Frequently Asked Questions

Important Facts Concerning Funerals and Bereavement for Every Family

Funeral customs vary greatly throughout the world, and have largely become what they are because people have decided for themselves the manner in which they wish to honour their loved ones.

There is a general reluctance to enquire beforehand about the facts surrounding death, although it is one of the most natural happenings in life.

Because of this reluctance, additional grief and mental anguish are often added to the normal sorrow which accompanies bereavement, whether sudden or expected.

At Binney Family Funerals we are here to assist in every possible way to alleviate many of the difficulties families face as the direct result of the loss of a loved one.


Your attention and understanding of the points outlined below will assist your family during their time of grief removing any sense of uncertainty.

The family doctor can sign a death certificate only where he has attended the deceased within THREE MONTHS of the death taking place. Otherwise the matter must be reported to the coroner who will decide the extent of investigation or post mortem examination necessary.

Legal documents such as a will, life insurance policies, title deeds and other important information should be prepared and kept in a safe place, but not a secret place and at least one responsible person be informed of the location.

A will is revoked by a subsequent marriage. Therefore, a new will should be made after remarriage.

The Next of Kin invariably makes the funeral arrangements although he or she does not have the legal authority to do so unless there is NO will. The executer of the will is regarded as being empowered to carry out that task.

The Executor’s general duty is to take care of the deceased estate (assets and property) and other wishes in accordance with the will.

If you die intestate (without a will), your estate will be distributed by your next of kin in accordance with the intestate rules of your state. It will cost more and take longer to wind up your estate and may result in people receiving an inheritance when, given the chance, you would have preferred they didn’t receive anything. A de-facto relationship is not automatically recognised under these laws.

We have become accustomed to the fact the laws control our day-to-day life to a large extent, and the death of a loved one is not exempt from this. Binney Family Funerals work with you to meet these legal requirements while creating a meaningful funeral.

At The Time

Binney Family Funerals should be contacted as soon as practical. Our experience and training enables us to take away most of the worries and problems regarding your funeral arrangement.

Binney Family Funerals’ main role is to carry out your families wishes in its entirety. We will during the process carry out all legal matters on your behalf.

Selecting a Coffin/Casket

We offer a wide Range of coffins and caskets.

Coffin: is a funerary box having 6 sides.
Casket: is a funerary box of a more rectangular shape with generally a hinged lid.

We offer a range of coffins from austere lines and purpose designed with low cost in mind up to coffins and caskets where much time and effort has been expended to bring them to the state of excellence desired. Accordingly, the type of timber, quality of workmanship and furnishings determine the price.

Payment of Account

The person who is responsible for the account is the one who signs the authorisation for the funeral to be conducted and is given the funeral agreement and estimate with Binney Family Funerals terms and conditions attached.

General Information

It is often asked, “Should children attend a funeral?”

Always, provided the temperament of a child appears normal there should be no barrier against the child sharing in the usual process of grief. It has been found that their exclusion can set up a sense of “not being wanted” with some children, which of course is more detrimental than taking part in a “natural happening” within the family circle.

Another question often asked is “What happens to the coffin at the Crematorium?”

In all cases the coffin is completely cremated along with all attached fitting and handles.

Applications for the death certificate must be made to the registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state. This process entails a fee.

Funeral direction differs not from any community service. A funeral director lives by service.

Should you have any unanswered questions Binney Family Funerals will be pleased to answer them for you.

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