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Do I have to have a funeral?

Society and its demands are constantly changing, and this is as true for the funeral industry as it is for anything else. The demands and expectations associated with funerals are decreasing for numerous reasons, although the biggest factor is cost. With these changes, there is a question that is becoming more and more popular: do I need to have a funeral? The short answer is yes: everyone must be buried or cremated. However, you do not need a funeral service. [...]

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How do I get a death certificate?

Every time someone is born, gets married, or passes away, it is required by law to register the occasion with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There are two things that need to happen before a death can be registered: Firstly, the regular doctor of the deceased will complete a Medical Cause of Death (MCD). (This is not to be confused with the Death Certificate from the Registry Office.) The MCD is a document stating the natural cause of [...]

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The time of a loved one’s death is always difficult; when it is overseas or interstate it only complicates matters further. Most people find repatriation an overwhelming notion, however, it is not as difficult as one might imagine. Whether international or interstate, repatriation is almost exactly the same, with a few minor variations in regards to paperwork. To help you understand what is involved, below is a step by step guide to the process using an example: Your loved one [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:37:38+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

How do I choose a funeral home?

So, how do you go about choosing a funeral director? When is the best time to do so? After all, with over 50 funeral homes to choose from in the metropolitan area, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of decisions that need to be made. Add to that when you have lost a loved one…well, that’s probably not the thing you’re going to want to focus your attention on. This is why many people are now deciding [...]

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What if I don’t have a minister or celebrant?

The celebrant or minister who leads the service is a vital part of your loved one’s funeral ceremony. Just as with a wedding, they lead the service and will work with you prior to ensure you get a ceremony that reflects your loved one exactly as you wish. However, many people do not have a minister or know a celebrant. We at Hetherington Funerals have trained celebrants in our employ and also work with many celebrants with whom we can [...]

By | 2019-06-26T06:39:50+00:00 June 12th, 2019|General Information|0 Comments

Eco-Friendly Funeral Ideas

ECO-FRIENDLY FUNERAL IDEAS Determining whether to bury or cremate is the first big decision when planning the funeral of a loved one. Everyone has different reasons for why they prefer one to the other and there is no right or wrong option. At the end of the day, it is up to you and your loved one regarding what you feel comfortable with. For those who are unsure, we wanted to give you some things to consider for both options [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:10:57+00:00 October 6th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

Eco-Friendly Funerals

ECO-FRIENDLY SERVICES IN PERTH As eco-awareness has increased globally, we see that the decision to live a greener life is leading to more eco-conscious decisions around death. Many are seeking to understand the best ways to plan an ethical send off. There are many options now available and each element of the funeral service and situations following can be altered according to more environmentally friendly principles. Leave a lighter footprint: Green Funeral and Burial Tips: Cremations While cremation is not [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:10:28+00:00 September 21st, 2017|General Information|1 Comment

Writing a Eulogy – Let Us Help You

LET US HELP YOU WRITE A EULOGY Writing a eulogy for your loved one is a daunting task. How can we sum up the life and the impact someone has had on us in just a few minutes? Eulogies are about paying your respects in a beautiful and public way, so it is important to come up with a way to say what’s in your heart. You can do this by recounting stories and recalling memories in valuable, creative and [...]

By | 2019-07-31T08:26:32+00:00 September 6th, 2017|General Information|0 Comments

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