Losing a loved one is devastating, but the ability to come together in support and say goodbye at a funeral, can often provide much needed solace during a difficult time - and why funerals are as much about the living as they are about the deceased.
Understanding people take different paths in life, we might have lost touch with someone we care about that has died - so how do you find out about details of a funeral in Australia should that be the case? Here are some simple steps to help you find details of a funeral.
Death or Funeral notice
Death notices are the most common means to find out about a person's passing and they often include the details of a funeral. The easiest and safest way to find these details is to search Australia's most trusted destination for death, funeral and tribute notices in print and online - My Tributes.
Families of the deceased want family and friends to find details of a funeral and will choose to publish funeral notices in their local newspaper as well. If however, your local community newspaper is no longer in print, you should still find these in the My Tributes section of most News Corp Australia metropolitan state newspapers. Print versions of these can also be viewed online by clicking the 'Read the Paper' link on your favourite newspaper's website (found in the top left hand corner).
Talk to your most recent point of contact
Your best place to find details of a funeral is to start with your most recent point of contact. Reach out to the person who notified you about the death and ask them if they're aware of any details of a funeral. If your contact didn't hear the information first hand, kindly ask them for the persons details who did, and make contact with them yourself. The more people you talk to, the more likely you're going to learn about the details of a funeral.
Talk to the immediate family
Depending on the relationship you have with the deceased, reach out to the immediate family and ask for the details of a funeral; they will understand and probably have someone close to them answering calls and messages of this nature.
Talk to affiliates
You might have to take the affiliate angle and focus on information that can lead you to details of a funeral. This might be through friends, work, school, or churches and organisations they were a part of. Remember, people come together during difficult times and will more often than not want to help you if they can.
Check social media
If you still can't find details of a funeral, try checking their social media. Often friends and family post tributes, funeral or memorial details on their page. Be mindful that social media platforms aren't always reliable, so it's worth confirming details via the above mentioned means, just to make sure the details of a funeral you have are correct.
Local Funeral Directors
Contact funeral directors in the area where the deceased lived. Even if you reach a funeral director not handling the service, the staff should be helpful enough to be able to point you in the right direction to find details of a funeral.
If you can't find details of a funeral or death notice for a recently deceased person, you can find more information on why that might be the case here.