Further Information - Funeral Directors Melbourne - Pre Paid funeral & Cremation
TJ Scott & Son, Funeral Directors in Melbourne & Central Victoria, provide further information that you may find helpful. The Scott family are committed to providing information and education regarding all aspects of funeral service in Australia. They welcome you to contact them if you have any further questions regarding pre-paid funerals, burial, cremation or other services.
Centrelink: We offer information on Centrelink, including the booklet ‘Are you needing help after someone has died’. This booklet provides information on the bereavement allowance and other assistance provided by the Centrelink. For more information, go to the Centrelink website: www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/individuals/help_index.htm
Veterans' Affairs Funeral Benefit: T.J. Scott & Son can provide you with the ‘Claim for funeral benefit form’ and assist you in completing and submitting it to Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Follow the links below for more information:
Department of Defence: The link below provides information for ‘Next of Kin’ and beneficiaries of deceased members of the Australian Defence Force: www.defence.gov.au/dco/documents/bereavements.pdf
VIC Transport Accident Commission: You may speak to the Scott family for advice and information regarding transport accidents, or contact TAC directly on (03) 9656 9443. www.tac.vic.gov.au
What to do if someone dies overseas:
Executor/Power of Attorney: As the position of Power of Attorney ceases at the time of death, the executor of the will is the person with the legal authority to act on the deceased’s behalf. While T.J. Scott & Son encourage family involvement during the arranging of a funeral, they are ultimately under the directions of the immediate next of kin and/or Executor. This also means that nothing will be done without their consent. Circumstances are more complicated when a person dies intestate (without a will). As such, it is highly recommended to have a legal will.
Death Certificate: At the time of the funeral, the death registration details are lodged online with the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriage. If requested, the death certificate will be ordered and sent directly to the executor or senior next of kin.
Our Account: Please notify us should you place our account in the hands of a solicitor or trustee company, for payment. This will complete our records and perhaps save you inconvenience.
The Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA)
In the Funeral Industry in Australia, this logo is your assurance of quality and professionalism. The AFDA is a National Governing Body of the Funeral Industry that ensures that certain guidelines and codes of practice and codes of ethics are maintained within all reputable Funeral Directing firms. These are based upon fundamental and legitimate occupational health and safety, public health, legal and community standards. AFDA member firms are required to abide by these standards. They make regular inspections of all its members to ensure that your Funeral Director is giving you the best possible service.
As funeral directors in Melbourne & Central Victorian districts, TJ Scott & Son is a proud member of the ADFA.
AFDA members and the AFDA Trademark represents security, care and professional service. Formed in 1935, AFDA is the only national funeral service organisation with member firms in every State and Territory. Prospective member firms must comply with required standards for premises, equipment and vehicles (PEV) before AFDA membership is granted. Re-accreditation is required every three years. AFDA member firms are chosen by more than 60% of families to provide funeral arrangements for their loved ones.
The AFDA also furnishes all member firms with a large range of information services, such as information on pre-paid funerals, in addition to educational programs, seminars and conferences. While T.J. Scott & Son have been long-standing members of the AFDA, Managing Director, John F. Scott has also been a committee member for nearly 10 years. During 2001-2002, he served as President of the Victorian Division.
To learn more about the Australian Funeral Directors Association go to: www.afda.org.au
You can download a copy of the AFDA code of ethics here: Code of Ethics
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What is Embalming?
“Embalming, one of humankind’s longest practiced arts, is a means
of artificially preserving the dead human body”(Mayer p.23).
Embalming, or mortuary science, is concerned with achieving a state of preservation, sanitation and restoration of the deceased human body through a process of chemical treatment which inhibits the growth of micro-organisms, temporarily interrupts organic decomposition and restores a physical appearance of natural form and colour.
For more information on history and practice of embalming, you can download this document prepared by Jack Scott, member of the Australian Institute of Embalming: Embalming
To learn more about the Australian Institute of Embalming go to: www.aieptyltd.org
About Cremation & Cremated Remains
After cremated remains are returned to the family after the funeral, many people wonder what they should do. Today, there are a wide range of options available for cremated remains that are worth considering before making a decision. These include:
For information on Cremation and Cremated Remains, download this document: Cremation & Cremated Remains
For further information about cremation in Victoria, please see the following websites:
Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria www.ccav.org.au
Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park www.fcmp.com.au
Neangar Memorial Park (Bendigo Crematorium) www.bencemtrust.com.au
Altona Memorial Park www.altonamemorialpark.com.au
Springvale Crematorium (The Necropolis) www.necropolis.com.au
Wooling Hill Garden Estate
Wooling Hill is a beautiful Memorial Garden situated beneath the breathtaking Macedon Ranges at New Gisborne. It is dedicated to the interment of ashes and the placement of a memorial tribute plaque to honour those who have passed away. With its soft flowing landscape of peace and serenity, Wooling Hill provides a restful haven to remember people and times gone by.
The friendly staff at Wooling Hill acknowledges that remembering people who have played a significant part in our lives is something we do all our lives. Creating a lasting memorial is a permanent reference of their life for future generations. Wooling Hill allows you the opportunity to choose a memorial that expresses the character and personality of the person who has passed away.
The Atrium Chapel is non-denominational, which means that families have the freedom to choose the style of service most appropriate to their needs and beliefs. The chapel is available for all celebrations of life, including, Memorial and Funeral Services, Weddings, Naming ceremonies and Christenings. For further information, follow the links below: