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9 June 2021

The Dos and Don’ts of Planning Services at Funeral Homes

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The Dos and Don’ts of Planning Services at Funeral Homes Planning a funeral at a local funeral home can be a difficult task for families and with so many funeral directors out there, deciding on which funeral director to work with, can be equally as daunting.  It is normal to
9 June 2021

What You Need to Know When Planning a Funeral

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What You Need to Know When Planning a Funeral Planning a Funeral can be a daunting task for families when they are trying to deal with the loss of a loved one and experience the range of emotions that come following a death.  Often, family dynamics and relationships play a
27 April 2021

Why Location Really Matters When Choosing Funeral Homes

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When you are deciding on which funeral home to work with when making funeral arrangements for your loved one, there are many different things that you should consider the ensure that you are engaging with the right funeral home for you and your family. Some initial things to consider are:
27 April 2021

What If Your Family Disagrees With Your Decision to Be Cremated?

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When it comes time to decide on your final wishes and how you want your life celebration to be conducted, the choice between Cremation and Burial will most likely be one that you will need to make. There are pros and cons to each and for each of us it
26 November 2020

Top 10 Funeral Songs of 2020

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Music is such a personal thing when it comes to funerals, yet it is one of the toughest decisions to make for some of us. Finding that perfect song that captures all the things that make our loved ones special is a tough gig, but also such a special way
11 November 2020

Commemorating Remembrance Day

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Commemorating Remembrance Day 2020 At 11 am, on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the
4 November 2020

Our New Normal With COVID-19

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COVID-19 And Our New Normal New COVID Normal 2020 has been a year. There is no doubt that for all of us, our normal has changed. The way we interact with each other, our focus on our own health and wellbeing, and how we connect, has all changed. A new
24 June 2020

Why We Pre-Planned Our Funeral

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Deciding to pre-plan or pre-pay for your funeral can seem a little strange, but for Jean and Mike, it was something they had always thought about since retiring.  Jean and Mike were proud Grey Nomads, exploring the wide-open spaces of Australia and regularly taking off on adventures and discovering unique
6 April 2020

How To Have A Meaningful Funeral During COVID-19

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As the world experiences the challenges associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, adjustments and changes to the way that we send off and celebrate our Loved Ones are necessary to assist in preventing the further spread of the virus.  Protecting our most vulnerable and ensuring the safety of our communities is
5 January 2020

Be Brave

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You Don’t Have To Be Strong A common piece of advice we are given when someone we love dies, is “Be Strong.” Whilst the people giving us this advice have all the best intentions in the world, the idea of being strong can have a negative impact on our grief
29 December 2019

What Does A Funeral Director Do And Why Do I Need One?

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When someone passes away you might contemplate not speaking with a Funeral Director and doing everything yourself. What does a Funeral Director do anyway that anyone else couldn’t do themselves? It can’t be that hard. WRONG! There is a lot more than just booking a church and arriving on the
22 December 2019

I Feel So Overwhelmed With Grief At Christmas, What Can I Do?

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Christmas is one of the most difficult times of the year for those of us who have lost a Loved One. What is supposed to be a time of family, love, laughter and happiness, can sometimes be a reminder of those that we are missing. For some of us, our
15 December 2019

What Makes A Family Funeral Home Different To A Big Name Funeral Company?

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When you are looking at planning your funeral or the funeral of a loved one, would you pick a family owned or corporate owned Funeral Home? What’s the difference? Is there a difference? To someone who isn’t looking very hard there may not seem like there is any difference at
8 December 2019

Can I Have Mum’s Pet Dog At Her Funeral?

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One of the most common questions we get asked when we are arranging a funeral, is if someone can bring their dog, cat or other pet with them to the service. And the answer is a resounding YES! Well, most of the time anyway. Generally speaking, most crematoriums and cemeteries
1 December 2019

What Is It Like To Be A Funeral Director?

