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Changes to the Australian Aged Pension in 2018

Changes to the Australian Aged Pension in 2018

Retirement is a time to spend relaxing with lifelong friends and extended family. However before you can enjoy this period you need to navigate complex (and ever changing!) rules and regulations surrounding the...

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6 questions to ask a grieving friend

Everyone processes grief differently. When you have varying personality types and circumstances, it can make it extremely difficult to know what to say to a grieving friend.

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How to approach end of life planning when your family live abroad

Our increasingly global society has made the world feel much smaller. We're becoming incredibly mobile and in many industries it’s easier than ever to move between cities or countries for an exciting job.

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How does cremation work?

Burial in a cemetery isn’t for everyone. Whether for environmental reasons, personal beliefs, or the wish for a special final resting place, cremation is a popular passing preference chosen by more than half of...

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Which religion is most associated with cremation?

For people of faith, honouring religious beliefs is as important in death as it is in life. Respecting the cultural traditions and religious convictions of the deceased lies at the heart of many funeral services,...

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Alternative Funeral Music For Your Loved One's Service

Music is something that transcends culture, age, language and just about any other barrier in modern society. It brings us all back to a place where we connect to each other - as people. Music is something that helps...

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Signing away dignity: GP obligations and the business of death

The first time it happened I couldn’t believe it. I was watching a GP hand a grieving family their loved one’s death certificate…in a carpark. Instead of visiting them at their home — instead of showing respect for...

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How To Break The Ice And Talk About Prepaid Funerals With Your Folks.

Funerals and death have always been taboo conversation topics, with the stigma that even thinking about or talking about death and dying can bring about bad luck or energy. With this in mind, we’ve looked at how you...

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What Are The Changes To The Australian Aged Pension in 2017?

Retirement is often seen as a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your hard work over many years past; a time to reconnect and spend time with friends and family. When preparing for this milestone, one important...

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7 Ways To Personalise A Funeral Service

When someone passes we often reflect on the wonderful traits that made them the person they are. These are the things we want family, friends and the community to have a lasting memory of when it comes to a funeral...

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A Guide To Seasonal Funeral Flowers

During the difficult aftermath of losing a loved one, flowers are a uniquely beautiful way of expressing our sympathies, love and loss. As symbols of our feelings and memories, they’re an important part of funeral...

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The 5 Reasons I Became A Funeral Director

It might strike some people as odd that someone would choose to be a funeral director. It’s not your standard career path, where you sit your exams at high school and head off to become a mortician, or a funeral...

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How to choose a personalised funeral poem for your loved one

A funeral poem is a common part of most funeral services, especially the older generations of Australians. With many having served in the military and living through a dynamic history of Australian playwrights,...

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What families take away from a personalised funeral service

It's commonly said that funerals are not only for the dead but also the living; especially the family and close friends of the deceased. Just as every person is different, each funeral may be a one-of-a-kind...

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How To Make New Friends As An Adult

As children, we were constantly finding ourselves in situations where we’d meet new peers, without making any effort at all. We'd make friends at school, on the bus, at birthday parties and even the local swimming...

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Celebrity Deaths In 2016 - Those We've Lost Too Soon

Though it’s only April, the world has already lost so much. We’re sorrowful for the tragedies that have already occurred and we mourn the loss of these famous faces who have died in 2016. For those of us who’ve...

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Can You Organise A Funeral Yourself?

For many, a trusted funeral director is the first port of call when going through the difficult process of caring for and saying farewell to a loved one. However, more and more, people are choosing do it yourself ...

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Building Your Funeral Playlist

From the time we first connect with music, it becomes a part of us. Many people have a wrap sheet of the songs that influence their moods, and remind them of some of the best moments in their lives. Many of us also...

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What You Might Not Be Aware Of When Planning A Funeral

Understandably many people are unaware of the planning that goes into a funeral. It can be upsetting, overwhelming and something you would rather leave to a professional funeral planner.

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Choosing A Non Traditional Funeral Venue In Sydney

When we lose someone we love, it doesn’t seem right to give them a farewell that isn’t perfectly personalised to them. There should be no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ funeral - as there are no two people that...

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How Long Do I Have To Make Funeral Arrangements?

Do you need to make funeral arrangements but don’t know where to start? If you’re feeling unsure about what’s meant to happen (and when), you’re not alone. Losing a loved one is a challenge for anyone, and it’s...

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What You Need To Know About The Australian Aged Pension

With the long years of hard work behind you, retirement can be an exciting time. One of the challenges of this milestone is the difficulties of navigating the aged pension. Australia has a complex pension and...

