Bethel Funerals has been providing Christ-like care for grieving families and friends in Melbourne and Brisbane since 1997. As a not-for-profit Funeral Director, we have served more than 13,800 of families and donated over $4,123,000 to mission work and disadvantaged communities around the world.
By entrusting us with a funeral, you have the opportunity to choose where part of our profits are invested and honour your loved one with a legacy that leaves behind more than memories. A legacy that will live on and bring hope for the future for those in need
We have beautiful funeral homes across Melbourne and Brisbane and can organise funeral services across a wide range of locations to suit your needs.
Our care goes beyond services that honour your loved ones. We offer 24-hour phone support, 7 days a week, from our professional staff and continual support after the funeral service to help guide you during this difficult time through to acceptance and healing. Contact us on 1300 881 473 to find out how we can assist you in your time of need.
With more than 22 years experience in providing funeral services, we have had the privilege of helping over 13,800 families. We are proud members of the Australian Funeral Directors Association since 1998 and our commitment to AFDA helps us maintain high standards when serving each family.
Our Funeral Directors are well-established in the local communities and are honoured to be able to assist families in celebrating the lives of their loved ones. Over the years we have gathered and created a range of complementary resources to help families during life’s toughest times and to assist when planning for the future.
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When we experience the death of someone we love, a funeral service fills important needs. First, it provides for the dignified and respectful care of the person and special tribute to their life. Among its purposes, it makes us acknowledge the death, remember the life and activate support during this naturally difficult time.
Equally important, the funeral service helps survivors face the reality of death, which is the first big step toward taking grief from the inside and allowing us to express it on the outside through mourning. Together, close friends and relatives can lend support and consolation when they’re needed most.
When it comes to children attending a funeral, there is no right or right answer, just what’s best for your situation. Funerals can be an important part of child’s grieving process and attending a funeral gives them a chance to be part of the service where they say goodbye to their loved one.
You could ask your child if they’d like to attend, don’t assume on their behalf. Let them know what happens at the funeral, that grown-ups will be upset, and give them the choice. If you’re worried about looking after your children while you yourself are grieving, ask a relative or friend to support your child during the service.
Keep in mind that children can be a source of comfort to grieving people, too.
The main difference between a coffin and a casket is its design. Coffins are a tapered design that is narrower at the foot and wider at the shoulders, they usually have a fully removeable lid.
Caskets are rectangular in design and have a hinged lid that allows that allows part of all of the person to be seen during a viewing or open-casket funeral.
Coffins may be less expensive than caskets as the interior is usually less ornate and there is less manufacturing and components than you find in the hinged-lid casket.
The number of people in Australia choosing to be cremated is steadily increasing. Whilst there is some variance between states and territories, cremations now outnumber burials. Cremation funerals are much higher in city areas where crematory facilities are available. Rural and remote regions predominate in burials.
People have a choice of either burial or cremation. In certain cultures cremation is not favoured (or may be prohibited within the relevant faith belief). In other cultures the opposite may occur with cremation being the custom, for example, in the Hindu tradition.
Ultimately, this decision is a matter of personal choice. Future trends may see higher instances of cremation due to increasing limits on cemetery space within or convenient to population centres.
Essentially, Embalming is the process of replacing bodily fluids with chemical fluids for the purposes of: preservation of the body infection control, and enhancing the presentation of the deceased.
Embalming can be minimal or unnecessary in some instances; partial for the benefit of families wishing to ‘view’ and/or when the funeral may be within a week; or full embalming as may be expected in some cultures or when the body is to be repatriated interstate or overseas.
After the cremation process only the heavy bones of the deceased are left. They are granulated to provide the “ashes”.
Each Funeral Home/Crematorium will have a different process and it is best to discuss these details with your Funeral Director
If the death is unexpected, call Triple 0 (000).
If the death is expected, then contact the deceased’s doctor and ask them to visit as soon as possible. A doctor needs to examine the body and write a medical certificate, which you need before you can arrange a funeral. If the deceased doesn’t have a regular doctor, call Triple 0 (000) and ask for assistance.
Contact the person’s doctor. A doctor must certify that death has occurred. Normally funeral arrangements cannot be completed until the doctor has signed and issued a Death Certificate. The Funeral Director can then take the deceased into their care.
In Australia the great majority of deaths occur in hospital or other care facilities, in which case those authorities take care of the medical formalities.
In certain instances it may not be legally possible for the doctor to issue a Death Certificate and there is necessity for police and coronial involvement.
We would advise that you contact the relevant authorities for full details as regulations do vary from state to state.
Nursing home or hospital staff will take care of things. They’ll contact you if you’re the next of kin and advise what the next steps are.
Many hospitals have their own mortuary where the deceased are kept until you decide where to hold the funeral and the body will be transferred there. It’s up to you to decide where to hold the funeral.
If the doctor is unable to certify the cause of death it is necessary to contact the police, who then will liaise with coronial staff. This will be necessary in such instances as:
Coronial staff or a Government appointed Funeral Director will transfer the deceased to the Coroner. In the instance of a deceased with dementia this may not be deemed necessary following police determinations.
A post mortem examination, also know as an autopsy, is a detailed examination externally, and of internal organs, to establish the cause of death. This examination is conducted by a doctor known as a pathologist.
An approach to a Funeral Director of your choice should be made as soon as possible. The Funeral Director will then liaise with coronial staff regarding release of the deceased into their care.
