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Leaving a Bequest in Your Will

Leaving a Bequest in Your Will Your will allows you to make a gift of any possessions and money you leave behind once you pass away. This is called a bequest. It can be made to any individual or organisation of your choosing. For example, many people choose to leave a bequest to a charity in their will. Leaving a bequest in your will requires a specific process to ensure it is valid. Types of Bequests There are a variety [...]

By | 2019-12-17T02:30:12+00:00 June 10th, 2020|Preplanning|0 Comments

How Does Body Donation Work?

How Does Body Donation Work? Body donation is different from organ donation, as the whole body is used rather than selected parts. Donating your body to an institution such as a university is a generous way of advancing research in medicine and science while helping to educate the next generation of health professionals. Various health laws in each state and territory of Australia govern the process and several steps must be followed before a body donation can occur. Find a [...]

By | 2019-12-17T02:11:51+00:00 February 25th, 2020|Preplanning|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

Music at a Funeral

Have you ever been to a funeral and thought “this song describes my loved one perfectly?” Or perhaps you heard the music and thought it was highly inappropriate, or something you would never choose. In the words of Hans Christian Andersen, ‘where words fail, music speaks.’ Music has the power to move people, and it is no different at a funeral. Choosing the music for a service is where many people put most thought and effort. Traditionally, there are four songs [...]

By | 2020-08-18T14:39:13+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Preplanning|0 Comments

What is Involved in the Funeral and Final Disposition Planning Process

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE FUNERAL AND FINAL DISPOSITION PLANNING PROCESS Many people understand, at least theoretically, what is involved in a funeral service. We identify the location for the service, notify loved ones and coordinate the details of the service; from flowers to eulogy to music and the wake. Following the service, many people can feel uneasy; this is the part of the process that is least familiar. Understanding this part of the process allows you to feel more [...]

By | 2019-11-24T22:11:24+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Preplanning|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 | 2019-11-24T22:06:31+00:00 August 20th, 2017|Preplanning|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 | 2020-08-17T17:00:44+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Preplanning|0 Comments