Having the Talk

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

Coffin or Casket?

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?

Should we have a viewing with our loved one, or remember them as they were?

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?

Someone asked me to speak at a funeral, but I am worried I will break down. What should I do?

If we are totally honest with ourselves, tears at a funeral are pretty much inevitable.  It’s a time that we come together to say farewell to someone who has meant a great deal to us, someone who has fundamentally changed who we are just by being part of our lives. Tears aren’t only completely normal, … More Someone asked me to speak at a funeral, but I am worried I will break down. What should I do?

What is the difference between Funeral Insurance, a Funeral Bond and a Pre-Paid Funeral?

When it comes to jargon, funeral directors can sometimes sound like they are speaking a language all of their own.  We have words like Pall, Catafalque, Interring, Columbarium and other terms that seem to be as foreign as they sound.  It can be difficult to understand exactly what is being talked about, especially when it … More What is the difference between Funeral Insurance, a Funeral Bond and a Pre-Paid Funeral?

Does a funeral have to be in a church or chapel?

When it comes time to plan a funeral, most people assume that you have limited options of where the funeral service should be, or could be held.  Usually the first things that we think of are a Funeral Chapel, a Church, or a Graveside service.  However as the funeral industry modernises and become more focussed … More Does a funeral have to be in a church or chapel?

How are people transported once they pass away?

A Common question that people often want to know, is “How are our loved ones transported after they pass away?” In Queensland there is no real set standard or regulation on how a person can be transported after death.  Each funeral company has their own fleet of vehicles that they utilise for this purpose and … More How are people transported once they pass away?