Premier Funerals | Arranging a Funeral
Transferring Your Loved One
If the death has occurred in a hospital or nursing home, the next of kin will have to sign a form authorising one of our funeral homes to collect the deceased. We will attend the hospital or home and transfer them to one of our four facilities (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich or Buderim). Public hospitals have their own holding facility (mortuary), and arrangements can be made for us to collect the deceased within hours or days.
The next of kin will need to provide us with information about the deceased: full name and address, date of birth. Please refer to our ‘funeral arrangement form‘ to assist you with this. The hospital may provide us with a Cause of Death Certificate. This will have been completed by your loved one’s regular doctor, confirming the cause of death and allowing us to proceed with funeral arrangements. We will also need to know whether the deceased will be buried or cremated, and the full name and contact details of the next of kin handling the arrangements.
If the cause of death is suspicious or unnatural, a medical examination may be ordered. This means your loved one may not be released to us until the Coroner has completed a physical examination. While this process is distressing for relatives, it is a legal requirement for any suspicious death and must be carried out. Your funeral director will explain the procedure and answer all questions you may have.
Arranging a Funeral
Typically, it takes around 24-48 hours to arrange a funeral. At first, this may seem daunting but our caring staff at Premier Funerals have many years’ experience.
When your loved one has been transferred into our care, you will be contacted by Premier Funerals to schedule an arrangement appointment. This may be done in your own home, at our office, or any place where you feel comfortable and relaxed.
During this appointment, a time, location and date will be set for the funeral service, and you will choose a casket, flowers, music, and catering if desired. Again, it may seem daunting but our staff will guide you through the process calmly. There is no time limit on funeral arrangement appointments.
You may wish to view your loved one prior to the service. Your Funeral Director will explain this process and make necessary arrangements.
Funeral Types: Burial or Cremation
One of the decisions that need to be made is how to care for the departed’s remains. The two options are burial or cremation. In either case, you’ll need to select an appropriate casket/coffin and/or urn and choose a location and style of internment or scattering. No matter which path you decide to take, we will be there to support you and assist you in exploring your options and making an informed decision that feels right for you and your loved one.
A record of attendance is a nice keepsake. We have a selection of condolence books for you to choose from.
Ask your funeral director about our huge range of cremation urns and other ashes keepsakes.
We have an impressive fleet of funeral vehicles. If you wish to use a particular hearse for your loved one, please ask our staff about availability.
We have a comprehensive list of caring celebrants and members of clergy. We are able to source a celebrant or minister to perform funeral services of any religion. Alternately, you are welcome to source your own. Our fully-equipped chapel is suitable for funerals of all cultures and religions.
We are happy to arrange the publishing of funeral notices in any newspaper publications of your choice, and can assist with writing your notice. Please ask our friendly staff to assist.
Our staff are happy to help design and print Order of Service booklets, programs, memorial cards, bookmarks or other printed keepsakes.
Balloon releases remain a popular funeral tradition in Australia. If you would like to release balloons in honour of your loved one, please ask our staff during your arrangement appointment.
The release of doves is symbolic and represents the soul and spirit returning ‘home’. Your funeral director is happy to arrange dove releases if required.
Premier Funerals also offers other specialised services such as: