When people think about embalming, usually they are taken back to Ancient Egyptian civilisations and the process of mummification that we learn about throughout our secondary schooling. Whilst the ancient Egyptians were certainly masters of the art of embalming and body preservation, the practice itself dates back to as far as 5000-6000BC to the civilisations … More Is Embalming Necessary?
How to memorialise someone we love and care about after they pass away can sometimes be a tricky thing. There are lots of emotions when someone passes away and it understandable that trying to do the “right” thing is not only an important decision but also one that can weigh heavily on the mind. It … More Do I Have To Get Permission To Scatter Ashes?
For many of us, our lives in one way or another, include a large portion beside the ocean. It has to be one of the most wonderful things about living in Queensland, the best beaches in the world are right on our doorstep. Whether it be fishing, surfing, swimming, or some other type of water … More Can I Have A Burial At Sea?
I think everyone who has ever been to a funeral has seen the Funeral Director and Funeral Assistants bow at the coffin. Before I began working in the Funeral Industry, I never really thought much about why they did it. It was just something that happened and I accepted that, as I am sure many … More Why Do Funerals Director’s Bow At A Coffin?
I’m often asked by people “How Do I Become A Funeral Director” so I thought that I would take a minute to give a proper answer for all of you out there who are interested in a Funeral Career. Being a Funeral Professional is unlike anything else. It’s one of those things where people have … More How Do I Become A Funeral Director?
At a funeral its quite common for mourners to bring flowers, it is a visual representation of sympathy, grief, respect and love. The practice of bringing flowers started as a way to cover up the smell of decomposition, and also as a way of silently expressing emotion. Even though mortuary techniques are much improved and … More Can I Arrange Donation’s to a Charity Instead of Flower’s?
This is a question that we are often asked and many parents ask themselves when the time comes to attend a funeral, and I personally don’t think there is any right or wrong answer. If I think back to every funeral, I’ve ever attended I can’t remember one where there were no children present. I … More Are My Children Too Young To Attend A Funeral?
With ANZAC Day and the commemoration of 100 years of ANZAC this year, I thought it was a good idea to talk a bit about how we commemorate the life of our Veterans, specifically about a Poppy Service. Before you settle in to read about Poppy Services, why not take a minute to watch our … More What is a Poppy Service and who can have one?
Almost everyone has an opinion on why a funeral service is an important part of saying goodbye to someone who has passed away. For centuries, cultures from all over the world have used some form of funeral service to mark the death of a loved one and to honour their life, their memory and their … More Why are Funeral’s Important?
Have you had THE TALK with your family? Not the birds and the bees, but the other flying kind – where you grow your own angel wings. You know, where you discuss your own demise with those you spend your life loving and supporting. For many, this discussion is much harder than any other they … More Having the Talk
In this day and age we are becoming more environmentally conscious. Being eco-friendly is a choice more people are making. Recycling, electric cars, the fibres we pick for our clothing, the food we consume and where it comes from; people are being more conscious of their carbon footprint and the effect we are having on … More Eco Friendly Funerals
Planning a funeral can be a stressful time, for most of us we are so caught up dealing with our grief, replaying times that we wished we hand handled differently or facing our own mortality, that adding discussion about funeral costs into the mix can be nothing short of overwhelming. It is something that not … More What if I can’t afford a Funeral?
Casket or coffin? Traditional or something else? I’m not sure that’s a question a lot of people think about. It is something that I, as a pre-needs funeral consultant, think about. Its not that I have some macabre view on the world, but there are so many different styles, colours and options! Every funeral is … More Coffin or Casket?
It seems that the days of folks arriving to a funeral in their Sunday best, has well and truly gone, with most people, especially up here in Queensland’s scorching weather, has opted for a more casual approach to funeral attire. And rightly so! Long ago, people would dress up in their Sunday best as a … More What is the correct Funeral Etiquette?
There are many kinds of death. Some deaths are peaceful, some are confronting, some are tragic and like we have spoken about in the past, our brain is a powerful generator of images and ideas that may not always be 100% real. When we lose someone, we have these ideas of how they will look … More Should we have a viewing with our loved one, or remember them as they were?