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9 March 2022

Process of a Traditional Burial

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In Australia, a traditional burial is usually preceded by a funeral service at a chapel, church or other venue, followed generally by a short intimate gathering by the graveside. A few words are said, some music is played, and the coffin is laid to rest in the ground. Often just
10 January 2022

What are the different types of funerals in Australia?

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The final funeral farewell you choose for yourself or your loved one has as much to do with personality as it has to do with factors like religious beliefs, culture, location and cost. Although there are several more common approaches to funerals in Australia, a good funeral director will be
16 December 2021

5 Eco-friendly ways to dispose of a dead body

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If you live an eco-friendly life, chances are you might be considering an environmentally-friendly death. Fortunately, in Australia, there are several options to deal with human remains that are both kind to the planet and readily accessible. Both burial and cremation have pros and cons but both are considered fairly
15 December 2021

5 Things to consider when choosing funeral flower arrangements

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Funeral floral arrangements can make a big difference to the feeling or ambience at a funeral and there are several things to consider when deciding the types of flowers and the styles of floral arrangements to order for a funeral. Flowers can be chosen by style – formal, relaxed, wildflowers,
8 December 2021

How to choose the right funeral director

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Choosing a funeral director to use is a decision often made in a time of stress when grief may cloud your judgement. It’s not uncommon to feel a pressure to get every detail of the service and burial or cremation perfect as a final obligation to the family member you
4 December 2021

All you need to know about the funeral procession

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The funeral procession is the name given to the line of cars that mourners drive, usually on the way from the church or chapel to the cemetery. The idea behind a funeral procession is two-fold. The body needs to be moved to the burial site or crematorium, but also, the
30 November 2021

The do’s and dont’s of funeral etiquette

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Attending a funeral may bring mixed emotions and uncertainty, especially if you are not in the direct family circle of the person who has died. Here are a few ideas to help you navigate your way through the minefield of emotions and hopefully answer any questions you may have on
23 November 2021

Eight ways to honor the anniversary of your loved one’s death

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The anniversary of a loved one’s death can be a very emotional period, as the passing of time and the rolling on of the lives around you brings feeling of loss into sharp focus. But the passing of time is inevitable, and even as the years pass, enduring the anniversary
17 November 2021

Ultimate List of The Best Modern Funeral Songs

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If you are planning your own funeral, choosing a funeral song can be the ultimate way to leave mourners with a real sense of your personality, humor or sentiment. If you are planning the funeral of a loved one, the funeral song is an import part of the service that
5 November 2021

How to choose the right funeral director

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Choosing a funeral director to use is a decision often made in a time of stress when grief may cloud your judgement. It’s not uncommon to feel a pressure to get every detail of the service and burial or cremation perfect as a final obligation to the family member you
3 November 2021

What Does a Funeral Director Do?

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Understanding exactly how your loved one is cared for and the role of the funeral director in preparations can go a long way to easing any concerns you may have after a friend or relative has died. Depictions of the funeral industry on television may confuse your understanding of the
14 October 2021

How Long Does a Cremation Actually Take From Start to Finish?

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Understanding cremation Before making the choice of cremation over burial, it is natural to want to understand more about the process of cremation, which is gaining in popularity and now accounts for around two-thirds of the funeral services industry. To help you discover more about the cremation process, in this
30 September 2021

5 questions to ask when choosing a funeral home, before working with them

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Making important decisions can be difficult for some people at the best of times, and even more so when a close relative or friend dies. Grief and shock can cloud your judgement and make even the smallest decisions feel impossible and unnecessary. It is completely natural to feel overwhelmed and
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 can be a difficult task for families and with so many funeral directors in Brisbane, deciding on which funeral director to work with, can be equally as daunting.  It is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious when
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 Brisbane 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
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 in Brisbane 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
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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Find the perfect Cremation Urn for you in our stunning range below. Adult Urns165165 products Child and Infant Urns5454 products Cremation Jewellery4747 products Cremation Urns8989 products ECO Friendly Urns6464 products Heart Shaped Urns6666 products Heart Stand55 products Keepsake Cremation Urns117117 products Scattering Urns5454 products Specialty Urns6565 products Tealight Urns3131 products
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 as a Funeral Director 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 Brisbane Funeral Directors are required to adhere to. You would think that, but you would be very wrong. The Funeral Industry is
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?

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