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What Costs are Involved in a Funeral?

What Costs are Involved in a Funeral? Funerals can be beautiful, meaningful ways to celebrate someone’s life and create positive, lasting memories. However, they can also be a source of financial strain on the family. A study by the University of Sydney in 2017 found that the average funeral service costs $4,902, while comparison website finder.com.au found the average cost to be $7,449. It’s worth noting that the cost of a funeral can vary dramatically depending on exactly what it [...]

By | 2019-12-17T02:10:33+00:00 January 10th, 2020|General Information|0 Comments

Multicultural Funerals in Australia

Multicultural Funerals in Australia No matter what your ethnicity or faith, death is one of life's unavoidable events. While we may not have much of a choice about how or when we die, we can choose how we depart the world with a funeral ceremony that reflects our faith and personal beliefs. From the reflective practices of Judaism to the Hindu belief in reincarnation, here’s how different communities around Australia farewell their loved ones. Hinduism According to the Hindu faith, [...]

By | 2019-12-18T19:40:25+00:00 December 25th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

Do I Need Funeral Insurance?

Do I Need Funeral Insurance? Daytime TV is saturated with advertisements for funeral insurance. They warn of the significant financial impact that organising a funeral can have on your loved ones when you pass away. They also argue that insurance is the only protection for families. But is that true? While funeral insurance might be appropriate in some circumstances, we at Hetherington Funerals believe a Funeral Bond is the best way to financially prepare for the funeral.  What is Funeral Insurance Exactly? Funeral insurance is a financial product and essentially isn’t very different from [...]

By | 2019-12-17T02:10:00+00:00 December 10th, 2019|Preplanning|0 Comments

What Are the Benefits of Pre-planning Your Funeral

What are the Benefits of Pre-planning Your Funeral When someone dies in the family, it’s common for everyone to feel confused about what to do first when it comes to funeral arrangements. Planning at short notice can be difficult, especially when processing grief. Pre-planning your funeral mitigates most of the stress and extra costs associated with planning a funeral ceremony. Improved Planning By pre-planning your funeral, you can take care of many of the key details and arrangements in advance. [...]

By | 2019-11-24T21:53:54+00:00 November 25th, 2019|Preplanning|0 Comments

Top 10 Questions Funeral Directors Are Asked

There seems to be a cloud of secrecy surrounding the funeral industry, which makes people very curious about what really goes on. When we meet new people, we tend to get some very interesting questions, and so we thought we would answer the questions we are asked most frequently. We spoke with Eric Dekker, the owner and a funeral director at Hetherington Funerals, about his experience in the industry. Isn’t it a depressing job? No. There are times when dealing [...]

By | 2019-07-18T05:23:07+00:00 July 11th, 2019|newspaper|0 Comments

Funerals: The Process Explained

As funeral directors, we encounter people every day who are dealing with grief and loss. We see people at their most vulnerable time, who are then expected to make huge decisions immediately. Over time, we have learnt that one of the biggest factors that contribute to uncertainty and confusion at a time of death is a lack of education. So, we at Hetherington Funerals have began our mission to educate people on all things funeral-related. The process surrounding funerals is [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:21:39+00:00 July 11th, 2019|newspaper|0 Comments

The Truth about Funerals in WA

Let’s be honest: the topic of death, dying and funerals makes most of us quite uncomfortable. I am sure most of you are familiar with the words of Benjamin Franklin; ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ So, if death is such a natural and important part of our lives, then why are we still so afraid of the subject? We are currently in the year 2019, a time where there has never [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:21:10+00:00 July 10th, 2019|newspaper|0 Comments

Can I have my funeral in Perth if I live in the country?

Many people who live in the country have family or friends living in Perth, and therefore wish for their funeral to be held there as it is more convenient. However, oftentimes people are unsure of who to turn to – a local funeral director, or a funeral director in the Perth metropolitan area. The answer is that as long as the country funeral director is licenced with the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, they are able to conduct the service. However, we [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:20:37+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

What clothes should I dress my loved one in?

Knowing which clothing to dress your loved in for the last time is more difficult than most people realise. Do you dress them in their favourite pair of boardies, or do you use the suit they wore to work for the majority of their working life? As with most decisions pertaining to funerals, it once again comes down to family preferences. Whether it is a nice pair of neat clothes, a uniform, a favourite sports shirt, or a t-shirt and [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:23:58+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

Am I able to put items in the coffin with my loved one?

Many people like to place special items of significance with their loved ones prior to the funeral. From teddys to photos to lollies to beer, we have had a huge variety of items placed in coffins. There are very few limits on what can get placed in a coffin. In fact, if you are being buried, then anything can go with the deceased. If it is a cremation, then according to the Metropolitan Cemetery Board rules, alcohol, glass and battery-powered [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:26:23+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments