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  • 13 Strange Funerals

    September 19, 2016

    Funeral homes have reported being asked more and more often to assist with funerals where the corpse can attend having not been put in a coffin. This week the family of a man, who had been shot dead, decided to pay their last requests with him sat at the funeral – cigarette in hand and with […]

  • Last Letter from a Dying Mother

    September 12, 2016

    The following is a genuine last letter from a dying mother written days before her passing.  Puts the trivial things in our own lives into perspective and a lovey reminder that we should all live our lives as best we can … and that love and laughter is what really matters. Favorite 0

  • 10 Life Lessons Learnt From the Wise Elderly

    August 16, 2016

    This isn’t firm scientific research — but we ignore it at our peril. We can learn much about life from those who have seen it to the end.  Harvard Business School in the US surveyed the class of 1966 and here are 10 Life Lessons Learnt From the Wise Elderly. ANONYMOUS: I would have been […]

  • The Irony of a Dying Funeral Industry?

    August 3, 2016

    Funeral homes are no longer recession-proof. The new challenge for funeral directors is figuring out how to serve changing customer needs. Is the irony of a dying funeral industry fact or fiction? Interesting things are happening in the US funeral market that may be warning signs for the Australian funeral industry.  For example, after 40 […]

  • The 7 Lessons of Death

    December 17, 2015

    “We meet but briefly in life, if we touch each other with stardust, that is everything.”  ~Unknown We had baked chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy that evening. It was the kind of hearty meal that warms you up on a damp March night.  As I said goodnight, I couldn’t have imagined that in just a […]

  • Christmas and Funerals

    December 14, 2015

    Funeral directors probably can’t make plans for Christmas vacations, as it is likely the busiest time of year for them. It has been known for a while that external causes of death, including suicide, homicide, and motor vehicle accidents, spike during the holiday season. Research has found that there are also more natural deaths on […]

  • Seniors Rights Victoria

    December 4, 2015

    Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect. Elder abuse is one of the worst manifestations of ageism […]

  • Government Assistance for Funerals

    December 3, 2015

    Government Assistance for Funerals When someone dies, a doctor must sign a certificate that confirms the death. Funeral arrangements cannot be completed until the doctor has signed and issued this certificate, generally called a Doctor’s Certificate of Cause of Death. The funeral company can then take the deceased into their care.  The funeral director in […]

  • Top 5 Reasons You Should Create a Last Will

    November 30, 2015

    Although Wills and estate planning laws do vary state to state, one rule holds true: if you don’t have a Last Will and Testament, the Government makes one for you. That means your assets and estate are distributed according to the generic laws in your state. Generally, this means the government will split your belonging […]

  • Funeral Industry Trends

    November 28, 2015

    Some of the latest funeral industry trends offer creative options to traditional funeral and memorial services that allow us to uniquely honor and celebrate a life well lived. Today, more people are interested in End-of-Life celebrations that reflects their unique personality, hobbies, and interests. People recognize that this milestone event doesn’t have to be somber; instead […]

  • Burial Pods: The Future or the Stuff of Science?

    November 24, 2015

    Coffins Were So Last Year. These Burial Pods Are The New Eco-Friendly Trend.  It might seem like a delicate piece of art, but it’s strong enough to carry a human inside.     Forget tombstones and cemeteries. An Italian company has created a beautiful and eco-friendly alternative.  The company, Capsula Mundi, is apparently pretty passionate about […]

  • Facts About Elder Abuse in Australia

    November 22, 2015

    Older people today are more visible, more active and more independent than ever before. They are living longer and are in better health. But as the population of older Australians grows, so does the hidden problem of elder abuse, exploitation and neglect.  The quality of life of older individuals who experience abuse is severely jeopardised, as […]

  • Dementia and Diet

    November 18, 2015

    While studies in the past have acknowledged the role that specific foods play in mental wellness and the reduction of age induced problems such as dementia, a new study looks at the diet as a whole.  The findings are a strong indicator that what you eat during midlife will have a powerful impact on brain […]

  • Pros & Cons of Pre-Paid Funerals

    October 7, 2015

    Pros and Cons of Pre-Paid Funerals Pre-paid funeral plans allow you to choose and pay in advance for your funeral. This is important if you have strong cultural reasons for wanting a certain type of funeral or certain features. If you want to pay for the funeral up front but don’t want to be faced […]

  • Is Technology The Future of Aged Care?

    September 29, 2015

    Across the globe, the aged care sector is encountering unprecedented challenges. The ageing population is growing rapidly and there are doubts whether government healthcare schemes can bear the strain. Increasing pressure is already placed on infrastructure and overburdened caregivers – and with few young graduates entering the profession, the problem looks likely to worsen before […]

  • Dying To Be Different

    September 22, 2015

    There used to be only two choices for body disposal, cremation and burial. Now, after your death, you can get liquefied. Returned to the earth: natural burials are becoming more popular in South Australia. “Basically you’re placed within a cylinder and there’s steam and hot water and you’re boiled away to bone,” explains Nuriootpa master […]

  • Aged Care Trends In Australia

    August 25, 2015

    Over the next 40 years, population ageing and growing diversity among older people — in terms of their care needs, preferences and affluence — are expected to pose a number of challenges to Australia’s aged care system. These include: – a significant increase in demand — those aged over 85 tend to be the main […]

  • 30 Best Things in Life

    August 24, 2015

    They say the best things in life are free.  Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the list below proves that statement to be true.  Life is filled with simple pleasures, the little satisfying effects you never really anticipate, but always take great pleasure in.  They are the gifts of life that we each subconsciously celebrate […]

  • Humans Could Live For 500 Years

    August 23, 2015

    Google has invested in taxi firms, smart thermostats and even artificial intelligence but it is also setting its sights on immortality – or at least increasing our lives five-fold. Google says humans could live for 500 YEARS! In an interview with Bloomberg, Google Ventures’ president Bill Maris said he thinks it’s possible to live to 500 […]

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