Planning A Funeral

Planning Now

There are no rules when it comes to arranging a funeral. At Frank J Siebert Funerals we can accommodate all manner of services and our supportive Funeral Directors will help you through every step.


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When is the Coroner Involved?

In some cases, such as unexpectant or sudden deaths, the Coroner may be involved.


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Planning Ahead

Planning ahead can be of great benefit for you and your loved ones.
It may entail simply writing your wishes down on paper and giving them to your family or actually putting a Pre-Arranged Plan, Bond or a fixed Pre-Paid Funeral contract in place.


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Financial Preparation

Communicating your wishes and investing in advance will ultimately reduce stress or any potential financial burden on your family. It will also give you the comfort and peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out and your personal choices acted upon.


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Why Funerals Matter

Funerals are an important part of the grieving process, and are a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings at the loss of a loved one. We celebrate all of our significant life events with others. Birthdays, weddings and other special anniversaries provide an opportunity to come together and share. A funeral will do the same, whilst giving friends and relatives the opportunity to understand how the lives of other people have been touched by their loved one. Ultimately this will assist families to move forward in grief. Grief is the internal response to loss. If we simply pack up our unmourned grief, we carry it into our future.


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Planning Now

The Arrangement Process

There are no rules when it comes to arranging a funeral. At Frank J Siebert we can accommodate all manner of services and our supportive funeral directors will help you through every step of this difficult process. We will explain your options in order to craft a service that truly reflects both yours and your loved one's personal, cultural and religious needs. We can visit you in your family home or you can come into our offices.

What you will need and decisions to be made:

Usually an Arrangement meeting will take around 1-2 hours. This meeting would preferably be with Next of Kin, Executor (if applicable) and other family members or friends. There will be legal paperwork to attend to and decisions to be made on whether you are looking for a burial or cremation, service venue, flowers, coffin or casket choice, memorial cards etc. A few items that you may wish to bring along to this meeting are:

  1. Clothing for the deceased.
  2. Any relevant legal documentation eg: Birth Certificate or passport.
  3. A current photo of the deceased.
  4. Other memorabilia that you wish to include in the service.

Your funeral director will advise you of any other specific requirements at the time of booking your arrangement.

When is the Coroner Involved?

Sometimes, it is necessary to report a death to the State Coroner's Office, although this does not always result in the Coroner's ongoing involvement. It is important to keep in mind that this reporting process cannot be rushed, and will often impact a funeral director's ability to commit to service bookings.

The need to report a death and the process for reporting is outlined in South Australian legislation and government regulation. The report is most often made by the treating doctor, hospital or police officer.

You will be kept informed by staff from the State Coroner's Office and your chosen funeral director as the reporting process unfolds.

Please read the brochure from the link below to find out more.

Click to download the Coronial Process information.

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead can be of great benefit for you and your loved ones.
It may entail simply writing your wishes down on paper and giving them to your family or actually putting a Pre-Arranged Plan, Bond or a full Pre-Paid Funeral contract in place. Communicating your wishes will ultimately reduce stress or any potential financial burden on your family. It will also give you the comfort and peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out and your personal choices acted upon.

Download our Planning Ahead brochure to read more information about your options.

See the Financial Preparation page to learn more.

Financial Preparation

Pre-Arranged Funerals

A Pre-Arranged Funeral allows you to specify your wishes and preferences without paying any money. This does not protect your estate from future price increases but it will ensure that your wishes are recorded. Pre-arranging your funeral can be done at any time and does not cost you any money.

Pre-Paid Funeral Contract

A Pre-Paid Funeral Contract is a fixed price, fixed service contract whereby a funeral director commits to provide particular services at the time of need. At the time of drawing up the contract, funds equal to the value of the funeral director’s quote are invested with a registered Funeral Trust Fund. The funeral director is then obliged to provide the agreed services at the time of need for the funds invested, regardless of whether prices have changed in the interim.

At Frank J Siebert, your Pre-Paid funds are invested with an independent fund manager. It remains YOUR investment until we provide the services detailed in the contract. A funeral director cannot claim those funds until they have provided the funeral service specified in the contract. Your funds are PROTECTED until that happens.

Funeral Bonds

A Funeral Bond is a capital guaranteed investment for the specific purpose of contributing to your future funeral expenses. When assigned to a funeral director, bonds up to the value of $12,750 per person (as at February 2019) are excluded from asset testing for Centrelink purposes. Unlike Pre-paid Funeral Contracts, Funeral Bonds are not contracts for any specific service, however, your preferred funeral director will happily document your service preferences to be used in conjunction with your Funeral Bond.
Funeral Bonds do not offer a fixed price contract, but offer the ability to plan financially without the need to plan any specific details, or to accommodate aspects of your preferences for which a cost is variable. They also create space for you to change your mind about service details.

Download our Planning Ahead brochure to read more information about your options.

Why Funerals Matter

Funerals are an important part of the grieving process, and are a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts and feelings at the loss of a loved one. We celebrate all of our significant life events with others. Birthdays, weddings and other special anniversaries provide an opportunity to come together and share. A funeral will do the same, whilst giving friends and relatives the opportunity to understand how the lives of other people have been touched by their loved one. Ultimately this will assist families to move forward in grief. Grief is the internal response to loss. If we simply pack up our unmourned grief, we carry it into our future.

Testimonials

Peter and his amazing team at Frank J Siebert helped our family through the worst time in our lives. Peter was so respectful of us as we discussed mum's service, he guided rather than pushed us to the decisions that needed to be made, without ever getting frustrated as we tried to make everything perfect, from the casket to the music. He was very conscious of an affordable option even without us requesting it, and didn't try to 'up sell' us on anything. On the day of the service all of our wishes were carried out perfectly, I cannot fault them. It is easy to see they are a team that work well with each other, as the result of their efforts was seamless.

Nerissa. February 2018.

I would like you to know how very grateful we are for the very professional and caring assistance given to us by all your staff as we prepared for and entered into our last journey with and for our mum. Be very proud that you are maintaining a very fine family tradition on the highest order. We will not hesitate in recommending your company and staff very highly indeed. With very good wishes and sincere thanks.

Trish. May 2018.

Through such a deeply traumatic time in our lives, you have shown great compassion, gentleness, efficient practicality, appropriate guidance, great sensitivity and through it all, a delightful smile and giggle when needed.

Pip. June 2017.

150 years of caring and thoughtful profession Funeral Services to we South Australians in our need at a time that is nearly always a distressful, sad, emotional time in our lives. Your care, concern and of course knowledge of all that is entailed when a person dies has been of great comfort to so very many families thought the years of your ‘story'. Thank you, form so very many South Aussies.

Marie. Nov 2016.

Thank you very mush for your exceptional services carried out in such a caring and sensitive manner for the funeral of our Mum in January of the year. We were very appreciated of your help and guidance. Thank you again.

Naomi. April 2018.