Embalming and Viewing

What is Embalming?

Embalming is the process of chemically treating a human body in order to disinfect and preserve the body. A licensed embalmer carries out this procedure when it is required. Circumstances where embalming may be needed include:

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Coping with Grief

There is no easy way around grief. It is a natural response to the loss of someone special or something we value. Grief is not well understood in our society and some people try to deny it, postpone it or avoid it. Basically, however, someone close to you has died, there will be big and small adjustments which have to be made in your life.

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Beforehand

We have become accustomed to the fact that matters in law control our lives to a very great extent, but in death it is probably more so. We are prone to put off doing things or preferring to ignore them, perhaps with an ostrich like attitude, matters that should be attended to now. Let us examine some of the things which can be done, especially if we are beginning to realize we are approaching twilight years.

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The Funeral Arrangements

From the very first call, our trained and experienced staff are here to help. It is at this time that we will relieve you of many of the burdens associated with funeral arrangements. If the funeral has been pre-arranged or the wishes of the deceased are known, much of the decision making will be avoided.

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In today’s age, it is surprising to find so little is known of the details concerning the problems bereavement brings.

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Accidental or Sudden Death

In cases where a doctor is unable to determine the cause of death, it is necessary for the coroner to be notified – the police do this. The police prepare a report for the coroner who then seeks to determine the cause of death by contacting the doctor of the deceased or requesting a pathologist to inspect the body and carry out an autopsy.

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There are a few services that you will need that are as sensitive or as personal as that of a funeral director. Our mix of people and international experience gives us expertise few can match. We don’t claim to be grief experts, but we do know that the death of a family member or friend is very distressing.

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Services we Provide

Few people realize the extent of a funeral director’s service. It begins when we are first called, and ends only when we are satisfied that the ceremony is as perfect and complete as we can make it, and the wishes of the family are fully met. Approximately forty hours of time is taken in order to professionally arrange and conduct every funeral. The following is a general list of services we are able to provide each family:

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By planning ahead you can ensure peace of mind for you and your family. Pre-arranging and pre-paying your funeral means that you are able to select the service you would like and relieve your family of the emotional and financial burden of making these arrangements themselves.

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The Family That Cares

As a sixth generation of his family born in Central Victoria, Peter Thompson takes great pride in the history of the Thompson Family Funeral Directors. This year celebrates 95 years of care and service to the people of Central Victoria.

Being locally owned, operated and Independent to the larger firms, Peter knows that this is an important thing to maintain in this day and age. There are very few family owned and operated Funeral Directors left in Victoria with such history.

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