Death Celebration Infos

Guidelines for the dead body ceremony

Informations from Gunjar who was Yuthika's boyfriend at her time of death.
She knew of her imminent death due to cancer.
This death celebration was held in Western Australia and we can only assume that the regulations for the rest of the country or the world are the same, but we don't know for sure.

The main point was - Don't talk to funeral directors - they lie about regulations for their own convenience, and there are very few regulations.

In heat, keep the body in a small room with an air-conditioner and pack the coffin with dry ice. Don't put in too much dry ice at once, or the body will be damaged by the intense cold. The body should be laid out within three hours, before it stiffens, and five days is long enough to keep it in hot weather before cremation. For some beloveds it might be very important that only their friends would touch their body after death.

Two doctors have to sign the death certificate. There is no need to tell anybody more then they need to know, compartmentalize who you inform. Running around for death certificates and other bureaucratic matters needs a support person: it takes a lot of time just when you need space to be with the beloved.

You need a single funeral licence: the crematorium can give you the forms you need to get the licence to act as a funeral director.

You need to find a coffin maker who will sell you a coffin directly-you can order cardboard(!) coffins from Tasmania if the locals won't cooperate. Let the coffin-maker know you have a licence. It's good to have the coffin ready before death, as it's very hard to get a stiff body into a coffin.

For a celebration, you need to book a one hour slot at the crematorium - mostly they rush it through in half an hour and on to the next one.

It is possible for up to 10 people to enter the furnace room and watch the burning, but you may have to insist.

Don't tell the wrong people.
When you know the death is going to happen, it is quite easy to arrange the funeral yourself.
An unexpected death at home would be difficult but perhaps possible.
A death in public such as a traffic accident: almost impossible.
Once the authorities get their hands on the body, you'll never get it back.