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STEP 1 - Contact Generation Funerals

For many a death in the family can be a difficult time, particularly if you have been placed with the responsibility of the funeral arrangements. If you have never arranged a funeral before or even if you have arranged a few, it is always a calming thought to know that Generation Funerals can be contacted anytime throughout the journey.

At Generation Funerals we know that there are times when a funeral can place a strain on emotions, relationships and finances. We will guide you through the arrangement process to create a truly fitting farewell that is reflective of the journey of life lived.

Whether the death of a loved one is expected due to illness, unexpected and sudden or you are planning your own funeral, you can rely on Generation Funerals to assist at any stage through out the arrangement journey. Know that you can turn to us for guidance.

We have tribute centres located at Bundaberg and Kingaroy and will assist families all over Australia. We can help in sending or bringing a loved one back home. Our experienced team will keep you informed at every step of the process.

Contact us by using the following methods

Ph: 1300 011 725


Bundaberg Tribute Centre

22 Toonburra Street,
Bundaberg Qld 4670
Phone (07) 4153 3301

Kingaroy Tribute Centre

19 Markwell Street,
Kingaroy Qld 4610
Phone (07) 4163 6777

STEP 2 - Cremation or Burial

Choosing cremation or burial is very much a personal choice. There are many factors that may influence the decision process including beliefs, faith or religion, price and previous family discussion.

We understand this decision can be one of the hardest, particularly if the deceased had not spoken about or specifically written down their wishes. In this circumstance it is the next of kin, the executor of the estate or the commissioner of the funeral who will make this decision.

Knowing the difference between the two methods can assist in the decision making.


Cremation is the process where by the deceased, their casket or coffin (including handles), floral tributes and any personal affects placed with the deceased are incinerated by the way of a cremator. A strict identification process and legislation is followed throughout the cremation ensuring that the ashes that are returned to the family are that of the deceased.

Following the cremation and the return of the ashes there are many ways to memorialise the ashes. These options include the scattering of the ashes at their favourite location/s, the separating of the ashes between family members, the placement in urns, cremation pendants, interment of ashes into a memorial niche wall, memorial garden or cemetery plot or even turned into diamonds. The options are varied and vast and can be a combination of the above.


The choice of burial as a final resting involves choosing a cemetery for the interment of their remains into the earth. The casket or coffin again is interred complete. Burial is generally more expensive than cremation because the purchase of the rights to the burial plot and associated preparation fees. In most cases the cost of a headstone or monument may also need to be factored into the overall cost associated with the burial.

Above ground burials are also possible when interment takes place in a mausoleum or above ground crypt. Embalming is usually mandatory in these circumstances and there are also other casket preparation requirements.

Private burials on private land is also possible under certain criteria. Speak to our team to discuss this option further.

STEP 3 - Make the funeral meaningful

Funerals are most meaningful when they are personalised. As you are planning the memorial service think about the qualities that made the person special and what he or she meant to others. Consider passions, hobbies, pastimes, likes and dislikes. We work together with your family, friends and the person who will lead the service to find ways to capture and celebrate this unique life in the viewing, funeral, memorial service or graveside committal.

Elements of a Meaningful Funeral

Meaningful funerals are made up of different parts that when combined create an incredibly meaningful experience for you, your family and friends. It becomes a memorable farewell for positive reasons, a celebration of the journey of a life lived.

Even amongst different faiths and cultures, funeral ceremonies often include many of the same or similar elements. Your faith or culture may have its own variations and you should follow them as you see fit. It can become a step in the grieving process of loss.

No matter what kind of funeral ceremony you’re planning, it helps to understand the options of a meaningful funeral. It’s the experience felt by the family and those attending that help them along the journey of grief.


Whilst there are certain formalities that we must follow from a legal perspective with regards to the registering the death, obtaining permits and completing paperwork the funeral order can take any form the family wish. In most cases if it is legal, we can work together with you to make it happen. Such as home viewings and services and family dressings. Certain churches or religions may have “rules” about what is considered proper at a funeral but in all other cases it is based on what feels right about the experience you want to create.

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Funeral stationary can also set the mood of the funeral on the day. It is also one of the few items that mourners are able to have as a keepsake. We therefore create stationary that is reflective of the deceased We have a team of in house designers and printing equipment. Visit our Cherished Memories Tribute Centre for our full range of options.

Cherished Memories Tribute Centre

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Audio Visual Tribute

Visit our Cherished Memories Tribute Centre

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Video Recording

Professional recording of the Funeral Service, edited and presented on DVD

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The choice of funeral venue can be varied depending on vary factors. You may choose our chapel, a church or place of worship, crematorium chapel (where available), graveside, a function centre including halls, civic centres etc., clubhouse or other choices which are suitable.

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Caskets and Coffins

We have a large range of caskets and coffins varying in design, materials and price point. You can view our range of Coffins and Caskets on our gallery page.

Caskets and Coffins

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Dove Releases

Dove releases can be conducted at an appropriate time during a funeral service. Ask your Funeral Arranger for more details

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Music at a Funeral Service does not have to be played by an organist or piper, or sung by soloist; a tape or CD of favourite songs can be played at the funeral too.

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Cultural Sensitivty

We understand there are times where cultural sensitivities would like to be adhered to. This may include family members bathing and dressing the deceased, a viewing, a vigil including home vigils, timing of certain aspects of the funeral and other practices. We work with families to complete these wishes.

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We understand there are times where cultural sensitivities would like to be adhered to. This may include family members bathing and dressing the deceased, a viewing, a vigil including home vigils, timing of certain aspects of the funeral and other practices. We work with families to complete these wishes.

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Butterfly Releases

Butterfly releases can be conducted at an appropriate time during a funeral service. Ask your Funeral Arranger for more details

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Twilight Funeral Services

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Create a memory table

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Donations to Charity

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Candle Lighting

Candle Lighting ceremony

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Floral Tributes

Floral Tributes 

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Got other ideas?

Speak to us. In many cases we can cater for and encourage making the service individual. Put simply if it is legal, it may be possible.

Step 4 - Choose a Memorial

Purchasing a memorial can help generations to honour, reflect and keep close the memories and love of someone dear to them.

The options include headstones, monuments, plaques, cremation urns, memorial jewellery and pendants, cremation memorials and virtual memorials.

The materials that can be used in the construction of a memorial can also be just as varied. The following pages include some ideas but visit our website for our full range. Materials that can be used for a memorial
include –

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Glass
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Sandstone
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sterling Silver
  • Gold
  • Pewter
  • Other Metals
  • Ceramic
  • Timber
  • Crystal
  • Diamond
  • Digital
  • Engraved

Methods of inscription include-

  • Chiselled
  • Cast
  • Traditional Etched
  • Laser Etched
  • Enamelled
  • Printed
  • Painted
  • Guided
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Step 5 - Finalise the Estate

The importance of a Will is evident when finalising an estate. Knowing what someone wants to happen to their assets and personal effects after they have died. When there is no Will, then a set of rules are enacted to administer the estate.

We have some trusted partners specialising in the area of Wills, Estates, Power of Attorney and Advanced health directives.

For more assistance visit our Estate section here