The Funeral Director will register the death with Births, Deaths and Marriage Registry in your state after the burial or cremation has occurred. The Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages will provide you a copy of the Death Certificate once the death registration has been completed. A death certificate is usually required for legal and estate-handling reasons.
You can also apply yourself for a copy of a Death Certificate from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry in the state where the person died. In most cases however, the Funeral Director will have requested this on your behalf.
The Death Certificate is different to a Doctor’s Medical Certificate Cause of Death report. These reports are made within 48 hours of a person’s death by an attending doctor, and are required before the funeral can be completed.
In most instances, the Next of Kin is responsible for arranging the funeral of the deceased, for example: spouse, child, parent, legal partner or sibling.
In the instance of dispute, where it is known a Will exists, the arbiter of arrangements is deemed to be the nominated Executor. The Executor may in his/her discretion appoint a person to make necessary arrangements with a Funeral Director. Such occasions however, are infrequent and most arrangements are made by the Next of Kin.
In some cases authorities in institutions where a person may not have any known relatives may need to make necessary arrangements. This is usually done by the Social Worker or another authorised officer.
While there is no set timeframe for when you need to hold a funeral, delaying the funeral excessively will not help your grief process. Most funerals are conducted within 7 – 10 days after a person has died. Should circumstances arise so that the funeral cannot happen within that timeframe, embalming may be required by our fully qualified embalmer in order to preserve and present your loved one respectfully.
The family has absolute choice with certain exceptions as in the case of Coronial investigation in some murder cases, where permission may be given for a funeral by burial only.
A Funeral Director can volunteer options to a family but ultimately it is the family’s right to choose whatever they wish, providing necessary legal requirements are met. There may be some variation between states and territories within Australia, however, in most instances relevant Health Departments require the deceased to be placed in a coffin or casket for burial or cremation. In the case of cremation the coffin or casket must be combustible.
Again in certain states funerals may be Government assisted in the event of insufficient funds. Such funerals have limitations on choices. Advice, when necessary, should be given in the first instance by a Funeral Director, Social Worker or relevant Government Office.
A viewing gives loved ones the opportunity to see and spend time with the deceased prior to the funeral. Again, in some cultures it may also occur during the funeral. An identification viewing is necessary in coronial reported details and occurs at the Coroner’s facility prior to funeral arrangements. In some states it is also obligatory for a person who knew the deceased to view and sign an official identification form which must be sighted and retained by the Crematorium authority prior to cremation.
In a general sense, otherwise there is not an obligation to view, however, the therapeutic benefits of a viewing to the grieving process are well regarded and recommended. It is nonetheless a matter of personal choice and requires sensitivity in approach, the physical environment and setting. Provided explanations are given to children in language that they can understand, there is no reason why they should not have the opportunity to be involved – however, allow them to decide.
Viewings can offer these chances we wish we had…’if only’, to:
If your loved one dies overseas, your Funeral Director should liaise with the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian consulate in other countries to bring their body back to Australia. We can also work with overseas funeral directors.
If your loved one dies in a different Australian state, we’ll liaise with our network of interstate funeral directors to bring your loved one home.
Grief is a normal process and there is no timeframe for how long it may last. It’s not a singular event with a set timeframe. Healing happens gradually. Many worry that they will be unhappy for the rest of their life but for most people, it’s not like that. While you may never get over their death and you will continue to feel their absence, you will find ways to adapt to life after their death and a new way of living.
Your grief is personal and unique and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. The healing process takes as long it takes.
It can be hard to know what to say to someone when they’ve just lost someone they love and care deeply about. The simplest and most direct thing you can say to someone is: “I’m so sorry to hear about [name].”
You cannot ‘fix’ things for a grieving person, no matter how much you care for them. Practical activities like helping out with meal preparation, housework, home maintenance or child minding go a long way to supporting someone during their grief. Listening to them and talking about the deceased can also help.
If you’re grieving and finding it difficult to move forward with your life, and you think you need more help than what friends and family can give, talking to a bereavement counsellor can help.
Contact the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement for bereavement counselling and other grief support services.
If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, contact Lifeline’s 24-hour counselling service on 13 11 14.
The obvious and understandable question, like building a house – the answer could be almost limitless. There are certain necessary inclusions and certifications required, some of which have fixed costs, some of which are negotiable. The concept of cremation being much less in cost than burial may not always be the case if the family already have a licence/lease for a grave which has allowed provision for further interments, in which case reopening and digging fees would apply.
A specific answer cannot be given to this question because of the scope of options available. The costs of a funeral are categorised under:
When you pay for a funeral service at Bethel Funerals, your payment goes towards:
And, at Bethel Funerals, because we are a not-for-profit organisation, any of our profits are re-invested back into Humanitarian, Community and Mission work. We hope in this way that their funeral leaves a legacy that lives on.
Yes, in Australia, burial is a more expensive option than cremation.
Most of the extra expense is for securing the burial plot at a cemetery. As cemetery space becomes less available across Australia, the price for burial plots continues to increase. After the burial is completed there may be extra costs associated with the plaque or headstone to mark the grave.
The Funeral Director’s fee will cover a range of services that help prepare and carry out your wishes to provide a meaningful and fitting tribute for your loved one.
The fee also covers conducting the funeral service and:
We have three beautiful chapels in Carrum Downs, Mitcham and Springwood. Have a different location in mind? We also can arrange to come to you as we service Melbourne & Brisbane wide.