Just as life means something different to everyone, so does finding the right way to say goodbye. Some find a burial offers the tradition they need to come to terms with their loss, while others prefer cremation.
Our team has the experience to help you make a decision that feels right to you. We understand these decisions may be based on cultural or religious beliefs, which is why we work with a multicultural team.
A burial – or interment – is the human ritual of placing the deceased into a burial plot in the ground, or into an above-ground burial such as a crypt, vault or mausoleum. The coffin or casket is lowered into a burial plot, and the gravesite is covered with soil once the funeral service has concluded.
For a burial service you will need to choose a coffin or casket, and the preferred location of the burial plot. Your funeral director can help you make arrangements to purchase a new gravesite or facilitate the burial at a previously purchased site.
Many families choose to hold a graveside service as part of their farewell to a loved one. A graveside service can be the sole venue for the entire funeral service or it can take place after a service at another venue.
A graveside service can be personalised to your cultural, spiritual, emotional and personal preferences. For example, you can play special music, release doves or butterflies into the air, or add other special touches.
Many Australians prefer cremations to burials. Most families choose to hold some form of funeral service before the coffin or casket is relocated for cremation. Australian legislation requires cremations to be carried out on the same day as the funeral service, or in the 48-hours immediately following.
After a body is cremated the ashes are usually memorialised in a permanent memorial or scattered in a place of significance. This ritual offers a place for the family and future generations to visit, so it’s important to carefully consider the location. Your funeral director can provide guidance.
A memorial in a memorial park or garden offers a physical place to visit and remember a loved one. Memorials can be purchased ahead of time so you have a specific place ready when the time comes, which is particularly helpful if you want a memorial next to other members of the family.
Planning ahead and preparing a place where you and your family can always be together provides a sense of comfort and permanency. These sites also offer a historical and genealogical record for your ancestry that helps future generations understand their heritage.