This week the team at Families First Funeral Services would like to dispel the myths and misconceptions about why people choose Direct or No Service Cremations.
We’ve found that people mistakenly believe families choose No Service or Direct Cremations because (in no particular order)
The reality is that families who choose a No Service or Direct Cremation do so because (in order of most common) they:
In conclusion, if you’re considering holding a Direct / No Service Cremation you shouldn’t feel guilty about being pragmatic, you shouldn’t feel guilty about upholding the wishes of the person who has passed and you shouldn’t feel guilty about saving money. Most importantly, you shouldn’t feel bound by how society considers a funeral should be conducted. Celebrate the life of your loved one in a manner that best suits you, your friends and family.
If you would like more information about Direct or No Service Cremations, or more traditional funerals please follow the link to our website where all our prices and packages are available, we also have free resources, and links to our Facebook page where you can see us at work.
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The team at Families First Funeral Services thought that each week they would document and clarify those misconceptions about being cremated that clients raise. The most common myth surrounds the cremated remains.
When a person is cremated in a Victorian Crematorium the whole coffin, inclusive of the person within, is cremated individually. The ashes fall into a tray whereby when cool, the ashes are removed and processed to remove any metal etc prior to being placed in a plastic box and returned to the family.
The only items removed from the coffin prior to being placed in the crematorium are metal coffin handles, and flowers. Crematorium staff never open the coffin; they record the details of the person being cremated from the name plate the Funeral Director is required by law to place on the coffin.
The misconception here is that ashes you get are mixed with other people cremated on that day. This is not the case Crematorium staff are professionals operating under strict procedures to ensure this does not happen.
Next week our team will document another common misconception. In meantime if you require the services of a Funeral Director, please don’t hesitate to call our team. We operate all across Melbourne through to Southern Gippsland, inclusive of Phillip Island and the Bass Coast.
A direct or no service cremation are one and the same. It’s a funeral where there isn’t a service.
Generally speaking when a family engage the services of a Funeral Director, they will pick up the deceased, have an independent General Practitioner provide confirmation of passing (legal requirement in Victoria unless the deceased has been subject to a Coronial investigation). The Funeral Director will then place the deceased into what is known as a ‘raw board’ coffin, which is basically a timber box. From here they will transport the deceased to a crematorium, have the person cremated, (coffin and all), and return the ashes you.
Following return of the ashes many people celebrate the life of the person who passed in their own special way. We have known families who hosted a barbeque in honour of the deceased, others have placed the box of ashes on deceased’s favourite seat at the bar in their local hotel and drank in their honour. While others don’t see the need to publically celebrate the life that was, and that is perfectly acceptable.
There are aspects of no service vis-a-vis direct cremations where you can upgrade. For example, you could ask for a nicer (more expensive) coffin, you may ask that the deceased is dressed or has memorabilia placed in the coffin with them. Some people even ask that we arrange for the actual cremation to occur at a specific time so friends and family can gather and light a candle and hold their own private service. Some people even ask that the coffin is adorned with flowers and that the hearse is driven slowly past a particular location such as their house, place of employment etc on the way to the crematorium.
You may wonder why people decide to hold a no service vis-à-vis direct cremation. Sometimes people are pragmatic and simply can’t justify the expense, sometimes the deceased has simply outlived all friends and family, and on other occasions some families simply don’t see the need for a service.
In conclusion, there is nothing wrong with having a no service / direct cremation, you can save yourself many thousands of dollars, celebrate the life that was in your own special way, and avoid the fuss.
If you want to discuss this or any aspect of funerals please visit our website where all our prices and packages can be viewed, we have free resources and links to our Facebook page.
Tip No 1
When planning a funeral, cost doesn’t necessarily equate to quality. For example, many of the large corporate funeral homes have expensive advertising costs. A great many staff, a fleet of hearses and mourning cars, as well as chapels scattered throughout Victoria. This all comes at a cost, and guess who pays for it? You.
On average the large funeral companies will charge you around 50% more than the smaller family owned and operated businesses. Interestingly, while the independent funeral homes are cheaper, the service they provide surpasses that of the large companies.
How can this be? Well it makes sense, the independent family owned and operated businesses don’t have a fleet of hearses and mourning cars, they don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising, they don’t have chapels scattered throughout the suburbs. This accounts for the reduced fee?
The next tip will discuss how the smaller independent funeral homes level of service surpasses that of the larger funeral homes.
For more information on how to have an affordable professional and dignified service please visit our website where all our fixed price packages can be viewed or pick up the phone and call Carol, the owner of the company.
Families First Funeral Services has the honour of assisting families throughout Melbourne, and Southern Gippsland. We have consulting rooms in Templestowe, North Melbourne, Highett, Ferntree Gully and Phillip Island.
Recently we had the honour of assisting a family say farewell to a young man from Phillip Island taken far too early. This unique funeral, held on the beach at Ventnor, was symbolic of the young man’s love of the beach, love of life, love of family and friends.
The beachside service commenced with friends and family writing messages on the coffin, followed by many heartfelt stories and recollections. When the service concluded the Pallbearers, led by Carol the owner of Families First Funerals, carried the coffin through the shallows on Ventnor beach.
The wake was held at the Shearing Shed, a rustic restaurant and function centre located on the outskirts of Cowes. Originally a working sheep farm, this facility has been painstakingly renovated.
It was an absolute honour and privilege of meeting this wonderful family and assisting them in their time of need.
Hello my name is Carol and I am the owner operator of Families First Funeral Services.
I started my career as a Funeral Celebrant many years ago and after working for a number of ‘high end’ funeral companies formed a view that there was an opportunity for a boutique funeral company in Victoria that could provide personalised funerals, with an unparalleled attention to detail at an affordable price.
My company is not the cheapest, and we don’t pretend to be. We are however the most affordable, we are the most caring and we strive to be the most professional.
I limit the number of funerals we take on at any one time to ensure that I can personally attend to each and every service. I strive to answer each and every enquiry and I take full responsibility for what works well, and where there is opportunity to improve.
Once you engage my businesses I am personally available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, there is no such thing as a silly question as most people only organise a funeral once in their life time, so you can’t be expected to know everything.
I personally inspect each and every coffin, floral arrangement, memorial cards and booklet. I ensure your loved one is prepared and cared for in a respectful, dignified and caring manner and I refuse to compromise on any aspect of the service my company provides.
With respect to cost, when you compare our fixed price all inclusive packages my companies prices are actually the most affordable available in Victoria in 2016.
So, if I you need to organise a funeral, need funeral advice or assistance please pick up the phone and call me, Carol, 24/7 on 9758 4882.
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