Arranging a Funeral

With Piddingtons, arranging a funeral service for your loved one doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or confusing. Our professional and experienced staff are here to guide you through the decisions that need to be made and offer you understanding and support. The funerals Piddingtons carefully arrange with you are meaningful and personal and tailored to your individual requests and needs.Piddingtons provide a 24 hour family friendly service, and can arrange everything for you & your family in the comfort of your own home or in our offices by either male & female arrangers.

At Piddingtons we encourage grieving families to take their time when arranging the details of their loved one's funeral. It's important to contact Piddingtons as soon as possible following the death, but the finer details can be delayed until you and your family are ready to make the decisions needed.

Considerations that may require additional time:

- Relatives needing to travel
- Opportunities to view your loved one
- Preparing service sheets
- Preparing memory displays
- Compiling a photo story
- Preparing the eulogy


Things to consider before meeting with Piddingtons

When a death occurs, there is a legal obligation to register the death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in that state. The Registrar asks for information as part of the process of registering the death.

Information to assemble before meeting to discuss arrangements:
- Date of birth and birthplace of the deceased
- Marriage details-where, when and to whom
- Children(s) names and ages
- Parents' full name and occupations

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Support & guidance at every step

The professional and experienced team at Piddingtons will provide you and your family with the support you need to follow the wishes of your loved one or arrange a funeral that is a fitting tribute. When you sit down to plan the funeral service any questions you may have can be answered and all details confirmed and arranged, leaving you with the confidence knowing all the finer details are taken care of. Things to be discussed & considered during your consultation:

Burial or Cremation

Cremation is sometimes chosen as a lower-cost option, especially in metropolitan areas, where cemetery fees are very high. In regional areas, cemetery fees tend to be less expensive, so cost is not usually the main reason families choose cremation.

Cremation is a respectful, dignified process that feels right for many of today's families. If you would like to know more about this process, your funeral director will explain it for you.

If you choose cremation

There is no necessity in law to inter the ashes or keep them in an urn. You may wish to:
- Create a memorial for your loved one in a specially designed garden or wall of remembrance
- Create your own memorial at home or on a property have the ashes scattered at a location of significance.

This is a decision that doesn't need to be made straight away. Your funeral director will give you a range of options when you're ready to discuss this. That may be some weeks after the funeral ceremony.

If you choose burial

If you are arranging a burial, you may already know the cemetery that is to be used. Your family member may have even pre-purchased the cemetery plot.Feel free to drive through the cemeteries in your area. You will see the different choices within them, such as:
- Lawn areas where the plaque is recessed into the lawn
- Historic headstone sections
- Headstone lawn areas, where a more traditional headstone is erected on a concrete strip or within a garden area.

Your funeral director will have information on all cemetery options and can arrange a time for you to meet with the cemetery official, if you wish to select a particular location within it.

It can be difficult at this time of sadness to discuss future family deaths. However, if it's important that other family members be buried alongside your loved one, you may need to consider pre-purchasing adjoining plots now.

Funeral Service

The types of funeral services are many and varied depending on religious beliefs and customs.
There is no one 'right' way to hold a funeral. A funeral should simply 'fit' the person who died and the family and friends who survive that person. To help you in your planning, here are the most often asked-for formats for a funeral.

- A service held in a church, chapel or Hall, followed by a full cortege to the place of burial or cremation where the committal will take place.
- A service held in a church, chapel or Hall, followed by a private cortege to a place of burial or cremation, where only the family is present to witness the committal.
- A service and committal in a church, chapel or Hall, with no cortege. The coffin or casket will be removed by your pall bears from the church during the singing of the final hymn or piece of music.
- A service and committal in Piddington’s chapel.
- A service and committal at the graveside.
- A memorial or thanksgiving service. No coffin or casket is present at the church or chapel. A memorial or thanksgiving service usually follows a private graveside or crematorium committal.

The service choice may be either public or private.

Who will officiate or lead the ceremony?

If you or a loved one has an association with a church fellowship, your clergy will be the obvious choice. You may have not attended a church for many years but would still appreciate a clergy person to officiate at the ceremony. Your funeral director can easily arrange this. You may prefer a celebrant to lead the ceremony. This, too, can easily be arranged by Piddingtons.

You or the person who has died may already know the clergy or celebrant. However, this is often not the case and it will be important for the clergy or celebrant and your family to meet and discuss the life of the person who died, the ceremony and your wants and needs.

Choosing a Venue

If you or the person who has died attended a church or other place of worship, this may be the natural choice for the funeral ceremony. This is particularly appropriate when a family wishes to arrange a ceremony of traditional religious significance, such as a funeral mass.

Our chapel has seating for up to 120 guests and if more seating is needed extra chairs can be placed in the condolence lounge as well as under the awning. Our extensive sound system and portable television will ensure everyone will feel a part of the service. The condolence lounge is adjacent to the chapel and is available to families who wish to have a cuppa tea or coffee after the service. Piddingtons call also organise of your behalf sandwiches and slices to share with family and friends.

Of coarse possible venues are only limited by your imagination and can include:
- The graveside
- A garden setting
- A rural property
- A private residence
- A school assembly hall.

