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Clarke Family Funerals

Colin & Cathy Clarke (24 Hours) 1800 68 69 85

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Clothing

Clothing for dressing the deceased

What your loved one will wear can be an important matter, as part of saying goodbye. Clothing choices should reflect the wishes and personality of your loved one and we encourage families to provide what their loved one would usually wear as their final outfit.  A recent photo of your loved one is helpful to determine hair styles and to facial shave or not.

Viewing

A viewing enables families the opportunity to sit or spend time with the deceased before the funeral.  We encourage viewings as a means of closure.

The viewing experience helps in many ways.

  1. It provides the opportunity to say goodbye, to talk to the deceased and place personal mementos. 
  2. It helps to acknowledge that death has really occurred and come to terms with the reality and finality of death.
  3. We can see that the one who has died is now at peace, especially if they were struggling or suffering in life.

It is always a private choice whether or not to have a "public" viewing, for all to see.  We will assist you if necessary with this matter with advice and assistance.

Cremation. How it works.

1.  Legal documentation

Firstly, Clarke Family Funerals will meet you at home or our office to help you complete the following paperwork. All of these documents are straightforward and we will guide you through.

  • Application for a Cremation Certificate: Required to authorise a cremation by Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • Doctors "Yellow" Certificate. States initial cause of death. 
  • Doctors 1st and 2nd Medical Certificates:  Two certificates to be signed by two separate doctors confirming the cause of death. Sometimes there is an additional charge for these documents (currently $185).
  • Certifed Copy of Death Certificate Form: Details of the deceased are collected during the formal arrangement and used to apply for the legal Certificate required for estates, probate etc.

(In some cases where the coroner is involved, the Doctors Certificates are replaced by forms provided by the State Coroner.) 

2.  Collection and care of the body

Once we have your authority to act on your behalf, we collect the person who has died and look after them in our mortuary. We avoid invasive procedures such as embalming –  leaving the body in its natural state.

3.  Cremation

When the paperwork is authorised by the crematorium and Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the service of your choosing is complete, we take the body to the crematorium for the respectful cremation. 

4.  Collection of the ashes

Depending on the location of the crematorium, cremated remains (the ashes) are available within 48 hours of the cremation taking place.  We can deliver them to you or you can collect them from the crematorium yourself.

Burial. How it works

1.  Legal documentation

Firstly, Clarke Family Funerals will meet you at home or our office to help you complete the following paperwork. All of these documents are straightforward and we will guide you through.

  • Doctors "Yellow" Certificate and Partial Cert. States initial cause of death. 
  • Certified Copy of Death Certificate Form: Details of the deceased are collected during the formal arrangement and used to apply for the legal Certificate required for estates, probate etc.

(In some cases where the coroner is involved, the Doctors Certificates are replaced by forms provided by the State Coroner.) 

2.  Collection and care of the body

Once we have your authority to act on your behalf, we collect the person who has died and look after them in our mortuary. We avoid invasive procedures such as embalming –  leaving the body in its natural state.

3.  Burial service

When the paperwork is complete the service can take place at a location of your choosing.

Things to know

Celebrants

A celebrant is a non-religious ceremony leader. We offer with affordable services a Clarke Funerals staff celebrant who will hold the service together allowing family and friends to read their own eulogies.

Clergy/Ministers 

If you have a church you regularly go to, it will be natural for you to approach them directly or we can on your behalf.  Any fees being charged will be additional to above prices.

Location

We currently offer this particular service in the Mawson Chapel and Centennial Park, the Distinctive Chapel at West Hindmarsh or the Folland Chapel at Enfield Memorial Park.  

Carrying the coffin

With cremation the coffin is always in place before you arrive.

Music and words

Whether you’re a fan of classical, rock, poetry or Shakespeare, we are here to guide you in choosing appropriate music and words.

Eulogy

A eulogy can be read by family members, friends or by our funeral director celebrant on behalf.  We will work with you in this process

The committal

The ‘committal’ is the moment when we say goodbye to the person who has died.  This can be a religious or civil occasion. If you’re at the crematorium, a coffin may be lowered at the end of the ceremony. For many families, this is an important moment of ‘closure’. But remember this doesn’t have to happen. Generally we leave the coffin where it is and not lower.  

Flowers or Donations

Family and friends can bring their own flowers or simply pick a single flower from their gardens.  We can also request in the funeral notice "no flowers" but a donation to your preferred charity in lieu.   

Our packages

Designed to relieve the burden of big funeral bills.  Each set package is carefully designed.  Any services not included in our set packages will be at additional fee.