As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops, all of our lives are being affected. It is an event on a scale and magnitude that many of us have never experienced before. Families, communities, companies and industries are doing their best to navigate their way through the ever-changing landscape – and the funeral industry is no exception.
Industry organisations, such as the Australian Funeral Directors Association, are seeking advice from the Federal Government in relation to how the funeral industry manages the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and how it should prepare for the days ahead. It is important to note that State and Local Governments may also establish location-specific arrangements.
It is clear that the situation is changing rapidly and Gathered Here understands that this can place added stress and uncertainty on families seeking to arrange funerals and other end-of-life services. To help you find out your options and make informed decisions, we have provided some advice below.
You can find information on how social distancing requirements may affect funerals, and how victims of coronavirus may be treated by the industry in our article on the Impact of Coronavirus on Funerals. For the latest government advice, information and resources on COVID-19, please visit www.health.gov.au.
If you are planning a funeral, it is best to speak directly to your chosen funeral director to understand the specific options available to you and what types of services are still permissible under the various national and state restrictions. If you need, we can help you get 3 quotes from funeral directors in your area.
Similarly, if you are seeking a grant of probate or letters of administration, our partners will be able to advise you of any delays or interruptions that can be expected.
In this time of crisis, we know it is our role to help you find the end-of-life services you need and to connect you with the experts who are best placed to guide you through this time.
To all the families grieving, suffering and impacted in this time – our thoughts are with you.
Take care of yourselves, and each other,
– The Gathered Here Team