There are many options available now-a-days when it comes to how we say goodbye to a loved one. It is often important to us that we bid farewell in a way that is fitting. When it comes to a funeral service there are options and choices that need to be made, some of which extend from family tradition, beliefs or options that are available to help create a service that honours the life lived as well as those attending.
Options to Consider
How do I decide
Deciding or even discussing burial and cremation with family can be a difficult discussion to have. when faced with having to dicuss or decide it is most common practice to look into family history to see what has been decided by previous family members. Some families will have a tradition, though it is not always the case. Please read on further points for consideration.
What is more common
Generally across Australia, cremation is more common than burial. This change has occurred over the past 10-20 years approximately.
What are the cost differences
In almost all areas of Australia, cremation is the more affordable option. General costs for burial which includs preparation of the grave, perpetual maintenance and headstone is likely to be in the thousands, where as cremation costs can be less than one thousand.
What's available in the Clarence Valley
The Clarence Valley has a large range of council owned cemeteries. In 2013 Riverview Funerals developed the first crematorium in the Clarence Valley, which continues to serve the community.
Including tributes in a funeral service is a way of making the service special and fitting for a loved one. There are many ways to included tributes and each signify something meaningful about the person and what they are remembered for.
Although flowers are given as gifts of sympathy, flowers can have a way of capturing a loved ones personality, by use of colours and fragrances.
Poems, verses, musical tributes
Poems and verses can speak for us at times when we want to say something but finding the right words or where to start is too difficult. A chosen poem or verse can reflect the character of a dearly loved one or can help explain just how we feel without that person. There are many websites online which poems and verses can be obtained. We are licenced to play selected musical tracks at funeral services.
Remembering someone we loved is to remember the things they enjoyed to do or things they where most known for. To include personal memorabilia in a funeral service is a way of honouring a life for traits that were dear to us.
Guards of honour
A guard of honour is a common way for a group or community of people to show their love and respect as an extended family where a loved one was involved with a club or organisation such as an emergency service or other government service.
RSL sub-branches and organisations play a huge role in the lives of many returned service men and women including contribution to funeral services. In most cases where a loved one was part of an RSL sub-branch a representative of the sub-branch will wish to speak at the funeral service and offer their sympathies and memories to the family as well as conducting the official RSL Service involving the reading of service records, the poppy tribute and the playing of the Last Post and Reveille.
What is Funeral Webasting
Funeral Webcasting is a video/audio live stream that allows family members who are unable to attend a funeral service to join through a private and secure connection so as to still be a part of the service. The software can be used on computers or mobiles aswell as smart Tv's.