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How to Write The Perfect Condolence Message

Writing the perfect condolence message can be a challenging task. Sometimes we feel like what we’re trying to say and what we really mean aren’t coming out properly, sometimes we’re simply lost for words. The...

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Your Annual Life Admin Checklist

Most of us see the New Year as a time to make resolutions, whether it be it quitting sugar, exercising more or taking the next step in our career. However, to have the best possible chance at achieving those goals,...

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5 Tips On Setting New Year's Resolutions In 2016

When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, we all start out with good intentions. But more often than not, our goals don’t last the distance. How many of us have found ourselves starting a new year with gusto...

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5 ways to remember a loved one at Christmas

Christmas is a time of family, love and sharing special moments - and it’s precisely at this time of year when we tend to really feel the loss of our loved ones. Whether it’s that empty spot at the table or a family...

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The top 10 best funeral music choices

Music plays a vital role in funeral services, giving friends and family of the deceased an element that they can share and relate to during the ceremony. The music you select to play is a very personal choice and can...

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Accounts You'll Need To Update When Your Partner Dies

It can be impossible to keep a clear head when a loved one passes. If your partner dies, it can be even more difficult to cope with. After the initial shock, there are funeral plans to take care of and preparations...

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How To Compare Prepaid Funeral Plans — Questions To Ask Your Provider

Arranging a funeral can be traumatic for those left behind when a loved one passes. Amidst the grief, family members are often left to cover the costs ― which can range anywhere from $4000 to $15,000. There’s funeral...

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Scattering Cremated Remains Abroad - What You Need To Know

Mundivagant

Pronunciation: mun - div - a - gant  (adjective) Meaning: "That roams around the world."

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How To CELEBRATE A Life

If you knew you were throwing a final party, the biggest party ever hosted to celebrate you, how would you choose to do that? Have you considered what you might wear, who you might invite? Where it might be, the kind...

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Australian Life Landscape

Australia is the "lucky country" in more ways than one!

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Helping Children Understand Death Through Movies

Helping children understand death can feel like an intimidating task. Wanting to explain the circumstances and finality of the situation and answer their naturally curious questions can feel enormous. Especially if...

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Personalised Memorial Location Ideas

Recently I attended the personalised memorial of a dear family member on my Husbands side, Mr Bruce Malcolm Roberts. "Uncle Bruce" was a fixture in the Five Dock community for 60 years, with heavy involvement in...

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The Cost Of Cremation - Is It The Only Factor To Consider?

Life is different in the 21st century. From the invention of cars, mobile phones and computers, to the evolution of our jobs and lifestyle; - we really are looking at a different world. Over time, the things that we...

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Choosing Flowers For A Funeral Service

Using flowers to celebrate the life of a loved one can be dated back as customary to some of the earliest civilisations. Something beautiful and representative of new life and the grandness of nature is a very...

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Planning A Cremation Memorial

Planning a cremation memorial is much the same as planning a traditional funeral with a casket, though the departed is present in a cremation urn instead of in the flesh. Sometimes your loved one isn’t there at all,...

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Why You Should Organise Your Funeral Ahead Of Time (With Your Partner)

A wise person recently told me why they had decided to organise a funeral for themselves before they had passed away - right down to the most finite detail. This person was in their mid 50’s and in perfect health, so...

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Types Of Cremation Memorials

Celebrating a life that has passed can be very difficult. It can happen slowly over time or in the blink of an eye, but no matter what, it sure feels fast to have to organise cremation memorials. If you are planning...

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How To Choose Music For A Memorial

You’re in a tough seat. You’ve been nominated to organise the memorial ceremony on behalf of a family member, friend or relative, while simultaneously managing your own personal grief. The person who has passed on is...

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How Do I Choose Between Burial And Cremation Services

It’s all so romantic! You are making future plans to buy a house, get married, maybe have a family, go on a holiday ―the world’s your oyster! We’re so busy living, that we rarely take the time to consider the how we...

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Personalising Your Prepaid Funeral Plans

Planning your own funeral is a confronting topic that we would all rather avoid. Dealing with the concept of death, let alone our own can be disconcerting and unnatural. While putting plans in place is certainly...

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School Holiday Activities To Do With Grandchildren

The kids are almost off school and you know what that means — it’s time to come up with some school holiday activities to do with grandchildren. At Lady Anne Funerals many of us are parents or grandparents and we...

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When Is The Right Time To Retire?

Once we reach our sixties and seventies we start to feel like the time is ripe for retirement. After decades of working it’s during these later years that many feel the need to wind down, relax and begin endeavours...