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I can’t call being a funeral director a job, it’s a way of life. I don’t think that there are many who could be a funeral director, it really takes a special kind of person. How Does Being A Funeral Director Affect My Life? It’s not just the hours, which
24 November 2019

I Lost A Loved One To Suicide. How Will I Cope?

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The 23rd November 2019 is a significant day for survivors of suicide, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day where survivors of suicide join together for support and healing. Suicide is something that sadly, most of us will experience throughout our lives. Losing someone to Suicide is a difficult
17 November 2019

How many Funeral Directors should I talk to when choosing a Funeral Director?

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Choosing a Funeral Director can be an emotional time. Usually you have just lost someone that you love with emotions are all over the place. Trying to find the right Funeral Director to look after your loved one, help plan a funeral that celebrates their life and reflects their uniqueness
10 November 2019

How Do I Plan A Funeral Without The Family Drama?

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How Do We Navigate The Family Dynamic? Death can bring the best or the worst out in people. I think the situation everyone hopes for is that the family bands together and helps each other with their grief. Most of the time, that’s how it happens. Sometimes though there is
3 November 2019

Privacy and Funeral Arrangements

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Arranging a Funeral can be a tricky process. When you consider your grief, sadness, loss and the overwhelming need that most of us feel to create a beautiful celebration of life, and then you mix that with family dynamic, sometimes strained relationships and conflicting ideas about what makes the best
27 October 2019

What Can I Include In A Funeral That Isn’t The Usual?

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Funerals are changing, from the way that we find a funeral director, engage and arrange a funeral and the way we celebrate a persons life, and I think its for the better! When I think about how funeral services are traditionally done, I feel that they aren’t very personal. Everyone
9 October 2019

Cremation Urns

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6 October 2019

Why I Want To Work In The Funeral Industry

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As Funeral Professionals, we are often giving the opportunity to assist shape the future of our industry. For us, we have had the pleasure of a Work Experience Student spend time with us over the last few months. We asked Claire all about her desire to join our industry and
29 September 2019

The Difference Between Funerals in Australia and the UK

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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.
22 September 2019

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

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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
15 September 2019

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

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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
8 September 2019

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

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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
25 August 2019

Can We Help Prepare Our Loved One For Their Funeral?

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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
18 August 2019

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

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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
11 August 2019

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
28 July 2019

What Happens After A Funeral? How Will I Cope?

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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,
21 July 2019

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

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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
14 July 2019

Why Is Cremation Cheaper Than Burial?

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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,
7 July 2019

Meaningful Departures

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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
23 June 2019

How Does Crowdfunding Work For A Funeral?

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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
16 June 2019

Is Embalming Necessary?

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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
9 June 2019

Do I Have To Get Permission To Scatter Ashes?

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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
2 June 2019

Can I Have A Burial At Sea?

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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
26 May 2019

Why Do Funerals Director’s Bow At A Coffin?

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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,
19 May 2019

How Do I Become A Funeral Director?

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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
12 May 2019

Can I Arrange Donation’s to a Charity Instead of Flower’s?

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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
5 May 2019

Are My Children Too Young To Attend A Funeral?

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How Young Is Too Young? 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
28 April 2019

What is a Poppy Service and who can have one?

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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
21 April 2019

Why are Funeral’s Important?

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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
14 April 2019

Having the Talk

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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
7 April 2019

Eco Friendly Funerals

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Is There Such  Thing As An ECO Friendly Funeral? 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
24 March 2019

What if I can’t afford a Funeral?

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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.
17 March 2019

Coffin or Casket?

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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
10 March 2019

What is the correct Funeral Etiquette?

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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
3 March 2019

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

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How Do We Decide on a Viewing or Not? 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%
24 February 2019

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

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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.
17 February 2019

How do I write a Eulogy?

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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
10 February 2019

What is a Mortuary and what goes on there?

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What is a Mortuary? 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
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