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
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
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 Be Involved in Preparations? 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 … More Can We Help Prepare Our Loved One For Their 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?
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?
When we lose someone we love, it can seem like life will never get back to normal, and you’re right, life won’t be the same normal that you knew before, but a different kind of normal. Grief is a challenging emotion and it is one that can last a lifetime, and that is not necessarily … More What Happens After A Funeral? How Will I Cope?
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?
Planning a funeral can seem like a daunting task, there are lots of factors to weigh up and it’s an important event for not only the deceased, also their friends and family. After taking into account the deceased’ wishes, family members wishes, religious or cultural traditions, location of the service, it all usually ends up … More Why Is Cremation Cheaper Than Burial?
What Makes A Meaningful Departure? I’m sure most of us can recall times throughout our lives where we’ve been snuggled up with someone we love under a warm and comforting blanket. They are memories of happy times, of intimacy and of being close and connected with someone who we love dearly. So it is only … More Meaningful Departures
Funerals can be expensive, sometimes people just don’t have the funds to pay for one when it is needed unexpectedly. A memorable service which does your loved one justice doesn’t have to cost the earth, sometimes even that seems out of reach. What are the options? A no service no attendance cremation is one of … More How Does Crowdfunding Work For A Funeral?
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?