Traditionally, burials have been the more popular choice when saying goodbye to a loved one. Burials can be dated back to over 100,000 years ago. Traditionally the Burial rite has been seen as a way that family can say goodbye to a person who has been loved.
Methods of burial vary from culture to culture, at Southern Cross we understand, and work with all cultures and religious denominations to ensure that the service is carried out exactly as required.
Since the Catholic Church approved cremations in 1963 the amount of burials in Australia has declined. However the faithful may still opt to be buried.
In the event you loose a loved one who has requested to be buried there are often many questions that families have. Below we outline a guide that may assist.
Choose your Cemetery and burial site.
There are various ways to celebrate the life of a loved one who is being buried, below we have outlined the requirements for a burial, and what services we offer when a family are looking at having a loved one buried.
1. Graveside service.
– A graveside service is where the service is carried out beside the burial site. If this option is chosen, in most cases we meet at the cemetery office to obtain clearance to attend the grave, once this is granted the cortege proceed directly to the Grave where usually a small service is held
2. Chapel to Graveside
– A Chapel to site service is where a service is held within the Chapel’s of the Cemetery, Once complete, the cortege proceed to the graveside for interment
3. Place of Worship to Graveside
– The Service will take place at a place of worship such as a church. From there the cortege will proceed to the Cemetery for interment.
Whatever your preferred choice is, our staff will work with you to ensure that all your needs are catered for.
We have also taken the liberty to outline frequently asked questions in regards to burials.
“I am writing to thank you and every member of your staff for the professional and caring service on the occasion of my husband’s (David) funerals service on 29th May 2017.
We could not fault any part of the service, and we are most grateful.”
“Thank you for looking after mum and all the hardwork you have done! Words can’t thank you enough. You are one of the best human beings I have ever met in my life. Thanks for being there for all of us girls and keeping me laughing at this sad time. I take my hat off to you, Matty. Love you heap a very special person with a lot of gifts.”
“We would like to thank you for all of the care and thoughtfulness that went into my grandmother’s (Gwen) funeral.
Although we didn’t get off to the best start, which was no fault of yours, you came through and made a very difficult time bearable.
Thank you for the care and compassion you showed my mother and the strength you showed, literally (hope you have recovered). Your kindness will always be appreciated and never forgotten.”
“Your bright spirits and kind hearts reflected your professionalism and deep caring for families at their significant time of loss.”
“Thank you so much for being exactly what our family needed in the funeral preparation and the funeral service for our much loved mother.”
“With deep appreciation for your kindness and sympathy. You have indeed made our sad time a little easier to bear.”
“I’d like to thank you and your team for taking care of all the arrangements for my Dad’s funeral. On the day of the service the staff were so understanding, kind and supportive it made such a difficult day easier to get through.”
“On behalf of Russell’s family I would like to express our gratitude for the wonderful send off Russell had last Friday. Everything was so well organised and we were very happy with the service you provided. The Celebrant, Deborah Jenkins was a perfect choice as her presentation at the Funeral Service was excellent.”