Using a funeral director
Arranging a funeral can often seem a complicated process that comes at a difficult time. Using a funeral director can make the process easier.
Most people in NSW use a funeral director to help organise the funeral or memorial service.
Funeral directors are not compulsory, but most people find that they can make things simpler and easier at what can be an emotional and sensitive time.
A funeral director will usually organise:
- completion and lodgement of death registration forms
- placement of any press notices
- a venue for the service
- liaising with clergy or funeral celebrant
- transport and care for the person who has died
- the option to embalm and view the deceased
- cremation or burial
- speaking at the funeral
Funeral directors do not need a licence, specific training or qualifications to operate. It can help to do your research and ask family or friends for recommendations.
Learn more about your consumer rights when dealing with funeral products and services at NSW Fair Trading.
Find out more about arranging a funeral at Funeral Directors' Association of NSW.