Useful Checklists

Before Meeting the Funeral Director

Prepare for your meeting with the Funeral Director by discussing the following with your family, you do not have to make a final decision but it is useful to start your discussions:-

  • Consider a suitable and realistic date to hold the service
  • Burial or Cremation services preferences
  • Location preference – Church, Chapel, Graveside or other
  • Funeral Notice: Names to be included and which newspapers to use
  • Gather details of birth, marriage, parents and children for Death Registration form
  • Clothing and jewellery for your loved one; you may possibly bring these with you
  • Photo of your loved one to use with dressing and makeup
  • Discuss your payment options, how you will pay and who will take responsibility for the account

After the Funeral

  • Arrange cemetery plaque or headstone
  • Complete requests regarding ashes placement or select a suitable Urn
  • If desired, place a thank you notice in the newspaper
  • Consider an obituary article- contact the local newspaper for details
  • The Certified Death Certificate will be sent to you 3-4 weeks after the funeral
  • Notify the Executor of the Estate, if not previously attend to
  • Contact your Solicitor or the Public Trustee

Who To Notify

You may need to notify some of the following in due course. Some items will need attention quickly, but many can wait.

  • Centrelink Or Veterans’ Affairs
  • Overseas Pension Office
  • Executor – If Known
  • Solicitor / Public Trustee
  • Bank / Building Society / Credit Union – Savings, Cheque, Credit Cards, Loans, Investments, Deposit Boxes
  • Medicare / Private Health Funds
  • Employer
  • Doctor / Specialist / Hospital
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Chemist – Return Unused Medications
  • Landlord
  • Post Office – Redirect Mail
  • Home Deliveries
  • Electricity And Gas Suppliers
  • Telephone Supplier
  • Internet Provider
  • Meals On Wheels
  • Home Help
  • Nursing Home
  • Neighbours
  • Church / Religious Organisations
  • Home Volunteer Helpers
  • Accountant
  • Brokers – Shares, Investments
  • Insurance – Accident, Life, House
  • Finance Company – If Making Repayments
  • Superannuation Fund
  • Australian Taxation Office – Final Lodgement
  • Business Associates
  • Clubs And Organisations
  • Local Council – Change Rate Notice
  • Senior’s Card
  • Queensland Transport – Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Registration
  • Electoral Office