and attend to the funeral arrangements in line with your wishes. You should contact us as soon as possible so we can liaise with the Coroner’s Court and make the necessary arrangements to take your loved one into our care as soon as we are able to.
Death interstate or overseas:
- If the death occurs away from home (interstate or overseas), you should notify us immediately so we can plan to transport the deceased home and attend to any legal, statutory or customs requirements.
If your loved one’s wish was to be returned to their homeland for burial, please contact us. We can attend to the extensive process of contacting government departments for you and processing the necessary documentation on your behalf.
The main components in the cost of the funeral are:
- Funeral Director’s Fees – includes professional fees for staff, facilities and equipment and transportation.
- Coffin or casket
- Burial or Cremation fees
- Third-party charges – includes church or celebrants. florist, doctors’ fees, musicians, press notices, repatriation fees etc. These are payments made by us on your behalf.
- Memorial, Monument or Urn
Generally, the more elaborate the funeral, the more expensive it may be depending on the nature of the ceremony. If there are many components to the funeral events such as vehicles, performers such as a bagpiper, vocalist or musicians, dove releases, hiring of a reception centre etc.
When a Generation Funerals’ Consultant meets with you, they can discuss the different options that are available.
It is normal for the cemetery or cremation costs and the other disbursements such as doctors’ fees, clergy or celebrant fees, registration costs, press notices, flowers, etc.) to be included in the one account, along with the funeral company professional service fees. At the completion of the arrangement meeting, you will be provided with an estimate of the funeral costs and will usually be asked to pay a deposit to cover the disbursements.
What does the Funeral Director’s Professional Service fee cover?
On average, each funeral takes approximately 40 hours to arrange and conduct. It commences when we are first called and ends only when we are satisfied that the funeral ceremony is as perfect and complete as we can make it and the needs of the family are met.
In general, our professional service fee covers:
- Personal and prompt attention from our staff, 24 hours per day, every day of the year.
- Transfer of the deceased from place of death to our funeral home during business hours.
- Personal consultation with the family in their home about the funeral arrangements and details of the service.
- Liaising with cemeteries and crematoria of your choice on your behalf.
- All necessary arrangements with the church, chapel or venue of your choice.
- Registration of death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- Consulting with clergy or celebrant.
- Advice on wording and placement of press notices.
- Collection of medical certificates and dispatch to appropriate authorities.
- Use of our private family viewing facilities.
- Supply of hearse and other funeral vehicles.
- Liaising with florists
- Collection and return of floral tribute cards.
- Organization of music and or musician of your choice.
- Preparation of deceased for viewing.
- Transporting the deceased to the funeral venue on day of funeral and afterwards to the gravesite for burial or crematorium.
- Conducting the funeral service and taking care of the family on day of the service.
What is embalming?
Embalming is the process of chemically treating a human body in order to disinfect and preserve the body. A trained Embalmer carries out this procedure when it is required. Circumstances where embalming may be needed included:
- A longer than average delay between death and the funeral.
- Transfer of deceased overseas or even interstate.
- Above-ground burials in a crypt or vault.
- Improving the appearance of the deceased for a viewing.
If you have any questions about embalming or other mortuary procedures, please let us know.
How do I organise a Headstone or Urn?
We can assist with the design, production and installation of a headstone, plaque or other types of memorials. We also stock a large range of urns that vary in size, type, and materials. Speak to your consultant for a catalogue.