At Browne Brothers Funerals we are proud to offer dignified and high quality funerals at an affordable price.
There is a lot of planning that needs to be done when arranging the funeral of a loved one, even after you have decided whether to have a burial or cremation, and what coffin or urn you would like. If you've stumbled across this page because someone close to you has passed away, you'll find the information you need to start arranging a funeral.
If you have more questions or need additional guidance, contact the friendly team at Browne Brothers Funerals. When it comes to personalising your funeral, our team at Browne Brothers Funerals have a great deal of experience to help guide and support you through the process.
Has Your Loved One Passed Away? Start Here
Making funeral arrangements isn't something that you will need to do often, but it is something everyone has to do at some point in their lives.
If your loved one has just passed away, it's time to start thinking about some initial questions for planning a funeral.
- Where is the body?
- Have they planned out a funeral already?
- If not, what kind of funeral would they have wanted?
- Will you need a funeral director to help run the service?
These questions should be answered with the first 24 hours after death occurs. If you're not familiar with the processes behind funerals, it might be wise to contact a funeral director to take care of your loved one. Experienced funeral directors will be able to take care of the entire process and ensure your loved one is treated with the kindness and dignity they deserve throughout.
Choosing the Type of Funeral Service
There are several types of funeral services you can choose for your loved one. The most common, a traditional funeral service, is either a one or two-part service, with a service in a funeral home or other funeral venue and then a graveside service or memorial service, depending on whether it is a burial or cremation. You also have the option to coordinate a gathering after the funeral or memorial service.
The other type that is growing in popularity is a direct cremation. Here, your loved one will be cremated directly, with no funeral service. There are few formalities or conventions to follow, mean you and your family are free to remember your loved one in your own way, whether that's by scattering the ashes, through a memorial service at a later date, or something else.
Considerations for Burials:
Public or private service
Choosing a venue
Choosing a casket
Considerations for Cremations
Direct Cremation or traditional service
Viewing or no viewing
Choosing an urn, or both an urn and casket
Storing of ashes, or scattering
Funeral costs can vary wildly between the different types of funerals. While a direct cremation is the most cost-effective, there is very little to it. Alternatively, a full traditional funeral service could set you back upwards of $5000. There may be additional cemetery costs, or fees for newspaper notices as well. Having a clear image of all the arrangements in mind can help you avoid unnecessary costs and ensure you can run a dignified funeral without exorbitant costs.
Some key planning to be taken into account:
Flowers for the casket and service
It’s a nice idea to consider the favourite flowers of the person whom you are farewelling, or perhaps their favourite colours when selecting the flowers for the funeral. At Brown Brothers we have a wide selection of floral arrangements and if you wish our local florist can work with you to customise your flowers. Or indeed you may like something different like vegetables for other flora.
Music for the Service
Again, here it is a nice idea to consider the favourite music of the person whom you are farewelling, or perhaps music that means a lot to the family. You will need a selection of songs for the arrival of the guests, through the ceremony (for example whilst a slideshow is playing) and then as guests leave.
Order of Service Booklet
We have an extensive range of funeral stationery available for families to choose from, including Orders of Service Booklets, Mass Booklets, Thank You Cards, Prayer Cards etc. Our in-house Senior Graphic Artist can help you create a custom design, or any of our designs can be tailored to your needs
Slideshow or DVD tribute
People often show a slideshow of images to encapsulate the life of the person who has passed. Taking this concept further, we can create for you a DVD Tribute, which is a collection of 30 photos, accompanied by a piece of music coming together to create a beautiful montage of memories. Of course additional photos and music can be accommodated where necessary, and this DVD is a great keepsake and many families view it at a later date.
Catering for guests
You may like to offer your guests tea, coffee and snacks or finger food, which we are able to arrange for you. It can be catering at your home or chosen venue, and we can provide everything from simple ‘delivery only’ through to a fully staffed service.
Writing a Eulogy
A Eulogy is a an important part of the funeral service and saying farewell to your loved one. See our steps for writing a eulogy in the FAQ’s above.
The Next Steps
Whether you're confident in what to do next or would still like some assistance, our friendly funeral directors can provide the support you need. We're available 24/7 to discuss you and your family members' needs and provide you with a personalised and professional service. We can take care of funeral arrangement, connect you with a fitting funeral celebrant, and ensure all your needs are met throughout your time with us. We tell the stories of everyday people, helping you and your family remember them in the best way. Contact us today.