In The News

A snapshot of recent Funeral Industry news articles from around Australia and the world.

June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Funeral Restrictions

Restrictions surrounding funeral attendance vary from state to state. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 restrictions in...
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April 15, 2020

Coronavirus has changed death and funerals — but new rituals can help us grieve

On a Sunday morning in late March, I got the call I'd been dreading. It was my mum, clearly upset,...
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April 12, 2020

Governments prepare for pandemic deaths

"The best advice in the world is useless if you can't get the equipment to meet it," NFDA president Nigel...
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March 20, 2019 / Members in the News

“It’s amazing what you can do with an old machinery shed.”

One of our members over in Western Australia recently opened a new chapel in Perth's northern suburbs. Seasons Funerals have...
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March 12, 2019

Many people want a different kind of funeral, but we still need to mourn. There is a way to have both

"Grief is complicated – a mix of sadness, regret, confusion, longing, anger, resentment, guilt and gratitude with no set timeline...
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March 7, 2019

Ballarat Cemetery Trust provides advice across the state to smaller graveyards

Across the country from capital cities to tiny country towns, somebody has to manage the business of accommodating the dead....
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February 13, 2019

A heart warming story out of the UK

A primary school headteacher who died the day she penned a heart-breaking letter to her pupils has been laid to...
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January 18, 2019

A new memorial area for Perth’s Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park

The result of over 18 months of planning by the planning, operations, client services and marketing teams at the Metropolitan...
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January 11, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns Gets Grief Right

With the remake of the Disney classic Mary Poppins in cinema's now, we came across this interesting little article about...
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December 20, 2018

Wishing you all a Safe and Festive Christmas

Finding happiness and enjoying the holidays does not diminish how much you love and miss the person who isn’t there...
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December 3, 2018

Supporting YOURSELF and your loved ones this Holiday Season

The holidays, although filled with family, friends and celebration, can be a stressful time of year under usual circumstances. But...
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November 29, 2018

Green Burial Option catching on in Canada

It took a decade but the green burial option at Royal Oak Burial Park in Cordova Bay, Canada, is catching...
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November 21, 2018

NZ Funeral Services Trade Show

The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand (FDANZ) hosted the second NZ Funeral Services Trade Show, held at Eden Park...
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November 15, 2018

“Lost art of condolence”

An interesting little read on the "lost art of condolence". Click HERE
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October 19, 2018

National Bandanna Day is on the 26th October 2018!!

National Bandanna Day is the major fundraising and awareness campaign for CanTeen Australia. Held on the last Friday in October,...
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October 9, 2018

Cemetery grows as tourists from around the world visit graves

Room to expand is an issue that many cemeteries across Australia face, and a dog cemetery in Western Australia's Wheatbelt...
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October 2, 2018

Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees?

The idea of coming full circle and returning whence we came from is one that appeals to many of us,...
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September 24, 2018

Grave concerns for small town cemetery caught up in Anglican property sell-off

A small town is fearful that graves at its local cemetery will be damaged or destroyed if the Anglican Church...
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September 19, 2018

After a friend’s death, these architects designed a funeral home

After a friend’s death, these architects designed a funeral home. A Dutch architectural firm thinks funeral homes and mortuary spaces...
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September 13, 2018


Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don't need to be an expert -...
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August 6, 2018

Buyer Beware: Funeral Insurance

Most people don't want to be a financial burden to their family after they die - but if you've got...
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March 19, 2018

Where is an appropriate place to hold a funeral?

The trend towards more personalised funeral services is creating headaches for local councils. In Australia, funerals recently have been held...
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March 8, 2018 / Members in the News

Confessions of a Funeral Director

Dedicated funeral director Michelle shares her insights and experience around death and funerals... I can’t say ‘funeral director’ was at...
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June 14, 2017 / NFDA News

Rookwood Cemetery running out of space, mausoleums the way of the future

HAVE you ever considered being buried in a mausoleum? You should, says Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust chief executive George...
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June 14, 2017 / NFDA News

Top five funeral songs revealed

The latest funeral music survey found that while the most popular songs played at funerals in 2016 were largely sentimental,...
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June 14, 2017 / NFDA News

Plan funerals in advance: Save Money

IT IS a topic that most of us wish to avoid until absolutely necessary, but new research shows that only...
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