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Hon. Larry Anthony, MP Minister for Community Services

24 June 2001


The Centrelink book What To Do When Someone Dies is about to go into a third reprint.

Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony said today almost half a million copies are already in use with the demand growing.

What To Do When Someone Dies is a complete guide to coping with the numerous practical decisions that need to be made when a loved one passes away.

Mr Anthony said the booklet outlines the processes associated with death certificates, funeral arrangements and various insurance issues.

"This is a very worthwhile publication and is proving to be an extremely valuable public asset in times of extreme stress.

"Grieving is a natural part of losing someone close to you and adjusting to new circumstances may take time.

"A key function of this booklet is to provide advice and contact numbers for a wide range of counsellors, support services and other groups to allowing grieving people to easily access support."

Mr Anthony said the booklet also provides advice on how to make a will, powers of attorney and funeral options including prepaid and funeral bonds.

What To Do When Somebody Dies is available from Centrelink offices.

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