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Before You Go provides the information you need to plan for and manage death in Cairns and Far North Queensland. You will find practical, honest and straight-forward details. No waffle.
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The final goodbye of your choosing

You can go your own way

So much about death is made to look like legal requirements but in fact there are not many laws and more options that you might expect. Learn more about caring for and honouring the deceased below.

Transporting a body

Learn about the options for moving a deceased body, legal restrictions, and tips for preserving the body during transport.

Having a funeral

Create a unique and personal farewell. Discover the limitless possibilities of funeral arrangements.

Burial

Explore the laws, policies and options for burials including information about purchasing or making a coffin.

Cremation

Discover the process and options for cremation, including what you can do with the cremated remains or "ashes".

Taken you by surprise? You're not alone

Articles & Stories

 Often it is a sudden event when someone dies and you’ve never thought about the practical elements involved. Find out how others have come to terms with death and the arrangements they have made for farewelling a loved one.

Voluntary Assisted Dying in Queensland

Voluntary Assisted Dying in Queensland

Voluntary Assisted Dying became available for eligible Queenslanders in January 2023. Eligible people can ask for medical support to end their own lives. You must be an adult-resident…

Deciding on what level of Mortuary Care

Deciding on what level of Mortuary Care

Mortuary Care is the term in the funeral industry for the treatments that morticians do to bodies to prepare them for viewings, cremations, burials or transportation. The most…

Buying a Gravesite in Cairns

Buying a Gravesite in Cairns

You can purchase a gravesite (also known as a plot) at a Cairns Regional Council cemetery for $995. You can fill in an application form here and pay…

Nada’s mum’s story

Nada’s mum’s story

After my mother was certified dead by the hospital Registrar, I simply informed the nursing staff that I wished to take my mother home. They did not seem…

The evolution of death rituals in Australia since British occupation

The evolution of death rituals in Australia since British occupation

In 1787, at the time of the First Fleet sailing to Australia, London was considered one of the great cities of the world, but it also had some…

Bringing my ex-partner home

Bringing my ex-partner home

In the mortuary of a funeral home in the Blue Mountains, a 95-kilogram body lay in a body bag, on the floor. Six figures crouched around it, determined.…

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