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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 | 2020-09-21T14:13:40+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 | 2020-08-17T17:42:24+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 | 2020-08-17T17:02:05+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 | 2020-08-17T16:58:45+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

How do I choose pallbearers?

To be a pallbearer is a huge honour awarded to some of the most important people in a person’s life. Knowing who to choose can often be very hard, especially when you have a big family or circle of friends. If you have family who are willing and able to do it, it is a wonderful way for them to be involved on the day. It is always special when children or grandchildren can escort their parents or grandparents to [...]

By | 2020-08-17T17:45:33+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

What areas do you service?

Some of our most frequently asked questions include ‘do you come north of the river?' or ‘do you come to Mandurah?’ and so on. Nowadays, the physical location of a funeral home matters less and less. The majority of funerals are held at one of the cemeteries or a local church, so the number of people that actually come to the funeral home is dwindling rapidly. This means that we can service a larger area, and that is exactly what [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:28:10+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

I pre-planned my funeral but want to change companies

Pre-planning is a term that is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. It has numerous advantages and it is a fantastic way to be prepared for the future. One thing that stops people from setting up a funeral bond is their fear of being ‘locked in’ to a certain place or funeral director. If that is you, fear no more! When you set up a funeral bond, you do so with your selected funeral home. However, even [...]

By | 2020-08-18T14:30:30+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

Do I need to have my loved one dressed if there is no viewing?

Dressing the deceased and preparing the body for burial is an age-old tradition. It can be dated all the way back to around 3500BC, where we can read about the mummification process the Egyptians followed. Since those days, pre-funeral rites have changed drastically. Modern-day embalming made its appearance following the American Civil War, and since then embalming has become a common practise. Today there are many families who decide not to have a viewing or have their loved ones embalmed. [...]

By | 2020-08-17T17:10:05+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments