Very grateful to have gone through the wonderful group at Guilfoyle Funeral Services for our fathers service. They had so much compassion and care towards us and our fathers service ensuring he was getting the goodbye he deserved. We could not have asked for any better service from you at this sad time, and we are forever grateful.
The staff were truly wonderful and followed our instructions to the "T". I highly recommend Burkin Svendsens Funeral Directors, you won't be disappointed.
Beautiful services, they think of every little detail, are very compassionate and thoughtful, very caring and made everything easier for us during our hard time. We couldn't have asked for a better service and send off for our father, and just wanted to express how grateful we are for everything you did. Thanks again.
Every three minutes and 16 seconds there is a death in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and more than 50 per cent of people are choosing to be cremated. In Cairns, and other urban areas where crematoriums are more readily available, the rate can be closer to 70 per cent of people opting for cremation. After the loss of a loved one, dealing with what comes next may be overwhelming. Understanding the cremation process can be of great help when dealing with the final farewell of your dearly departed, whether the death is sudden or expected. Cremation is usually not accepted by Orthodox Jews, Islam or Eastern Orthodoxy. Christian denominations, however, approve cremation. It is also the preferred method of final goodbye for those of the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Christian religions recommend cremated remains are respectfully farewelled. Many cremated remains are placed in memorial gardens, so people can visit where ashes were scattered and pay their respects. Cremation is usually carried out the same day as the funeral. But the Health Department allows up to 48 hours after the funeral for the cremation to be held. Following the service, the coffin is moved to the crematorium. Once accepted by crematorium staff, the coffin remains sealed. Staff will verify details via a nameplate on the coffin, ensuring the details match the official documentation. If there are flowers with the coffin, these are carefully disposed of. Families are advised to let the funeral director know if they would like the flowers to be retained after the service. Only one person is ever cremated at a time, however, under certain circumstances—the death of a mother and baby for example—approval may be sought from the Health Department for a double cremation. Cremated remains, referred to as “ashes”, undergo several processes, taking about four hours. They are then transferred to a sealed container with a nameplate attached. Unclaimed ashes are usually placed within the grounds of the crematorium. Many people just want to be cremated and do not want a service. Many Cairns crematoriums offer unattended cremation services which include a viewing, washing and dressing. Arrangements can be organised via email or over the phone, the crematorium organising the transfer of the loved one from the hospital or mortuary, providing a cardboard coffin, cremation permit and death certificate. If a cremation requires a memorial service, many crematoriums offer both a memorial service, which can take place any time after your loved one has been cremated, and a traditional service closely followed by a cremation. A crematorium offering extra services usually means the cremation can be arranged at any time, at a nominated place, and you can choose the type of coffin. Other extras may include a hearse, a crematorium chapel service, a celebrant, a memoriam book, and a viewing at funeral venue. Whether you choose a cremation with, or without a service, Cairns crematorium staff will guide you in a compassionate and caring manner to ensure you are comforted and understand everything that is going on throughout the difficult process.