Some points to consider when choosing the venue for the funeral ceremony:
- How many people will be accommodated? Is the facility large enough or perhaps too large?
- Is there adequate seating?
- Do you require special facilities, for example, video projection, room for musicians, on-site catering?
- Will the service be conducted completely in one location or move in cortege to the cemetery or crematorium?
- Is the venue easy to find?
- Is there adequate parking?
- Are there time restrictions in using the facility?

Choosing a Coffin or Casket

The selection of a coffin is very much a personal matter. Our range varies in size and design, but all are elegant. Price is dependent upon material used in manufacture, detail of design and trimming. The nature of the funeral, ie cremation or burial, may influence the coffin / casket selection.

Coffins are shaped and moulded, wide at the shoulder and narrowing at the head and foot. Caskets are of rectangular design and often more elaborate in detail and trimming.

Whilst selection will always remain a personal matter, Piddingtons can be relied upon to offer impartial guidance, should it be desired. Styles are fully explained and our representative can be relied upon for a recommendation that will best suit your particular circumstances.

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Choosing a Family Flower Arrangement

Remember that all funerals are different, and so are the floral tributes which families select. Each floral arrangement is individually created according to your specific needs and requests. All             our floral tributes are fresh from our reputable florist and of the highest quality. A floral arrangement which most families select is a coffin or casket spray. This is placed on the lid of the coffin or casket and helps soften the appearance of a bare coffin.

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Arrange Newspaper Notices

There are two ways to approach writing the funeral notice. Both approaches are equally correct. Just consider what is right for you and the person who has died.

1. You can provide the 'who, what, where and when', that is, only the necessary facts.

2. You can provide an historical statement, a notice that many will cut out from the paper and keep. In addition to the who, what, where and when, this type of notice generally includes dates of birth and death and all immediate family names and may be worded in a way that reflects something of the essence of the person and the relationship others had with them.

Remember that newspapers will only accept a funeral notice from your funeral director.

Service Sheets

Piddington’s professional team can help with designing and printing service sheets for the service. We will liaise with the clergy or celebrate and family to design that perfect sheet that will reflect  your loved ones personality and taste.

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Mourning Cars

The cortège has been an integral part of the funeral service for centuries. Today the funeral cortege performs an elegant and dignified role in the funeral service to convey family and friends to and from the service. For some, it will be important to pass by or have a brief stop and quiet reflection at their loved one's place of work, or a special place of significance in their life.
Whatever your requirement, we are able to cars to suit your need. Allan, Ron or Sam will arrange an individual cortège protocol for as many or as few as the occasion requires.

A Harley Hearse motorcycle is now available for those who are looking for a funeral that reflects a free spirit and a sense of adventure.

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Condolence Lounge Facilities

Most funerals are followed by a gathering of friends and family. This is an important time, where the formalities of the ceremony are over and your family and friends are more relaxed and can share fellowship and reflect. This gathering may be held at home, or in a church hall, pub, club or at any specialised catering facility.

The Piddington’s condolence lounge is adjacent to the chapel and is available to families who wish to have a cuppa tea or coffee after the service. Piddingtons call also organise of your behalf sandwiches and slices to share with family and friends.

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Audio & Visual

Never wanting to be left in the past the Piddington family have always turned to technology to improve the services available to help families. In 1914 Piddington’s used the first motorised hearse in NSW, now in the 21st century Piddington’s lead the way with audio & visual technology.  

Finding that special piece of music to remember your loved one can be very daunting but with our vast music library we can find that perfect song. Most churches can cater for CD music and our Chapel also has a state of the art surround speaker system which also has facilities for your own musical instruments. We also carry a portable PA system that can play both CDs and accommodate MP4 players.

A well put together photo presentation is a respectful way to personalise the funeral service of your loved one. A photo presentation is great way to remember a loved one during the service but can be taken home & cherished forever. Your photos will be put together in a tasteful & professional DVD that can be viewed after the service anytime and anywhere. The presentation will be streamed through our four large LCD televisions while some Churches can cater for slideshows. All packages can be altered to suit your personal needs and budgets.

If you do choose to keep a recording of the service it will be a great way to remember your loved one by listening to eulogies & tributes after the funeral service. There are two main options when it comes to recording the service, audio & visual. An audio recording will enable you to  listen to the service using your standard CD player at home while a visual recording will be placed onto a DVD. The DVD can include photo presentations & will come in a professionally made DVD case.

Music can be a huge part of people’s lives & our chapel offers facilities to accommodate a musically themed service. Up to ten musical instruments can be wired into our music system, so even with the biggest service everyone can hear.

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Settling Funeral Expenses

Your funeral director is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the funeral service. An important aspect of this responsibility is arranging payments on your behalf for the purchase of all goods and services associated with the funeral. These services might typically include cemetery plots, cremation fees, floral tributes, funeral notices, catering services, clergy and musician fee.

By arranging for all expenses to be itemised on one account, billing is kept as convenient as possible. Our own services will be detailed on the same invoice. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card. If the person who has died held a bank account with sufficient funds to cover funeral expenses, the funeral director's account can be presented to the bank for direct payment.

Although during a time of sadness it may seem awkward to talk about costs, open and honest discussion is necessary during the planning stages of the funeral. It is important to balance emotional decisions with practical common sense. When your funeral director addresses the issue of funeral expenses during the planning stage of the funeral, they are acting in your best interests.

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