MURDERED Broadwater man Edward 'Ned' Kelly's family is relieved that 28 days after he was found beheaded, police have given permission for his body to be released.
After nearly a month of uncertainty, Mr Kelly's niece Tanya told the Northern Star yesterday the family was relieved to be finally getting "Uncle Ned" back, despite his skull still being missing.
"The police have allowed Uncle Ned's body to be released to the funeral director so he can be cremated," she said.
"At least we will be able to have some closure now that we can finally have him back."
The family has engaged Sydney-based funeral directors Greentree and Sons to collect Mr Kelly's body from the morgue at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.
Tanya said police told her mother, Mr Kelly's elder sister Margaret, if the family had wanted to bury the body it could have been released sooner.
"We could have buried him last week," she said.
"(Burying meant) they could always exhume him.
"The police (also) talked about keeping part of uncle Ned's body to match up the DNA, but I'm not sure if they have done that."
Tanya said the family was still struggling to come to terms with the loss.
"It feels really good to have Uncle Ned back, but it still feels like a dream - like a bad movie you have just watched," she said.
"I still sit down on the lounge at Ned's and wait for him to come and sit next to me."
Jonathon Stenberg, 46, has been charged with Mr Kelly's murder and is due to face court again in September.
Ned Kelly's Funeral will be held on Friday, July 27, at 11am at Goonellabah's Parkview Crematorium.
A wake will be held at the Broadwater Bowling Club following the funeral.
Donations to the Help Ned Fund which will help pay for his funeral and be given to charities including the RSPCA and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can be made at any Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-519, account 10209846.