Tag: Funerals & Farewells

The Coffin Confessor: Unveiling your secrets from beyond the grave

Have you got a secret or departing words you want to share with family or friends, but don’t have the courage to disclose while you are alive? For some, conversations […]

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Sustainable Funerals: What the options are and what you can expect

Sustainable funerals are on the rise, with Australians becoming increasingly conscious of the impact a traditional burial or cremation has on the environment. Tradition says that when we die, we […]

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Families who chose to 'pull the plug' for the end of life: Sveti's story

In March 2022, Sveti Williams was faced with one of the most challenging decisions she’d ever had to make – to ‘pull the plug’ on her gravely ill ex-husband and […]

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Planning for end of life: What you should consider

Thoughts around end-of-life planning are something we may not consider every day, but for some people, this is the stark reality facing them. Being told you have a life-threatening illness […]

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Checklist for planning a funeral

When arranging a funeral, there are numerous things to consider from emotional, logistical and legal perspectives. Unfortunately, many of these decisions will often need to be made quickly. This can […]

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Tips for Managing Mother’s Day Grief

After starting out in 1907 as a small West Virginian church service organised by Anna Jarvis to honour the life of her dead mother Anne Reeves, Mother’s Day is now […]

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Selecting Funeral Music

What To Consider When Selecting Funeral Music For many, music is an essential and powerful element of a funeral service. It is a language of emotion and can often represent […]

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Supporting Australia’s service personnel and their families on ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance, and an important occasion when we mark the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in WWI. For our […]

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Catholic Funeral Traditions: What To Expect

Of all the Christian denominations in Australia, one of the oldest and largest is the Catholic Church, making up around 23% of Australia’s population. Whether you are Catholic or not, […]

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How You Can Communicate Through Colour At Funerals

Colour is very personal, and while we all know that black is traditionally the dominant colour at funerals, there are today more options for use of colour than many people […]

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Selecting a venue for a funeral: what to consider

Arranging a funeral can be a daunting experience, and it’s not something we tend to do on a regular basis. One of the key decisions to make is where the […]

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The Benefits of Singing and Instrumental Music at Funerals

Many things to many people. We know that music is now used as therapy. And it’s no accident that music can speak to all present at a funeral, regardless of […]

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A Power of Attorney and the Threat of Elder Abuse

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a legal document that appoints someone to manage either your personal and/or financial affairs. The person you appoint is called an attorney. You are known as the principal.   A financial attorney […]

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What To Wear To A Funeral

Knowing what to wear to a funeral can be tricky. Whether it is for a casual or formal service, finding the appropriate attire can be challenging. Beyond thinking about the temperature, people need to also consider the […]

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Selecting Funeral Music

What To Consider When Selecting Funeral Music For many, music is an essential and powerful element of a funeral service. It is a language of emotion and can often represent […]

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Greek Funeral Traditions: What to Expect

To many, Greece is a country associated with monumental history, art, politics, civilisation, and theology. From the Olympics to the domes of Santorini, Greek culture is rich and well respected, […]

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Pre-planned and pre-paid funerals: A Real World Story

While living well is an ideal we’re all familiar with, dying well can seem like a strange concept to many. We often let our superstitions and fears about dying, and […]

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A Guide to Writing a Eulogy

Remembering the deceased with heartfelt words A eulogy is a speech or presentation given at a funeral or memorial service. It celebrates and pays tribute to the life of the deceased, and […]

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Wills and Estates: Steps and Considerations

Proper estate planning is one of the most important ways we can help our loved ones navigate a very difficult time. The 11th century philosopher Solomon ibn Gabriol said “Plan […]

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How the funeral industry is meeting families’ needs during COVID

COVID-19 sent shockwaves through the community and saw life as we know it change.  We faced a slew of restrictions and numerous lockdowns as governments assessed the best ways to […]

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Funeral traditions of different religions

To help you understand different types of religious requirements, following are some brief descriptions of the most common funeral rites and customs. Religious requirements Many funeral services are religious in […]

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Funeral Traditions From Around the World

When looking at the topic of death and rituals through a global lens, cultures and traditions around the world can differ from the popular westernised funeral traditions you see on […]

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Careers to consider: Could you be a funeral director?

Meet Richard Gosling, an everyday salaryman behind a desk, an advisor for Australian railways, a volunteer university lecturer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Richard wore many hats throughout his adult […]

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Funeral FAQ: What happens at a funeral arrangement meeting?

For many people, the prospect of arranging a funeral after losing a loved one can feel complex and confusing – which is where funeral directors come in.    Their job is to guide you through […]

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What are Pre-Planned and Pre-Paid funerals? 

Knowing your options to make empowered choices.   The thought of planning your funeral can be sad for some, but the key thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be. Doing […]

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Why do Funerals Matter?

Funerals are rituals observed across many countries and cultures. They are a public, traditional and symbolic means of expressing our thoughts and feelings about the death of someone important to us. Funerals help us […]

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Personalising Funeral Flowers

Fragrant florals: What do different funeral flowers mean? Unsure about what flowers to send to a funeral? If so, you’re not alone.  There are so many choices, particularly due to […]

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Dying to Know: Make this August the month for an important conversation

End of life, it’s something that happens to everyone – it’s part of life. Yet did you know that 82 per cent of Australian’s agree it’s a meaningful conversation, though […]

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