The Four Steps To Planning A Funeral

Planning a traditional funeral with Gregory & Carr is easy.

We have identified four important steps that we will help you take:

Step 1

You should consider these questions before you prearrange your funeral:

  • Do you want to be buried or cremated?
  • How do you want your cremated remains (commonly referred to as ashes) memorialised, or alternatively which cemetery would you like to be buried in?
  • Do you want the service in a church, funeral home, chapel or at the cemetery or crematorium?
  • Do you have any particular religious or cultural requirements?
  • Who would you like to conduct the service?
  • Do you have a preference for male or female funeral directors?
  • Are there any special hymns or favourite music you would like played?
  • Is there a particular poem or Bible passage you would like read?
  • Would you like your favourite flowers at the service or would you prefer people made donations to a charity of your choice instead?
  • Do you want an open casket?
  • What type of casket would you prefer?

These are very personal issues — which is why Gregory & Carr Funerals suggest you choose now instead of your family having to make the decisions for you.

Step 2

Make an appointment with one of our funeral arrangers, either at our office or your home. They will provide advice and guide you through the funeral arrangements, step-by-step.

Once you are happy with the arrangements, we will issue you a Prearrangement Certificate, which details all your funeral wishes. You keep the original and in case it’s misplaced or damaged, we will keep a copy at our funeral home.

Step 3

Choose how you would like to pay for the funeral — either as a lump sum or by regular instalments. If you choose the instalment plan, a sufficient deposit is required to activate the contract. With both options, you will pay current prices.

Option 1: Lump sum

Simply pay the full amount of the funeral now. There will be no additional costs.

Option 2: Instalments

If you prefer, you can pay instalments over three years in monthly or quarterly payments. There will be no additional costs once the funeral has been fully paid. In both options, your money is held in trust by Funeral Plan Management Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifeplan Australia Friendly Society Ltd. This reputable and well-established Australian Friendly Society has been servicing the financial needs of Australians for over 150 years. It is one of the largest Friendly Societies within Australia with assets and funds under management exceeding $1 billion.

Step 4

Advise your family, partner or your legal representative about any arrangements you have made and the location of these documents. We recommend filing your My Funeral Wishes form with other important personal or legal documents.

For more information please Contact Gregory & Carr Funerals