Navigation & Progress of 34 Steps
15%

Step 6 - Organise Transportation of the Body

Last updated: June 2019

Page Rating:
4.3/5

Why is this important?

This step explains everything you need to know about the transport of the deceased person’s body and helps you decide if you should make use of a Funeral Director or a Licensed Transport and Storage provider.

 

simplyEstate is here to help with the process. Contact us via email or book a first free phone appointment.

Approximate Effort & Cost​

Reading: 5 mins
Preparing: 1 hr
Completing: 1 hr
Total: 2:30 hrs
Cost: $0

Effort and cost are general estimates only and are based on the assumption that you complete this step without specialist help.

Instructions

To find out how this Process Guide works, access the instructions here.

Glossary

To find out what the capitalised words mean, access the glossary here.

6.1 Overview

Now that you have determined the Executor or Administrator of the estate and if any pre-arranged funeral, pre-paid funeral plan or funeral insurance are in place, the following activities need to be undertaken to:

  • agree with the family that the body can be transported to a funeral home or licensed storage facility;
  • decide who will complete the transport; and
  • decide whether the family wishes to hold a viewing of the deceased after transportation.

Contents

6.2 General Considerations
6.3 Choose a Funeral Director
6.4 Choose a Licensed Transport & Storage Provider
6.5 Actions and Decisions to Complete Step

6.2 General Considerations

The Executor or Administrator as determined in Step 5 – Determine the Executor or Administrator of the Deceased Estate is responsible for the transportation and disposal of the body.


You will need to decide whether or not to engage –

  • a Funeral Director for the body transport and storage only; or
  • a Funeral Director for the body transport, storage and all related services including the funeral.

Based on Step 4 – Locate the Will & Insurance Information you have also determined if any pre-arranged funeral, pre-paid funeral or funeral insurance plans are in place and have contacted the provider. The provider will be able to inform you of any specific requirements such as selecting a specific Funeral Director or any other restrictions on the level of service to consider.

6.3 Choose a Funeral Director

With all this in mind, you can now approach a Funeral Director in your area or with the provider required as per the pre-arranged funeral, pre-paid funeral or funeral insurance. You will need to discuss your needs and request itemised quotes. If the deceased person’s body is currently still at –

  • home, then make sure you focus on the body transport first to make sure you can transfer the body to a refrigerated storage facility and discuss other services in a second phase; or
  • a mortuary of a nursing home or hospital, then you may have negotiated a bit more time to discuss your options with a Funeral Director in more detail including all services relating to transport, storage and the funeral.

If no pre-arrangement is in place, you should request two to three itemised quotes to compare prices.

 

simplyEstate recommends using our selected Specialists listed in the yellow area to the right or below, or Gatheredhere, which allows you to search for hundreds of Funeral Directors in Australia close to you and request quotes online.

a telephone handset to indicate that our users can make a phone consultation booking simplyEstate is here to help. Contact us via email or book your first free phone appointment.

6.4 Choose a Licensed Transport & Storage Provider

If you are not ready or unsure about discussing all the services offered by a Funeral Director at this moment but are mainly concerned with the transport and storage, then a licensed transport and storage provider may be a good option.

 

However, please consider that you will most likely need to hire the services of a Funeral Director and the body will need to be transferred again.

6.5 Actions and Decisions to Complete Step

If you would like a little help from us at simplyEstate with this Step, you can email us or book your first free phone appointment. If you would like specialist help, get in touch with one of our Specialist Partners listed in the yellow section to the right or below and see how they can help.

 

If you have decided to tackle this Step yourself after reading and understanding this Step, you may want to:

  1. Agree with the family that the body can be transported to a funeral home or licensed storage facility;
  2. Contact the relevant insurance company or Funeral Director to enquire about the pre-arrangement, how it can be accessed and what the inclusions and exclusions of the plan are;
  3. Decide if you will use the services of a Funeral Director or a Licensed Transport and Storage provider where no Will or specific pre-arrangements are in place;
  4. Source two to three quotes for the body transportation from providers, if no pre-arrangements are in place; and
  5. Inform the family of the details.

Once you have completed all the necessary actions and decisions, you can move on to the next Step by clicking below or save progress at the top.

Would you like to talk to us?

a telephone handset to indicate that our users can make a phone consultation booking

Book your free first appointment with us now to discuss the deceased estate administration.

Do you need specialist help?

Body Transport & Storage

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

Funeral Directors

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

 

simplyEstate Specialist Partner Listings coming soon in 2019.

Help us improve this step

If you have worked through this step and found something that could be added, is not quite right or you think may no longer apply, please let us now.

We will not share your details. By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website as outlined in the Privacy Policy, which is available here.

Save Your Progress

bar with red blue and yellow sections

Thank you for using our Process Guide
Enter your email address below and we will send you this link. That way you can easily find your way back and continue where you left off.

We may send you some useful information and a reminder, for your convenience. You can unsubscribe any time.

We will not share your details. By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website as outlined in the Privacy Policy, which is available here.