The baby boomers are beginning to reach retirement age. That’s right, the ones that thought their lot in life was eternal youth are now facing their conclusion.
In the last few weeks I’ve said goodbye to quite a few. Chris, a typical boomer, left this earth having fought a long fight with illness and his family [...]
It depends who you ask, but let me give my perspective. A successful farewell features stories, plenty of people, deep emotion and amazing respect for the individual passed.
As I write this I have performed well over four hundred funeral services, touched hundreds of lives and had numerous positive comments from families as well as funeral [...]
When you have an elderly parent, one needing increasing care, do you search for a care facility or do you pay the price personally and look after them yourself?
So many times I see the end result of that dilemma, and hear the conclusions families have reached.
The summary is simple. I notice a strength in the [...]
It was a very short service, in terms of averages. Even the funeral directors commented afterwards about its brevity, seemingly in shock, with comments about a celebrant’s hourly rate being equivalent to a barrister’s fees.
As a funeral celebrant I was more than happy with the outcome. Pop was a simple man with simple tastes, [...]
But sometimes the occasion overflows with tears. Nanna, at eighty six, had passed away, not unexpected, and when I arrived and chatted to the funeral staff everything was ready to go.
They say that, “…funerals and weddings bring out the best and worst in people”, that secrets and true intentions are revealed. Well, my time as a funeral celebrant has certainly confirmed this saying.
I have sat at many a kitchen table and listened to families share stories of their loved one, sometimes with great love and [...]
The tears flowed.
The warmth overflowed.
The conversations continued.
The conclusion of the service brought that harsh realization of their patriarch’s departure. He was finally gone. Various family and friends needed to hang around for a time, just chatting, crying, hugging, consoling each other and touching the coffin, remembering the special things this man had brought to their [...]
Robert could have said, ‘my dad’ or ‘my old man’ or ‘that bloke’, but chose to use the words, “our dad”, spoken with chest out, standing straight, with a smile, proclaiming loudly words about his father.
The audience, predominantly family, knew who was being eulogized, someone who made simple life choices, provided through hard work for [...]
The painting of Matt stood to one side, his Fender on the other and in between a plain coffin holding his remains. The sadness of this Gen X passing was obvious – their was profound silence in the room, but his music allowed a gentle beginning, a softening of those who struggled to face the [...]