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?
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?
The Life Tribute (Eulogy) is a speech given at a memorial or funeral service to celebrate the life of a loved one. It can be delivered by a family member, a family friend, a colleague or associate, by someone else or by the celebrant. We always recommend that it is delivered by a member of … More How do I write a Eulogy?
Our brain is an imaginative and powerful thing. When it is left to its own devices, it runs off and creates these wild and outrageous scenarios and creates an idea based on things we have seen or heard. Television is a prime contributor to imaginative ideas when it comes to mortuaries and what happens behind … More What is a Mortuary and what goes on there?
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?
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?
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?
When someone dies at home, it can be a confronting, confusing and stressful time for all those involved. There are some important issues that you need to take into account and that will help you make the right decisions on who to call and when. Generally, there are two issues to consider and that will … More When Someone Dies at Home
We often talk to families about how their loved ones lived their lives. Were they a regular church goer? Did they have a strong belief system based on a particular faith? Would they want a service officiated by a Celebrant or a member of the Clergy? There are some key differences to a funeral that … More Choosing a Celebrant or Clergy