The executor of the estate if there is a valid Will.
It is then up to the next of kin to make the arrangements. In cases where there is no next of kin, then usually a friend or neighbour would assume the role.
Currently Funerals usually take place within 3-7 days. The longest period we would suggest would be 3 - 4 weeks unless the body is embalmed.
In most cases yes, but it would depend on the specific circumstances. At Bendigo Funerals we believe in the value of viewing and would endeavour to facilitate this where possible.
No. This is purely a matter of personal choice.
There are approximately 40,000 deaths each year in Victoria with some 25,000 cremations taking place. In metropolitan areas approximately 60-65% of all funerals are cremations. In country areas the percentage varies dramatically from place to place.
Some crematoria remove the fittings because of chemical compositions and emissons. Any fittings removed are usually destroyed.
No. However in the case of a mother and baby / father and baby or twin children some crematoria will accept both in the same coffin.
Disposal of the cremated remains is the responsibility of the executor of the estate and/or Next of Kin. They may keep the cremated remains if they wish or arrange a memorial, such as a wall niche or rose garden, or arrange for them to be scattered.
Although legally possible, at the moment in Victoria, it would require Ministerial approval which is unlikely to be given without compelling argument. Time delays are also a factor.
This is only possible in the case of twin children or mother and baby / father and baby, as long as the Cemetery Trust involved approves.
Children's coffins are traditionally white as a representation of innocence. Children's coffins are now also made in a variety of colours.