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Planning Your Retirement Financially

When it comes to planning for your retirement financially, the best advice comes from the professionals. From how much superannuation you need, when to plan, how to invest and the importance of planning a prepaid...

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How Does The Federal Budget Affect Your Retirement In 2015

Last week the Federal Government announced its 2015 Budget, with a strong focus on spending rather than saving, the Government aims to stimulate the economy. The ALP plans on using $10 billion to give to families and...

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Activities For Your Retirement

So you’ve done all the hard yakka when it comes to planning your retirement. You have followed the steps in our free Retirement Planning Guide, you’ve consolidated your superannuation, you’ve put a plan in place to...

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Advice For Writing A Will From A Solicitor

When it comes to making arrangements for what will happen after your own passing it can be time consuming, confusing and a subject that frankly, we would rather not consider. Organising a prepaid funeral and writing...

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Planning Your Retirement — Things To Consider

Planning your retirement is probably something you haven’t spent much time considering. Transitioning from paid work to retirement is a big change and for many Aussies you speak to they will probably tell you that...

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Celebrity Deaths — Stars We Lost In 2014

Celebrity deaths may not affect us in our day-to-day lives, but they can still be quite upsetting.  In 2014 we lost some of the brightest minds and most courageous hearts. A collection of comedians, sporting super...

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ANZAC Centenary Services In Ryde

If you're trying to find Anzac Centenary services in Ryde, we've got a few suggestions. This Saturday, April 25 2015, marks 100 years since the Anzacs stormed Gallipoli. It is a solemn day of remembrance and also a...

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A Guide To Wearing Black To A Funeral

In multicultural Australia, we experience a wealth of religious and cultural diversity. It’s important in life and in death to respect the needs of the family and culture of the deceased. When attending a funeral, it...

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Are There Alternatives To Burial And Cremation?

Nobody enjoys thinking about their own funeral or the funeral of another but it is an unfortunate reality for all of us. The inevitability of death means that funerals are something that we should consider at some...

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What To Give Instead Of Flowers At A Funeral

When attending the funeral of a loved one, close friend or in support of another griever, it can be hard to know what the etiquette for bereavement offerings are. With today’s multicultural Australia, we are...

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Scattering Ashes — A Guide From Your Funeral Home

Saying goodbye to your loved ones is never an easy process. Funeral arrangements are not only emotionally overwhelming, but they can also be expensive. More and more families are utilising expert funeral home...

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5 Support Services To Use When Dealing With Grief

In a time of grief, we often turn to family and friends for support. Unfortunately for some, the loss of a life-long partner or last standing family member may leave an individual feeling isolated with no-one to turn...

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5 Ways To Cope With Grief Into The New Year

With the new year already in full swing, many have taken the opportunity for a fresh start and new resolutions. However, it may be difficult for some to carry a positive outlook for the new year whilst mourning a...

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Grieving A Loved One At Christmas

Christmas is meant to be a time filled with Joy and Happiness, however it can also be an extremely testing and challenging time for those who have lost a loved one.

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How To Make A Scrapbook

We all remember our loved ones in different ways - even years after having lost them. For some, their loved ones are celebrated on a yearly basis - perhaps on their birthday or during the festive season. For others...

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When Accidents Happen: Dealing With Unexpected Loss

Just last week news broke that respected and admired Australian actress Nicole Kidman unexpectedly lost her father whilst he was on vacation in Singapore. Whilst it was a tragic event to happen, it can also happen to...

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Submitting An Obituary

Whether you have recently lost a loved one or know someone who has, it’s useful to know what to do when submitting an obituary.

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Knowing Your Rights When Planning Your Prepaid Funeral

Recently some of our competitors have come into the line of fire regarding their pre paid funeral services. We would like to provide some supportive information to ensure you prepare your funeral in advance - to your...

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Announcing Lady Anne Funerals Masquerade Trivia Night

As many of you are probably aware, Lady Anne Funerals is an active supporter of charity organisations in our lovely Ryde community. It should come as no surprise then that we are soon to be hosting a trivia...

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Coping With National Disasters

I am sure you have all heard and seen on the news the mining accident that has recently rocked Turkey. A national tragedy with a death toll currently exceeding 280 people, the nation is in mourning for those already...

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Using Humour During Mourning

Earlier this week a great British comedian that we all know and love passed away. At just 56, Rik Mayall suddenly passed away in his home. It is always regretful to hear of those who have passed away, especially...

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What did you think of Lady Anne Funerals on Compass?

Last Sunday night Lady Anne Funerals was featured on ABC's Compass in their series Faith & Funerals. Did you catch the episode? Tell us what you thought!

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Lady Anne Funerals On Faith & Funerals (Compass)

This Sunday the Lady Anne Funerals team will be featured on ABC's Compass in a five-part series called 'Faith & Funerals'. So I thought this would be a great time to talk about filming an experience we talk so little...

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#MH17: Making Sense Of tragedy

UPDATES:

Aussie passenger details released

The names of Australian passenger details have been released along with the total number of loved ones lost for each state and territory. The total count is approaching 40...

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Helping A Father Grieve: Asking The Internet For Help

We are all very aware of how complicated, never-ending and potentially dangerous the internet can be. But what we can quickly forget is how incredibly amazing and generous the people of the internet community can be....

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5 Tips For Writing A Sympathy Note

At some point we all need to sit down and write a sympathy note. Many of us have probably done so already. To try and make it a little bit easier, I've put together just a few tips that you can use when writing a...

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Bereavement In The Media: SBS Insight

For us, bereavement in the media is something that we would like to see more of because it's an important step towards normalisation. So when SBS Insight aired an episode last week appropriately titled 'The Grand...

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Social Media And Bereavement

Like us, many of you are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (and others!). These networks are great for keeping in touch with family and friends, especially those we don't get to see so often. We also love...

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Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of Loved One

Losing a loved one is difficult. So when you also have to help your children through the loss, it can feel overwhelming.

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Poppy Knitting / Crocheting - A Ryde Community Highlight

From 2014 and right through to 2018, as part of the Ryde Remembers program, a number of projects and events are held as recommended by the Centenary of ANZAC and Commemoration of WW1 Committee. The first calendar...

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When Do I Call A Funeral Home?

In this blog post I thought I would cover a topic that relates to the professional community that we as funeral directors work with. It’s essential that our community and network shares and educate one another on...

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Creative Ways To Pay Tribute To A Loved One

There are many different ways we have found overtime to honour the memory of the deceased. Commonly, we honour them through memorials, engravings and shrines, however there are many wonderful and weird ways people...

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How To Write A Euology: An 8 Step Guide

Preparing a eulogy during the planning of a funeral is one of the hardest things most of us will have to do. It takes a lot of time and with a million other things on our minds, it's not always easy to find a quiet...

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Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is again quickly approaching us (14th February). Every year, couples go to great lengths to show each other just how much they love one another. But it’s not just for couples! Valentine’s Day is also...

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3 Steps To Writing A Eulogy

Losing a loved one is perhaps the toughest experience one can go through. It doesn’t help that planning the funeral services seems to come with a thousand responsibilities, sometimes even including giving the eulogy.

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How To Close Down A Loved Ones Social Media Accounts

Social networks have opened new doors for staying in touch with our family and friends. However, what happens to the collection of photos, posts and videos of our family and friends when our loved ones have passed?...

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Should I Take My Child To A Funeral

The loss of a loved one can be a traumatic time for families, and especially children, as it is a confusing time above anything else. When the loss of a close relative or friend occurs it can be difficult to explain...

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Nostalgia & Happiness [INFOGRAPHIC]

I came across a very interesting infographic the other day. It outlined the topic of how nostalgia equals happiness. I have included a copy of the image for you to take a look at and read for yourself. It certainly...

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New Lady Anne Funerals Video

This week we launched our new company video! Launched across all our social networks, the video prompted levels of support and kind words that we had not anticipated. A big thanks to everyone involved especially...

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Why Are We Using Hashtags?

I thought I’d use this blog post to give a quick run down as to why we are using hashtags across our social sites.

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Green Funerals

It might not be something that you have heard too much about but Green Funerals are an option more and more Australians are choosing to make.

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Organising A Funeral Service: Culture, Religion & Bereavement Etiquette

This week, I've taken the time to help you gain perspective, as perspective is an imperative element of organising a funeral service. It can be very difficult time in life, though it's important to be aware of your...

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How To Plan A Funeral Using Colours

This week I have been thinking a lot about the meaning and effects of colour in our lives. Colour is such a fundamental way in which we express ourselves. We see in it everything, literally! From the choice of our...

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5 Legal Processes After Death You Should Know

When a person dies, families and friends are left dealing with enormous amounts of grief and distress. On top of the grieving process, the responsibilities and important decisions are left to be made by the family.

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Assistance In Dividing Your Loved Ones Possessions

After the funeral and the wake, the next hardest task to get through is dividing your loved ones possessions. These possessions often hold more sentimental value than their material value making the process delicate...

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