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 »

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 daughters eulogy

I clutched the bundle of handwritten notes tightly in my hands.  For the last half-an-hour people had been streaming in but now the chapel was quiet and all eyes were focused on the Celebrant welcoming everyone to the Funeral and Celebration of Life of my much-loved, recently departed father. It’s curious that, apart from weddings,… Read more »

How to Write an (Awesome) Eulogy

You are staring at a blank sheet of paper or a word document on your laptop. Your loved one has just died unexpectedly and you haven’t been able to fully process the events of the last few days.  So much to organise and here you are now, trying to write an awesome eulogy because they… 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 »