what do i do when a death occurs ?

At Daniel Woods Funeral Care, we understand that arranging a funeral can be overwhelming during a time of loss, your mind maybe confused and most likely you are tired.  Here are some things to consider:

Make contact with your funeral director.  Please call us any hour on (02) 69 218 218 (available 24/7).

We will liaise with the necessary professionals at the hospital, or the aged care facility or coroner's dept. to arrange to take your loved one into our care.  We will look after obtaining the necessary paperwork required from the doctor, the registered nurse or coroner.

The most important thing is to take your time with decisions, you should not feel pressured and no-one should be pressuring you.



Do you know if the deceased had any preferences for the funeral?  Had they left any plans?  Please discuss these with any other family members and with us and we’ll assist in ensuring the deceased's wishes are honoured.


Some Key Decisions to Make

Bring together family members and discuss what your loved one may have wanted. Some questions to answer may be:

  • Was it the deceased wishes to be buried or cremated ?

  • Will it be a religious service requiring a minister/clergy or a non-denomination service with a celebrant ?

  • When and where will it be held ?

  • Is a newspaper notice required ?

  • What flowers would be appropriate on the day ?

  • Will we have a wake ?

  • How much will the funeral cost, what are my payment options?

  • After the funeral day ..........when will the Registered Death Certificate be ready?
    Do we have any monumental requirements ie headstone, plaque, maybe inter the ashes in a niche in a wall at a cemetery or maybe scattering the ashes in an appropriate place of importance.


The Initial Funeral Arrangement Meeting

Once you and your family have had time to discuss the above items, we organise everything on your behalf.  We liaise with the cemeteries or crematoriums, the churches and minister/clergy or celebrant.


Coffin or casket options

  • the type of coffin or casket (shape, material, etc.)

  • who will carry it (pallbearers)


Personalising the ceremony

In a time of loss, it is common to celebrate the passing with warm and personal touches. Common considerations include:

  • music decisions and any relevant readings

  • flower choices

  • choosing a person to deliver the eulogy

  • organising a wake (if desired)

  • considering donations to a charity


Informing guests

Once the service date and time has been confirmed,  it may be a requirement to place a notice in the newspaper/s to inform the community of the death and the details of the funeral service.  To avoid missing any key guests, you may want to contact close friends and family directly.

We take this journey with you, our role is to look after you with our attention to detail and the care and dignity you and your family deserve.

Please call (02) 69 218 218 for a consultation and honest planning advice from our experienced staff.