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Cultural & Legal Requirements

Cultural & Religious requirements

Australia is one of the most culturally and religiously diverse societies in the world. Orthodox Funerals caters to all cultural and religious requirements and each funeral is personally planned by one of our experienced funeral staff who will help you organise all necessary arrangements to adhere to Orthodox religious or other cultural observances. In addition to this, individual personal touches can be planned to ensure the family of the deceased is completely satisfied and has a funeral service which celebrates and honours their loved one’s life.

At Orthodox Funerals, we take pride in understanding and tailoring funerals to your family’s traditions. For more information, phone 1300 211 700.

Embalming

Orthodox Funeral Services hire only the best trained embalmers.  Embalmers are those who are responsible for preparing the deceased for burial starting from disinfecting the body to preserving it for the funeral services. They are the most qualified professionals who treat the deceased with chemicals for the body’s preservation.

Embalming is the process of chemically treating the deceased to temporarily delay decomposition and to restore a more natural appearance. In Australi embalming process is not required in all funeral services.  Most of the time, it is requested only in the following instances: when viewing is arranged, when the timeline between time of death and the funeral service is distant, if the burial is above ground like a crypt, vault, tomb or mausoleum, or in cases of international or interstate repatriation is required.

Our embalming service is usually performed in our premises and under controlled room conditions, however clients can request for an out of town service.  We are known for personalised and customised services and this is one way we adhere to this.

The Orthodox Funeral’s process of embalming is continuously assessed to make sure that all the regulations relating to health and sanitation are complied with.  We acknowledge that safety and environmental standards must be met as well as maintained all the time and further backed up with insurance arrangements.  Embalming is made during normal working hours, but requests can be made for emergencies and weekends especially when this will help assist the Funeral Director in arranging for the funeral.

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under the valid will.

It would be a good idea to speak to the executor of the will or your solicitor about legal matters.

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Legal Requirements

Arranging and conducting funerals is a complex process with many legal requirements and strict regulations which need to be adhered to.

For example:

  • The Public Health Act and Regulations dictate the way in which a deceased body may be disposed of, either as burial or cremation
  • When deceased bodies are shipped overseas, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the government of the destination country (as represented by their local embassy) will prescribe the manner and documentation for the repatriation
  • Procedures regarding the handling of bodies are dictated by Occupational Health and Safety legislation
  • Various local councils will also have regulations when it comes to organising a funeral in their municipality (such as at a local cemetery)
  • The Privacy Act sets out principles for collecting, sharing and storing personal information that is gathered while arranging a funeral
  • Rules dictating the registration of a death, including all the required information, are set by the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act as administered by the Registrar
  • Consumer protection for the funeral sector is governed by the Office of Fair Trading, including the offering of a Basic Funeral.

For more information, phone 1300 211 700.

Registering a Death

All deaths which occur in New South Wales must be registered with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within seven days. This can be completed electronically by your Funeral Director and is usually completed the next working day after the funeral.

The family will then usually receive a certified death certificate within 14 days. You will need this certificate for all financial and estate purposes on behalf of the deceased.

Is Money Frozen When Someone Passes?

Assets which were held in the deceased person’s sole name will be “frozen” after the death. Generally, banks and building societies will only allow enough money to be released to the Executor for payment of the funeral expenses before probate has been granted.

Generally, assets which are owned by the deceased person jointly with a living person will not be frozen. It will normally be possible for the joint owner to operate jointly held bank and building society accounts.

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