The passing of a loved one raises many questions. Whatever the time or circumstances of passing, our Funeral Director, Barry, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Every loved one is different.  That means every goodbye is different.  With over 30 years experience, our Funeral Director has extensive knowledge of how to meet the needs of families so they have less to worry about during sorry time. He will respectfully care for your loved one and help you through the entire process, from the time of their passing until they are lovingly farewelled.

To make sure things run smoothly, our Funeral Director will work with the authorised person or the Marigeth to:

  • Help select an appropriate coffin or casket, and make sure it is prepared in time for the funeral
  • Organise any travel that is needed for your loved one
  • Help co-ordinate the funeral arrangements so that everything runs smoothly on the day of the funeral
  • Provide information on any available avenues for financial assistance
  • Liaise with relevant local government and state government agencies on your behalf if required

Barry’s advice is part of the funeral services provided by Waibeni Indigenous Funeral Services.

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Questions and Answers

  1. If passing away occurs at home, and it was expected, call your doctor. Your doctor will fill out a form for the cause of death.
  2. If passing away occurs in an aged care facility or hospital, the facility or hospital will arrange for a form for the cause of death.
  3. If passing away occurs at home or elsewhere, and it was unexpected, call the police. Depending on the circumstances, a coroner may need to examine the cause of death.
  1. Representatives of Waibeni Indigenous Funeral Services (WIFS) have 30+ years of experience and skill-sets to meet your funeral needs.
  2. WIFS Funeral Director will work with the authorized person or Marigeth chosen by the next-of-kin to act on behalf of the family.
  3. The authorized person or Marigeth, together with our Funeral Director, make the arrangements needed for the funeral service.
  1. Funeral Assistance – When you can’t afford a funeral for a friend or relative who passed away in Queensland and their assets will not cover their funeral costs, you may be able to get funeral assistance. There is a lot of information available on Coroners Court of Queensland regarding the eligibility requirements, and what type of service is provided under this scheme. Applications for assistance can be made at the Magistrates Court.
  2. Funeral Assistance for Victims of Homicide

           If your loved one died from an act of violence, you may be eligible for assistance for funeral costs from Victim Assist Queensland.  Families of homicide victims are eligible for financial assistance towards funeral costs.

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  1. Every situation is different, and depends on many factors including where your loved one is located and where they may be buried.
  2. There is no ‘one size fits all’ package.
  3. We will work with you to tailor a package that meets the needs of your family and loved one.

If you need to talk to someone about loss, grief and/or bereavement, you may wish to access resources such as:

  1. Because of the wide variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, modern funerals can take many different forms.
  2. For non-Indigenous people attending an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander funeral, it is advisable to speak to a friend or family member of the deceased to confirm the dress code.
  3. It is likely, however, that smart, clean clothing in subdued colours will be appropriate.
  4. Be aware that as a non-Indigenous person, you may not be invited to observe or participate in certain ceremonies and rituals, though this differs between communities.
  5. If you are present during a traditional hymn, it is appropriate to stay respectfully silent.