Simple guide to funerals

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A simple guide to funerals

At Simplicity, we understand that when a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to know what you need to do.


1. Cause of death

A funeral director can only bring a deceased into our care when a medical practitioner has signed off on the medical cause of death. Depending on the circumstances this certification can be completed by:

  • The family doctor or a doctor at a nursing home, aged care centre or hospital,
  • A coroner,
  • And, in some states, a paramedic.

Because different systems exist in different states, this form may be called:

  • Medical Certificate Cause of Death
  • Certificate of Life Extinct
  • Record of Life Extinct, or
  • Doctor's Certificate of Cause of Death.

Learn more about Death Certificates


2. Make contact with a funeral home or arrange online

We are available by phone 24/7 and can arrange to bring your loved one into our care.

Call us on 1300 556 222 or click below to start your arrangement online.

3. Meet with your Simplicity funeral director

  • We will find a time that is convenient for you to either come in and see us, or for us to meet you somewhere you feel comfortable.
  • We will offer you our support and care, as well as answer all of your questions.
  • We will make arrangements for the funeral service; a burial or a cremation.
  • We will make suggestions about how to personalise the funeral.
  • We will attend to all of the official details for the funeral.

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4. Day of the funeral

On the day of service, Simplicity Funerals will take care of everything. Our staff will look after you, your family and friends.

  • We will conduct the funeral according to the choices you have made, and
  • We will provide emotional support and guidance at the service to you and your guests.

To help you at this difficult time our 4-step guide may assist.


Living Funerals

The ultimate approach to personalisation

With the rise in popularity of personalised funerals, of pre-paid arrangements and a determination to ‘do it my way’, living funerals make sense. An opportunity to reminisce, connect and create positive memories with loved ones while you’re still here.

How does it work?

At Simplicity, we’re here to honour your life and celebrate memories in many different ways. Including creating celebrations for those who want to attend their own wake.

We will work with you, your family and medical team to make it what you want it to be.

Contact your local Funeral Director to organise a chat, either at our location or somewhere you feel comfortable.

We will honestly answer your questions, listen to what you want and help create the ultimate last hoorah.

Just like a regular funeral, we will invite your guests, ask them to share their favourite memories, create a music playlist, collate your life story in words and images, organise the decorations and provide the catering for guests to mingle.

Unlike a regular service, you’re there to greet your guests, share your favourite memories, enjoy your favourite songs, leave nothing unsaid and create some positive final moments.

Living funerals can provide a moment of reprieve for those who have endured long term illness and an uplifting occasion for loved ones who have shared your journey.

A living funeral – the ultimate approach to personalisation.


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