Between death and funeral


When someone close to you has passed away, it's likely you will be involved in the funeral arrangements. Give yourself some time to take in what has happened, call a family member or friend, speak to the doctor and then call a funeral director.

Allan Drew Funerals our funeral director’s role is to support you and be there for you during the entire process. Our experience tells us that it’s important for families to take their time, think through decisions carefully, allow themselves enough time to plan how to personalise the ceremony and allow some of the initial shock and emotions to settle.

Please find our answers to the following questions that you have regarding arrangements that need to done between death and funeral.

How long between death and the funeral service?

This will vary depending on your instructions, your cultural requirements and the circumstances of the death. There is no need to feel too rushed.

How do I get a Death Certificate?

These are issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. If you choose one of our funeral services, we will inform the Registry within 7 days of the burial or cremation and they will provide a formal Death Certificate.

Applications for a copy of a Death Certificate can only be made at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and must be accompanied by at least three forms of identification to ensure your privacy and that information is only released to those who are entitled to it.

Should we have a viewing?

In our experience, a viewing has many benefits but the choice about having one is entirely up to you. A viewing can help the bereaved to face the reality of death, and it also allows for quiet time of reflection and goodbyes. Most viewings are held at our funeral home with our caring, experienced staff available to offer you their support.