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Writing a Eulogy
Writing a Funerals serve to gather family and friends to celebrate a person’s life and while a eulogy is often seen as one of, if not the most important part of the service, they can be intimidating to write.
The most important thing to remember when writing a eulogy is that you should always be honest and authentic about the person. You can approach the eulogy in a purely chronological way, that is a recounting of the life of the person from birth to death, however many people prefer to deliver a characterisation of the person, or an overall picture using anecdotes or stories about fond moments.
Choosing an officiant
For those who follow a faith it may be appropriate to have a clergy officiate, whilst others may be more comfortable with a celebrant.
Both celebrants and clergy often perform several duties as part of their care including:
Meeting with your family
Acting as master of ceremonies
Offering words of encouragement or eulogy
Telling Others About The Funeral
You may want to put an announcement online or in a local or national newspaper to advise people about the death and provide details of the funeral service. We can assist you with drafting a death or funeral notice and will liaise with the newspaper company on your behalf. Our online Tribute Centre also includes the ability for you to share the details of the funeral service across all popular social media networks to easily send the most important information to your friends and family.
Coffin or Casket?
The terms “coffin” and “casket” are often used interchangeably, however a coffin and a casket are not the same thing. While both a casket and a coffin serve the same general purpose, the difference between the two is found in the design, where a coffin tapers toward the feet and head whilst being wider at the shoulders; a casket is usually a rectangular shape and has a hinged lid.
Burial or Cremation?
Whether it is simply a matter of personal preferences or due to cultural or religious reasons, the choice between burial or cremation can be particularly emotional. Some people feel that burial is the most fitting way to lay a loved one to rest and some religions strictly require burial, while other religions prefer cremation.
Choosing A Venue
Choosing a venue at which to hold a funeral service, particularly one where you will not be rushed, is one of the biggest decisions that you will need to make during the arrangement process. Some venues offer simple services with the provision of seating and shelter only, while others offer full audio-visual systems as well as catering and staff.
Catering & Gathering After The Service
For many people the time spent sharing some light refreshments straight after the funeral can be most beneficial. Joining together in an environment of support and love allows us to gather ourselves after an emotional farewell.
On The Day
With all the preparation and hard work that goes in to planning a funeral, many people find that they are emotionally drained and exhausted by the time the day of the actual service takes place. By knowing what’s expected of you and how you can equip yourself to get through it, you can take more time to grieve and take part in the proceedings.
There are many documents and forms that are important sources of information when arranging a funeral. Here is a brief list of some paperwork that you should keep in a safe location:
Birth & Marriage Certificates
Lease Agreements and Property Deeds
Life Insurance / Superannuation Policies
Documents Relating to Assets
Details of Bank Accounts and Other Financial Investments