Rockhampton Funeral ServicesUnfortunately at some point in time death will touch and affect us all, the loss of a family member or close friend can cause much pain and grief and often change our lives in many ways. 

Despite its inevitability, death is rarely discussed leaving those who are left behind unprepared and unsure of how to cope.  The respectful team at Finlayson and McKenzie are here to help; we deal with grieving families on a daily basis and can assist you through the process.

Who do I contact?

Whether a death occurs at home, in hospital or in a public place, the first person who should be contacted is generally a doctor.  Legally a death certificate must be signed by a doctor or the coroner who will be able to explain what steps, if any, are needed to establish the cause of death. If appropriate, you may also call your Priest or Minister.

The next person to contact, besides family and friends, are the Finlayson and McKenzie team, our funeral directors can arrange for the transfer of the body and begin assisting you in making the appropriate funeral arrangements.

Where there is no body

Funeral Information RockhamptonThis occurs under unusually tragic circumstances or when the deceased has willed that his/her body be donated to science. It’s still important to acknowledge the life of the deceased and help the family and friends to accept the death has occurred.

A special memorial service to allow everyone to gather together and be able to get on with their grieving is essential. If this is your situation, Finlayson and McKenzie Funeral Directors are happy to arrange a service for you, using photos and significant objects associated with the deceased’s life.

Arranging a funeral

When faced with having to make arrangements for funeral services, most people have no prior experience in organising such an event. The Finlayson & McKenzie team can provide a wide range of services to suit your precise needs, we are here to guide and advise you on the many matters which need to be considered.

Decisions to make will include:

  • When and where you would like the funeral to be held
  • The type of service you desire
  • If burial or cremation will follow the service. For many people this is an emotional issue reflecting religious or ethnic attitudes and family traditions.
  • Which coffin or casket and clothing you want for the deceased
  • Whether you want a viewing which can play an important part in the resolution of grief
  • Who you would like to be involved
  • What floral arrangements and motor vehicles would be appropriate and any other relevant matters.

Types of funeral services

Funeral Service InformationThere are many different types of funeral services that can be conducted, we can discuss all the alternatives with you to ensure that the funeral is as individual as possible and suited to your beliefs and the wishes of the deceased.

The funeral ceremony can be in a church, a funeral home / chapel, at the graveside, in a park or any other place that was special to the deceased.  An individual choice of funeral makes the event more meaningful for those attending. Families are encouraged to select their own venue, their own music, readings or poetry and they can choose whether a religious or non-religious ceremony is more appropriate.

The steps between parts of the funeral (e.g. from church to graveside to crematorium) can be very significant.  It can be a very special privilege for pallbearers to be able to render a last act of love and respect.