Experienced funeral directors in Ipswich

At LR Thomas Funerals, we’re passionate about providing you with the support and guidance you need. Our professional funeral directors understand that losing a loved one is never easy, so we offer compassionate and reliable services to simplify the process. Based in Ipswich, we help you celebrate and remember the life of your loved one in a dignified and respectful way. Read through our FAQs below to learn more about how we can help.

When can I contact L.R. Thomas Funeral directors?

We’re available by phone 24/7 and offer appointments on most days, including public holidays. Our office is open by appointment only and we welcome bookings at any time. We don’t charge any after hours fees for transfers, calls or appointments.

What do I do when someone passes away?

  • Hospital: The hospital will call you. When ready, contact us to arrange the transfer of your loved one into our care. Most hospitals have an equipped mortuary, so you can take your time and contact us when ready.
  • Nursing home: The nursing home staff will call you and allow time for you to see your loved one. When ready, you or nursing home staff can contact us to arrange the transfer of your loved one.
  • ome: If a death occurs at home, call an ambulance/police. The ambulance/police will advise whether the coroner should be involved or if you should contact a funeral director to arrange a transfer.
  • Coroner: If, for any reason, your loved one is at the coroner, you may contact us to make funeral arrangements whenever you’re ready.

What happens if the coroner is involved?

If, for any reason, there is a coronial investigation you may contact a funeral director. The funeral director will complete and lodge all necessary paperwork and contact the coroner to release the body. Coroner investigations may take some time, which could delay the release of the body and delay a possible funeral. These delays could be up to a few weeks. The funeral director will be in contact with you frequently providing updates.

What to documents do I bring to a funeral arrangement?

It’s not necessary to bring any documents with you. However, some information about the deceased is required such as:

  • Mother’s first, middle and maiden names and occupation
  • Father’s first, middle and last names and occupation
  • Previous and current marriage details (age, place and name of spouse)

Birth and marriage certificates can be helpful in providing information.

Should I be buried or cremated?

Burial plots, grave digging and headstones make burials quite expensive but are more traditional. Cremations are significantly cheaper, once cremated the ashes are able to be placed or scattered anywhere.

Can I pre arrange my funeral?

Yes. You can contact us to make an appointment to pre arrange a funeral. This takes the burden off from your family when the time comes. Once arranged you no longer have to worry and have peace of mind over your funeral. We don’t generally like to accept prepayment of a funeral and advise you contact SurePlan. They offer great funeral bonds and prepayments for a funeral.

Are there any appointment or consultation fees?

No, we don’t charge for any appointments or pre arrangements.

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