Hi, my name is Crystal, and I love tradition and ritual, but I also love novel things and creating something special just for one person. When my mum died a few years ago, I decided that I wanted to write her funeral service – not just my eulogy, but the whole service. I wanted to tie in traditional elements as well as Bible verses and poems that she loved, but I also wanted something that was just for her and her alone. I learned a lot through that experience. If you have lost a loved one, I extend you my sympathy. I know how that feels, and I want to help with the funeral service. This blog has ideas and tips for writing your own service as well as a range of other things. I hope it helps.
19 January 2018
Usually, what prompts people to consider making a will and buying life insurance is the birth of their first child. There you are, faced with the ultimate symbol of life—a newborn baby—and you're planning for your death. Weirdly, though, it doesn't feel morbid—it feels wise and sensible, right? So, if you've planned for the physical and financial care of your child, shouldn't you go one step further and plan your funeral?
2 October 2017
Planning a funeral is, for obvious reasons, often a remarkably difficult and stressful thing to have to do. It can seem like a huge and important undertaking, and it has to be dealt with as quickly as possible during what is already an incredibly taxing time. If you're going through this right now, here are five practical things you should bear in mind to help you through the experience. Coffins are expensive, so don't feel you need to spend more money on a fancy one.
31 March 2016
Planning a funeral can be hard but also cathartic on many levels. One of the decisions you have to make is what your loved one should wear. Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you select an outfit. 1. Any outfit is appropriate. For generations, suits, dresses and similar outfits were standard for the deceased person to wear in a casket. However, that social requirement is long gone.
24 August 2015
Although the world is becoming more connected and traditional customs are being lost, funerals and funeral rituals remain diverse across cultures. Typically in the West, the body is taken to a funeral home to be attended by funeral directors before being driven to the memorial service in a hearse. Coffins are traditionally wooden or painted in muted colours and the service is a sombre reflection on the deceased life's. But many cultures around the world have their own unique funeral rites and styles of service.
10 August 2015
In Australia today, 1 in 5 people select 'none' when asked to identify their religious affiliation, up from 1 in 250 in 1911. In a nation with a rich and diverse religious history, non-belief is rising rapidly, and whilst in everyday life these philosophical differences often remain unseen, in the event of a death of a close relative they can complicate funeral arrangements, as the line between honouring the wishes of the departed and respecting the beliefs of the living can often prove challenging to tread.