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Arranging a Funeral

When arranging a funeral with Barefoot Funerals, we give you all the time you need to create a unique and heartfelt service to honour your loved one.

We believe in giving our client family’s the ‘gift of time’, because we know that there is no more important decisions to make than those that you need to make regarding a funeral.

Whether you are coming to us with an immediate need or you are wanting to pre-arrange or pre-pay a funeral service, we will listen to your concerns and respond with affordable, tailored options. 

We believe at Barefoot Funerals that you are in charge.  We work with you to ensure that your cultural or family traditions are being respected.  

Death at home

If a relative or friend dies at home, the first person you should contact is their Doctor or Palliative Care Team.  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 to arrive, please call a member of the Barefoot Funerals team so we can make arrangements to take the deceased into our care at the appropriate time.

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 make arrangements for the Doctor to issue a medical cause of death. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can begin liaising with the nursing home or hospital to make 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 ambulance/Doctors' responsibility to notify the police. It is important the deceased is not moved or disturbed in any way without authorization if possible.  The police will contact a government appointed funeral contractor to transfer the deceased to the coroner.  You do not have to continue to use this funeral director for the rest of your arrangements. 

The Coroner

The Coroner will then investigate and determine the cause of death. 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. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can liaise with the Coroner’s Court on your behalf and make the necessary arrangements to take your loved one into our care as soon as we are able to.

Planning Ahead

What is the difference between Pre-Arrangement and Pre-Paid?

Pre-Arrangement allows you to fill out and sign the paperwork, so that when the death occurs you can focus on the family and the service.  We recommend you schedule a time to fill out the paperwork, get an estimate of costs and allow yourself planning time.  There is no money exchanged at this time.

Pre-Need/Pre-Paid is when you pay for the services ahead of time.  Money is placed in a friendly society and this is not touched until the necessary time.   We recommend and use Sureplan friendly society.

Contact us to schedule a meeting
with our funeral staff: 0488559595 or 0422262825


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