When Someone Close To You Dies

Nobody likes to think about dying or about losing a loved one, but the reality is it is going to happen to us all one day and when that time comes we are often overcome by grief and because we have such a short time to prepare for the service, especially if the death is unexpected, most people do not know where to start or what is involved in arranging a funeral.

Counselling and Psychology


What is the procedure usually when someone dies at home/hospital/nursing home PDF

Medicare Australia

Phone: 13 20 11

Web: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au

Telephone typewriter (TTY): 1800 552 152 (hearing and speech impaired)

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS): 131 450

Destitute funerals   

The Area Health Service or a hospital will pay for a basic funeral if the person who died had no known estate and relatives/friends cannot pay for a funeral. Destitute funerals are arranged with funeral operators under state contract. The person who died will be cremated or buried at Rookwood cemetery if the person dies in Sydney or at the nearest cemetery if the person dies outside Sydney. If the destitute funeral is for a person who died in a hospital a long way from the person’s usual home, costs for the return of the body to the usual home area will be paid if requested by the person’s relatives.

Phone:  (02) 9391 9000

Web: www.health.nsw.gov.au/hospitals/healthcare/support.asp