Funeral directors are usually at the centre of any funeral preparation. Their job is to manage all the funeral-related processes in order to ensure that the bereaved party gives the deceased a well-deserved farewell. Apart from undertaking some of the more obvious roles pertaining to a funeral arrangement, funeral directors in Sydney and other parlours across Australia also offer these lesser-known duties. Read on to see what they are.
Communicate to all involved parties regarding funeral arrangements
Usually, the bereaved family takes it upon itself to communicate to friends and the extended family about the funeral arrangements. However, that communication role can be delegated to a funeral director. As a neutral party, the funeral director is sometimes better placed to relay delicate information to the mourning parties. This not only makes the communication more efficient, it also lifts the burden of information dissemination from the bereaved family, allowing them to mourn in peace.
Organize funeral transport for family and friends
Transport is another key element of a funeral. Funeral directors in Sydney often arrange for the transport of the deceased. In addition to that, they can also arrange for the transportation of the family, friends, and the entire funeral party. They can hire vehicles on your behalf and even organise for relatives and friends in other towns to be brought to the funeral. This greatly eases planning and logistics, especially where a large number of people are expected to attend the funeral.
Help you plan a memorial/tribute
Apart from organising events related to the funeral, funeral directors can also help to plan memorials and tributes for deceased parties. For one, they can help you come up with clever ideas on how to remember the deceased. Common ideas include erecting a statue, planting a tree or even naming a permanent fixture after them. Secondly, they can help make the tribute idea a reality by coordinating the with the relevant service providers. This can save you a lot of time and help you come up with a way to remember the deceased for a long time to come.
Help you during this period of loss
Another lesser-known duty of funeral directors is to comfort and provide solace to the bereaved. In most of their interactions, funeral directors in Sydney deal with people who are reeling from the loss of a friend, a partner, a sibling, a child, a parent or a distant relative. Apart from helping to make the funeral a success, funeral directors have the unwritten mandate of comforting their clients and helping them deal with the loss they have suffered.
Arrange a pre-planned funeral for you
Another service that you didn’t know your funeral director can do for you is to arrange pre-planned funeral services. This is where the funeral director helps ordinary people start planning for their funeral early on in life. Though fairly new as a concept, pre-planned funerals are becoming more acceptable with every passing day. A funeral director can help you start saving to finance your funeral. They can also help you start putting together the details of your funeral so that you have a final say on your final respects.