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How It Works - Burial Documentation and Procedures

How it Works - The Legal and Practical Thing To Consider 

1.  Legal documentation

Firstly, The Natural Funeral Co. will meet you at home or our office to help you complete the following paperwork. All of these documents are straightforward and we will guide you through.

  • Doctors "Yellow" Certificate. States initial cause of death. 
  • Doctors  Partial Certificate - Death by Natural Causes  This certificate is required by cemeteries to allow a burial to take place. .
  • Certifed Copy of Death Certificate Form: Details of the deceased are collected during the formal arrangement and used to apply for the legal Certificate required for estates, probate etc.

(In some cases where the coroner is involved, the Doctors Certificates are replaced by forms provided by the State Coroner.) 

2.  Collection and care of the body

Once we have your authority to act on your behalf, we collect the person who has died and look after them in our mortuary. We avoid invasive procedures such as embalming –  leaving the body in its natural state.

3.  Identification

An identification is required prior to a burial taking place.  We will ask you to sign two copies of this form. 

How It Works - Cremation Documentation and Procedures

How it Works - The Legal and Practical Thing To Consider 

1.  Legal documentation

Firstly, The Natural Funeral Co. will meet you at home or our office to help you complete the following paperwork. All of these documents are straightforward and we will guide you through.

  • Application for a Cremation Certificate: Required to authorise a cremation by Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • Doctors "Yellow" Certificate. States initial cause of death. 
  • Doctors 1st and 2nd Medical Certificates:  Two certificates to be signed by two separate doctors confirming the cause of death. 
  • Certifed Copy of Death Certificate Form: Details of the deceased are collected during the formal arrangement and used to apply for the legal Certificate required for estates, probate etc.
  • Identification : This is usually done prior to the funeral service, during the transfer from an Aged Care Facility or Private Home.  

(In some cases where the coroner is involved, the Doctors Certificates are replaced by forms provided by the State Coroner.) 

2.  Collection and care of the body

Once we have your authority to act on your behalf, we collect the person who has died and look after them in our mortuary. We avoid invasive procedures such as embalming –  leaving the body in its natural state.

3.  Cremation

When the paperwork is authorised by the crematorium and Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the service of your choosing is complete, we take the body to the crematorium for the respectful cremation. 

4.  Collection of the ashes

Depending on the location of the crematorium, cremated remains (the ashes) are available within 48 hours of the cremation taking place.  We can deliver them (small delivery fee) to you or you can collect them from the crematorium yourself (please call 48 hours ahead to arrange).