You may be visiting our Cherub Funeral Care page because you need to organise funeral care for your little one. If so, please accept our deepest condolences.
Cherub Funeral Care came into existence because Esther Swanborough the owner of Swanborough Funerals realised that families experiencing infant loss needed very different care from those needing to organise a funeral for an adult loved one.
And so, it is our desire to honour and cherish a life no matter how small. The path of grief is very different when a baby or child dies.
Being faced with planning for the funeral of your child, is something no parent ever wants to face. I imagine, you still in shock and have no idea where to start. We trust that this page will give you the information required to allow you to make an informed decision on the funeral care needed for this cherished life.
Phone 1800 100 411 to speak with Esther or Brian.
Is your little one under 20 weeks gestation?
If you little one is under 20 weeks gestation you are not required to register the death with Births, Deaths and marriages.
We understand that you still want to honour, to remember and to reflect on this precious little life. Cherub Funeral Care provide a number of options for cherishing your little one.
We understand that you still would like a certificate to commemorate your little Cherub and honour their life. This is known as an early pregnancy loss certificate.
You can organise this by visiting the Queensland Government Website below... Early Pregnancy Loss Recognition Certificate
Is your little one over 20 weeks gestation?
If you little one is over 20 weeks gestation you are required to register the death with Births, Deaths and Marriages.
We can assist you with this registration. Speak with your Cherub Funeral Care Consultant to discuss the different funeral options available to you.
Funeral care options
Direct Cremation Care
You may prefer not to hold a funeral service. Cherub Funeral Care transfer your baby into our care, organise the documentation required for cremation, provide a soft covered cherub basket for your little one, lovingly made by volunteers, dress your precious angel in the clothing you provide or items provided by angel gowns and lovingly sewn and knitted by volunteers and organise cremation. You will receive an urn with you baby’s ashes.
Cherub Funeral Care are able to offer this service to you and your family at no charge. Swanborough Funerals do not charge fees, the coffin and clothing is provided by volunteers and Brisbane City Council Crematoriums provide the cremation and urn at no charge.
You are welcome to come into our funeral home at Coopers Plains to spend precious time with your little one at any point during our care.
Please contact one of our Cherub Funeral Care Consultants who will best advise on the different Cemetery Options available and personalise the funeral service of your little one. Swanborough Funerals do not charge service fees. There are however other costs involved. The role of your Funeral Care Consultant is to provide a precious funeral for your little one, explaining the different products and services available to best honour your little Cherub.
Please contact one our of Cherub Funeral Care Consultants who will best advice on the different venue options available and personalise the funeral service for your little one. Swanborough Funerals do not charge service fees. There are however other costs involved. The role of your Funeral Care Consultant is to provide a precious funeral for your little one, explaining the different products and services available to best honour your little Cherub.
- Can I bring my precious little one home for a period before the funeral?
Yes. Speak with your Cherub Funeral Care Consultant to organise this.
- Can I hold my baby?
Yes. Your Cherub Funeral Care Consultant will organise this for you.
- What can I put in the coffin?
You can place anything you would like to go with baby in the coffin
- personal items
- Can I take Photos or video?
Decisions that need to be made
- Cremation or Burial
- Private or Public Service
- Poems, Readings, Music
- What Type of Coffin or Casket. You can view our infant coffins here.
- Symbols of farewell- balloons, butterflies, bubbles, petals, candles
- Guest book
- Memorial Cards
- Symbols of farewell
- Where to hold the service
- Dressing and Viewing
- Organising a wake after the funeral
Creating precious memories
Hand and footprints - the hospital or funeral home can take hand and footprints of baby for you, or you can have sculptures made by Twinkletoes www.twinkletoes.com.au
Photographs - Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers that provide photographic memories to families who babies have passed away. They can be contacted on 1800583768 www.heartfelt.org.au
Organise locks of hair
Keep hospital bracelets, blankets, items of clothing or toy (you may like to have these framed)
Create a memory box to keep these precious items in. The following link is for an adult memory box but it will give you ideas. http://www.swanboroughfunerals.com.au/memory-box/
speak of when you first found out you were pregnant.
Camibear - Bereavement bears & Urns - Cami Bear create beautiful, high quality personalised teddy bear cremation urns. With soft curls and suede paws, they are a lovely alternative to a traditional urn and allow families to hold their precious child in their arms again for a lifetime of cuddles.
Infant Cremation Urns- (please note: a beautiful little keepsake urn is provided for you - use this page if you would like another style of urn)