When someone has passed on, there are a number of things that need to happen in order to FileALife and provide a respectful send-off.

The Price We Pay

Of the many complaints levelled at the Australian Funeral Industry over the last 20 years or so, by far the largest from consumers and community groups have concerned the rising cost of funerals and how they are paid for. The Cost of Funerals Investigations by a number of organisations including the University of Wollongong (2017),… Read more »

Leaving Your Body to Science: The Ultimate Gift

Have you ever considered leaving your body to science?  It’s something people often joke about.  But can you?  How do you do it?  Who would want it?  What happens if you do? Donating your body (or cadaver as it is medically known) to scientific research and experimentation after death can be a viable option if… Read more »

Please Bring Flowers

It’s Saturday morning. I am curled up on my lounge in my PJ’s perusing my local paper.  A fresh breeze from the balcony is keeping me cool.  I’ve flipped through the local news, quickly glanced at a few ads and have now reached the classified section, more specifically the death notices: an ideal place to… Read more »

A Pet Legacy for Peace of Mind

It has become increasingly acknowledged that there are enormous benefits to pet ownership, especially for the elderly or those living on their own. Pets help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase physical activity and social interaction. However, pet ownership also comes with a myriad of responsibilities and as an elderly owner’s health and their… Read more »

The fundamental shift in mourning and funeral customs

The twentieth century has seen some changes with the way we deal with funerals and how we grieve, why is this so? The fundamental shift in mourning and funeral customs during the twentieth century was influenced by a combination of factors. These included:- advances in medical science; the evolution of the study of psychology; the… Read more »