The most difficult of times is presented to us when a loved one dies.
The emotional loss is compounded by the myriad of tasks that need to be fulfilled in order for the deceased to be laid to rest, and for you to continue with your life.
Consult a Funeral Director
When someone has passed away and after the medical practitioner has pronounced the person extinct, then it is time to consult a Funeral Director. Even if the deceased person is taken to the Coroners, the funeral director will liaise with them in regards to the release into their care.
Preparing the Death Certificate
Certification that death has occurred, you may need to contact the person’s doctor or assist a hospital doctor with details of the deceased. Funeral arrangements cannot be completed until the doctor has signed and issued a Death Certificate. The funeral company can then take the deceased into their care. Currently most deaths occur in hospitals where medical staff prepare the death certificate.
The State Coroner
In certain instances, such as an inquiry into the death, it may not be legally possible for the doctor to issue a death certificate. In this case there is necessity for police and State Coroner involvement.
Locating the Will and the Named Executor
This is necessary to identify any funeral arrangements. It may contain details as to whether there is a prepaid funeral in place.
Arranging the Funeral Service
Meeting with a funeral director and organising the funeral. This should be done as soon as possible to secure a date,time and venue.
Distributing the Deceased Assets
Assets will need to be distributed as per their wishes described on the Will (if you are the Executor). The Will may need to go through the process of probate and a grant of representation.
Identifying any Financial Assistance
Financial assistance for the funeral and ongoing payments to family members may be available.
Informing Relevant People and Groups
You will need to notify the deceased’s relatives and friends, employer, insurance company, doctor(s), authorities, corporations and any organisations, clubs, or unions to which the deceased may have belonged.