Need help with the administration of a deceased estate?
Funeral Guide provides information on estates and Estates FAQ. We also have attorney's listed in Funeral Guide's directory for legal advice. Any other queries about estates are best handled by Masters Offices. They are highly knowlegable in the field of estates as every estate goes through their offices and the handling of your queries is funded by the government.
Repatriation of the deceased to and from foreign countries:
Repatriation of human remains to foreign countries is handled by almost all funeral directors. It is a costly exercise involving compulsory embalming of the body and various medical permissions in both countries. If you are bringing someone who has died abroad back to South Africa, and want to save costs by handling certain elements yourself, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs for assistance. Always obtain comparative quotes from funeral directors. Reptariation involves funeral directors on both sides, so there is nothing wrong with obtaining comparative quotes in both countries. Find funeral directors all over South Africa in Funeral Guide's directory. If the deceased was traveling at the time of their death, they may have travel insurance. If they were traveling abroad it is advisable to check with their bank/travel agent before proceeding.
Need to talk to someone, or find a support group to help cope with the loss of a loved one?
Find the Compassionate Friends on Funeral Guide's Useful Links page. If you need a friend who will understand, call the Compassionate Friends on (011) 440-6322 Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. An after-hour number will be made available if you need someone to talk to after hours.
Funeral Guide's directory has those products listed, but none in your area?
Want to promote your products/services/courses/events on Funeral Guide?
Please refer to our list with us pages to see how much listings cost and how to list your business. If you would like to make use of our FREE facilities, all are welcome to post their products / services / specials / second hand equipment / courses / events, etc to Funeral Guide's Facebook page with photo's, video clips or links to your own website. Funeral Businesses big and small are also welcome to comment on Funeral Guide's blog leaving a trail of links to your businesses. Creating links back to your own website in this way is excellent for your google ranking, its a good opportunity to increase awareness about your business and enable a fairly well targeted audience to find you.
If you are not a member of the Funeral Guide's directory and would still like to post your own blog on Funeral Guide's blog, you are welcome to submit a blog about your business/products/courses/books or events (without pictures) via the contact us page for our approval. If we find it relevant, interesting and newsworthy we will get pictures from you (if there are any) and post it as a guest blog with your own contact details and links wherever relevant - free of charge. If we don't find it entertaining, interesing, relevant and well written we will not post it.
Need help starting a funeral business?
Trimo has a three day funeral director training course held at their workshops in Durban and Cape Town. If you cannot get there, they also offer a funeral director correspondence course, where they supply you with the same three manuals and offer you 6 months of telephone mentorship during office hours Monday to Saturday.
Serving an apprenticeship in a funeral business is currently the best way we know of to learn the ropes, build up supplier contacts and get ready to open your own business. It is often preferable to do your apprenticeship in an area away from where you intend to operate so that you don't go into direct competition with the people who trained you.
Please contact the National Funeral Directors Association - (an association of funeral directors) if you have further questions about starting a funeral business. Tel: 011 825 4044 Cell: 079 825 2032 or e-mail: