The Difference Between Funerals in Australia and the UK

Our wonderful Kurt has just returned from spending the last 6 months or so working as a Funeral Director in the United Kingdom.  So we asked him to give us a little insight into what it was like working there in comparison to working in the industry here in Australia.  Here’s what he had to … More The Difference Between Funerals in Australia and the UK

Has Being A Funeral Director Changed The Way You Think About Death And The Afterlife? Part 2

Last week I talked about how working in the Funeral Industry had changed my thoughts on death. To follow on from that this week I thought I would chat about how working in the Funeral Industry had changed my thoughts on the afterlife. Growing up I went to Catholic School for Primary and High School. … More Has Being A Funeral Director Changed The Way You Think About Death And The Afterlife? Part 2

Has Being A Funeral Director Changed The Way You Think About Death And The Afterlife? Part 1

Before I even thought about working in the Funeral Industry I didn’t have much of an outlook on death. It was something I had thought of, very fleetingly, and always pushed to the back of my mind. Out of sight out of mind right? Don’t think about it and you won’t need to worry about … More Has Being A Funeral Director Changed The Way You Think About Death And The Afterlife? Part 1

What Can We Do With The Ashes Once We Get Them Back After The Funeral?

As the number of people opting for Cremation continues to rise, and burials steadily fall, the question is often asked about what to do with a Loved Ones ashes when they are returned to the family. For all of us, finding the most meaningful thing to do with a Loved Ones ashes is a deeply … More What Can We Do With The Ashes Once We Get Them Back After The Funeral?

Can We Help Prepare Our Loved One For Their Funeral?

Up until the last hundred years or so, caring for our loved ones after their death was something that we did ourselves.  Sure, Funeral Directors existed, but their role was more about logistics and the funeral service itself and less about preparing the person (apart from embalming and certain preservation techniques). A family recently reminded … More Can We Help Prepare Our Loved One For Their Funeral?

How Do I Donate My Body To Science Rather Than Having A Funeral?

I have come across many people who wish to be of ongoing benefit to the greater community after they have died. Sometimes their organs are not suitable for transplant, so the other option is donating their body to science. I have also come across many people who screw their face up at the thought of … More How Do I Donate My Body To Science Rather Than Having A Funeral?

How is The Funeral Industry Regulated in Queensland?

You would think that an industry like ours would be heavily regulated in Australia and that there would be a whole range of compliance and regulatory issues that Funeral Directors are required to adhere to. You would think that, but you would be very wrong. The Funeral Industry is a relatively unregulated industry here in … More How is The Funeral Industry Regulated in Queensland?

How Do I Start Conversations About The End Of My Life?

I’ve spoken to many people who have asked about preplanning their funeral. More often than not the reason they give for preplanning is so “my children don’t have to deal with it”. I think preplanning your funeral is really the last gift that you can give your loved ones. When the time comes for you … More How Do I Start Conversations About The End Of My Life?

Is Embalming Necessary?

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?