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Inside the Funerals of Different Cultures

INSIDE THE FUNERALS OF DIFFERENT CULTURES When we think of funerals in Australia, we probably think of common westernised practices. Mourners dress in black and sit solemnly in church pews or chairs as they listen to eulogies for the deceased and weep. The body is buried according to tradition and commemorated with a tasteful headstone. Australia is known for being one of the most multicultural societies in the world. As funeral directors in Perth, Hetherington Funerals sees many types of [...]

By | 2019-07-30T04:12:30+00:00 September 6th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

Suicide – The Ones Left Behind

SUICIDE - THE ONES LEFT BEHIND When a loved one takes their own life, the emotions that you experience can be heart-wrenching. You might be consumed by not only grief but also guilt, left wondering if there was something you could have done to prevent their death. If you are facing life after the death of a loved one who committed suicide, understand that you do not have to cope alone. Below we will discuss what you may be feeling [...]

By | 2019-07-30T03:51:44+00:00 September 6th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

Gone Too Soon – Dying Young

GONE TOO SOON - DYING YOUNG Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” When we lose someone young, it sometimes feels that their life burned all the more brightly before being extinguished. The death of the young, including babies, children, teenagers and young adults, often hits the hardest. While the pain of losing a young loved one will never go away, it is possible to learn to cope with the emotions [...]

By | 2019-07-30T03:50:09+00:00 September 6th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

Coping with Death and Dying – Providing Emotional Support

COPING WITH DEATH AND DYING - PROVIDING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT Dying or dealing with the death of a loved one can be an emotionally devastating process. In both instances, a person may experience the same stages of grief as described by Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Understanding the five stages of grief and knowing what to expect is one way of coping with death and dying. This blog will explore these stages to help you understand what you, or those around you, [...]

By | 2019-07-30T04:06:19+00:00 September 6th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

Memorial Service Ideas for Families Who Choose Cremations

MEMORIAL SERVICE IDEAS FOR FAMILIES WHO CHOOSE CREMATIONS Cremating is a personal decision. It may have been the wishes of the deceased or a decision made by the family of the deceased. There are many reasons to cremate and choosing this option does not mean that you aren’t able to hold a memorial service to bring family and friends together to remember them and say goodbye. There are many other options for memorial services available to those who choose to cremation. [...]

By | 2019-07-30T03:47:46+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Cremations|0 Comments

Talking to loved ones about final wishes

TALKING TO LOVED ONES ABOUT FINAL WISHES Many people feel uncomfortable broaching the subject of death, but when someone passes they often wish they had. Understanding the wishes of your loved one for when they pass eases the decisions that follow. The planning of a funeral service and thinking of how you wish to remember your loved one is easier with their input, making you comfortable that you were able to honour their wishes. The hardest part is starting the conversation, it [...]

By | 2019-07-31T08:13:59+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Preplanning|0 Comments

Inside the mind of a Funeral Director

INSIDE THE MIND OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of a funeral home? What goes on inside the head of a funeral director? When a death occurs, we’re rightfully consumed by our own grief and the funeral planning process. We don’t usually consider the people who make it easier for us to say goodbye to our deceased loved one. Here are some little-known facts about what goes on inside the mind of a funeral [...]

By | 2019-07-29T09:15:39+00:00 August 4th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

Taking the deceased overseas

TAKING THE DECEASED OVERSEAS Much of Australian culture is made up of immigrant families of Greek and Italian Australians. Because of this, it is not uncommon for many Australians to want to fly the bodies of their deceased relations overseas to their homeland. If you are considering sending your family member home so that they can be buried in a plot in the country of their birth, there are a few things you should know about the process. Seek the [...]

By | 2019-02-27T02:12:32+00:00 August 4th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

What are the different types of burial

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BURIAL? The traditional earth burial is not the only way to commemorate the life and death of a deceased loved one. If you are interested in other ways to bury your loved one, or if you are pre-planning your funeral and wish to consider alternative options, here are a few different types of burial. Traditional In-Ground Burial First, we’ll discuss what’s involved in a traditional in-ground burial. You will have a casket that displays and contains [...]

By | 2019-06-11T02:02:41+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Burials|0 Comments

Can I Design the funeral ceremony

CAN I DESIGN THE FUNERAL CEREMONY? You know your loved ones better than anyone and often the process of designing their funeral service is a way to honour their life and their final wishes. These days, it is common for families to take an active part in the planning of the funeral service. Thankfully, you do not need to do this alone but you can have as much involvement as you wish, to say goodbye to your loved one in a [...]

By | 2019-02-22T07:52:29+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Preplanning|0 Comments