Coping With National Disasters

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 lost. When such horrific accidents like this happen, how do we as individuals and a country cope?

 

Accidents do not discriminate

Workplace accidents do not discriminate. It's perhaps unique in this quality; it does not matter who you are, what language you speak or what country you are from, accidents are always going to happen. Especially in industries like mining - it's always going to be a dangerous job! Often it's just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what we cannot predict is the scale of the accident. Sometimes nobody is harmed. Sometimes there are no survivors.

 

Australia was, and is not immune

Australia has also had it's fair share of mining disasters, the most infamous probably being Beaconsfield back in 2006. We were much luckier than Turkey though. Of the initial 17 people trapped, 14 escaped straight away followed by Brant Webb and Todd Russell two weeks later. Tragically the final miner, Larry Knight, never made it to the surface to see his family again.

 

The media plays a huge part in rallying support

Most of you can probably remember the massive media coverage that followed the every move of search and safety rescue efforts. All the television channels were airing hourly updates, radio stations gave updates in their half-hour or hourly news breaks and newspapers were filled with anything and everything related to Beaconsfield and the mining industry past, present and future. 

As an 'onlooker' I think that it is important that we take a step back and let the rescue teams do their best to get the situation under control. But I also think that in order to cope, we must support one another even if we are complete strangers. And this partly comes from a large amount of media coverage that can constantly keep us updated and share the community's well wishes to those affected. We saw this happen to Brant and Todd, who received an overwhelming amount of support Australia wide. Even now, we continue to celebrate their survival and epic tale. 

 

Show your support

It is so hard to even imagine what it must have been like for the families of those trapped in Beaconsfield or those currently waiting for their loved ones in Turkey. Our strength to cope with national disasters comes from banding together so the only thing that we can do is to show our support in any way that we can. Whether that be by simply staying in the loop with news updates or by sharing well wishes across social media. And to remember that while this disaster is not not Australian shores, accidents do not discriminate. 

 

Do you remember where you were on the day of the Beaconsfield mining accident? How do you think we as a nation rallied support? Let us know your thoughts!

 

We're here to help

Lady Anne Funerals is here to support and assist your family through what can be a difficult time, with a ladies touch. 

We are available to discuss a range of services to support your family, including: 

  • Personalised memorial services
  • Cremation and burial services
  • Religious services catering to all faith's
  • No service, no attendance 

Please get in touch - night or day - via the form or you can call us on the number below.

Phone: 1300 74 00 74

904 Victoria Road, West Ryde 2114

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Some of the families we've helped

“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

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Lee Dowdall
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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