Virgo Funerals - incorporating South Burnett Funerals and Crematorium Pty Ltd
Serving the South Burnett with dignity since 1939
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Funeral Notices
We can arrange for Funeral Notices to be published in local newspapers and broadcast on local radio for you at whatever rate those media charge us. But we also publish these notices at no charge whatsoever here
on our website

Making a Will
Passing away without a will can cause problems for the loved ones that are left behind. You can find out what those problems are and how then can be easily avoided by clicking here.

Common Funeral Tasks
When a loved one passes away there are many things that need to be attended to and many decisions that need to be made. Our simple checklist will help guide you through these things.

Making Arrangements
What's involved in making funeral arrangements? Most people have very little experience with this and can find it confusing. But our handy guide explains the process clearly and simply.

How To Cope With Grief
Death can take many people by surprise and very few of us are naturally good at dealing with it. Our tips will help you cope with grief (or help your family or friends to get through it).

Arrange A Funeral Online
If you're located far away from the South Burnett or - for any reason - can't make it to our offices, you can also arrange a funeral through us by simply completing our online form.

Services And Wakes
Funeral services vary widely depending on the wishes of the departed and their family.
Our quick guide explains the main types of services and different options for wakes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Funerals
Most people have very little experience of funerals and may only be involved in making funeral arrangements once or twice in their lives.

Funerals usually need to be arranged shortly after a death has occurred. And for many people this can be an added burden at a time when their lives seem suddenly caught up in chaos.

Virgo Funerals understand the stress that funeral arrangements can cause and we try to minimise this wherever possible.

Our sympathetic, professionally trained staff will clearly outline all the choices and options that are available to you.
And we'll respect your wishes at every step of the process.

Here are the answers to the most common questions we're usually asked about funerals:

Who's Responsible For Arranging A Funeral?
  • In most instances, the next of kin are responsible for arranging a funeral (ie spouse, child, parent, legal partner or sibling).
     
  • In the instance of dispute - where it's known that a Will exists - the arbiter of funeral arrangements is deemed to be the nominated Executor. The Executor may (at his or her discretion) appoint a person to make necessary arrangements with a Funeral Director. Such occasions, however, are uncommon.
     
  • In some cases where a person may not have any known relatives, then authorities in institutions may need to make the necessary arrangements. This is usually done by the Social Worker or another authorised officer.

 

Do Most People Choose Burtial Or Cremation?
  • The number of people choosing to be cremated in Australia today is steadily increasing. While there's some variance between states, cremations now outnumber burials. Cremations are also much higher in areas where crematory facilities are available. But burials still tend to predominate in rural and remote areas.
     
  • People have the choice of either burial or cremation. In certain cultures cremation isn't favoured or may be prohibited by certain faiths. But in other cultures the opposite may occur and cremation may be the custom  (eg: the Hindu tradition).
     
  • In the future, it seems likely that the overall numbers of cremations may rise due to increasing limits on cemetery space within or convenient to large population centres.

 

How Much Choice Does The Family Have In The Funeral Arrangements?
  • The family has absolute choice with only a few rare exceptions (eg: in the case of Coronial Investigation in some murder cases where permission may be given for a funeral by burial only).
     
  • A funeral director can volunteer options to a family but it's the family's right to choose whatever they wish providing the necessary legal requirements are met (eg: in most instances the Health Department requires the deceased to be placed in a coffin or casket for burial or cremation. And in the case of cremation the coffin/casket must be combustible).
     
  • Funerals may be Government-assisted in the event of insufficient funds and such funerals naturally have some limitations on choice. Advice about what these may be can be given by the funeral director, by a social worker or by the relevant Government Office.

 

How Much Will A Funeral Cost?
  • This is an obvious and perfectly understandable question and the answer is the same as if you asked "how much will it cost to build a house?" - that is to say, it's impossible to provide an accurate estimate until we've had the opportunity to sit and talk with you to work out your requirements, and then jointly examine the different options that are available. However, here are some broad guidelines that might help:
     
  • There are certain necessary inclusions and certifications required in any funeral. Some of these are fixed costs and some are negotiable. Virgo Funerals will be happy to explain which are which and then help guide you to the choices you're most comfortable with.
     
  • The idea that cremation has a lower cost than burials may not always be the case if the family already has a licence or lease for a grave which has allowed provision for further interments (though in such a case re-opening and digging fees would apply). Again, in these instances we'll be happy to help you work out the best way to proceed.
     
  • In general, the costs of any funeral fall into three broad categories:
    • Professional service fees
    • Disbursements (the funeral company's out-of-pocket expenses) and...
    • Coffin or casket choice
       
  • Virgo Funerals are very happy to try to work within your budget and we'll explain what options are open to you in each of these three main cost categories very simply and clearly.
     
  • You can get some idea of what types of expenses are usually involved with a funeral on this page of our site.

 

What Is Embalming And When Is it Required?
  • Embalming is the process of replacing body fluids with chemical fluids for the purpose of preserving the body. It's generally used for:
    • Infection control, and
    • Enhancing the presentation of the deceased.
       
  • Embalming can be minimal or unnecessary in some instances. Partial embalming may be carried out for the benefit of families wishing to hold viewings and/or when the funeral may occur within a week of death. Full embalming may be required and/or expected in some cultures, or when the body needs to be repatriated interstate or overseas.

 

Is A Viewing Necessary?
  • A "viewing" is an opportunity to see and spend time with the person who's died prior to the actual funeral (in some cultures this may also occur during the funeral). An identification viewing is necessary in Coronial matters but this occurs at the Coroner's facility prior to funeral arrangements. In some states it's also obligatory for a person who knew the deceased to view and sign an official identification form which must be sighted and retained by the Crematorium authority prior to cremation.
     
  • In a general sense, though, there's no obligation to view the deceased. However the therapeutic benefits of a viewing to the grief process are well regarded and recommended. All the same, it's really a matter of personal choice and it requires sensitivity in approach, the physical environment and setting. And yes: providing explanations are given to children in language that they can understand there's no reason why they shouldn't have the opportunity to be involved. But allow them to decide for themselves.
     
  • Viewings can offer these chances we wish we had...."if only" to:
    • Finish off unfinished business
    • Confirm the reality of death, and...
    • To say the "I love you", "I'm sorry", and any other "If only" words we may want to say.