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Questions people ask about funerals

Q. Who has the legal right to arrange a funeral?
The executor of the estate if there is a valid Will.

Q. What happens when the deceased person has made no arrangements/Will/requests?
It is then up to the next of kin to make the arrangements. In cases where there is no next of kin, then usually a friend or neighbour would assume the role.

Q. How long can the body of the deceased be kept in refrigeration?
Funerals usually take place within 2 - 4 days. The longest period we would suggest would be 3 - 4 weeks unless the body is embalmed.

Q. Is viewing always possible?
In most cases yes, but it would depend on the specific circumstances. At Bendigo Funerals we believe in the value of viewing and would endeavour to facilitate this where possible.

Q. Is there any significance in the colour of coffins?
No. This is purely a matter of personal choice.

Q. What is the percentage of cremations to burials?
There are approximately 30,000 deaths each year in Victoria with some 12,000 cremations taking place. In metropolitan areas approximately 60-65% of all funerals are cremation. In country areas the percentage varies dramatically.

Q. What happens to the metal parts of a coffin at cremation?
Some crematoria remove the fittings because of chemical compositions and emissions. Any fittings removed are destroyed.

Q. Is more than one coffin cremated at the one time in a cremator?
No. However in the case of a mother and baby / father and baby or twin children some crematoria will accept both in the same coffin.

Q. Can I keep the cremated remains or must I dispose of them?
Disposal of the cremated remains is the responsibility of the executor of the estate. They may keep the cremated remains if they wish or arrange a memorial, such as a wall niche or rose garden.

Q. Could someone be buried in their own back yard?
Although legally possible, at the moment in Victoria, it would require Ministerial approval which is unlikely to be given without extremely good reason. Time delays are also a factor.

Q. Can two people be buried in the one coffin?
This is only possible in the case of twin children or mother and baby / father and baby, as long as the Cemetery Trust involved approves.

Q. Why are children's coffins white?
Children's coffins are white as a representation of innocence.