According to the 2016 Census, 22.6% of the population identified as Catholic, making it the most widely practiced form of Christianity in Australia. For the most part, Catholic Funerals are similar to Christian Funerals, although they do have some important differences. This guide looks more closely at Catholic Funerals and the traditions you should observe…

Christian funerals are the most common type of religious funeral in Australia. This isn’t surprising given that Christianity is the most popular religion in Australia, with 52.1% of the population identifying as Christian in the 2016 Census. This guide is designed to give you the additional details you need when planning a Christian funeral. It…

In recent years, we’ve seen cremation become a more popular option for Australians over traditional burials. In 2015, the number of cremations officially overtook burials, and now cremations account for approximately 70% of funerals in Australian metropolitan areas. If you are weighing up the two options, you’ve come to the right place. In this article…

There are a number of funeral directors around Australia that specialise in direct cremations only. What is a Direct Cremation? A direct cremation is a cremation only with no service. It is one of the cheapest funeral options for families as it dispenses with many of the expensive elements of a funeral – such as…

What is a Green Funeral? A green funeral (also known as a “green burial” or “natural burial”) is a funeral that seeks to make as little impact upon the environment as possible. Green funerals are different from traditional burials in that they have some or all of the following elements: Burying the body at a…

What is a Traditional Funeral? A traditional funeral is probably what first comes to mind you think of a typical funeral, and if you’ve ever attended a funeral there’s a good chance it followed the traditional style. They are often associated with Christian funerals. In Australia, a traditional funeral has the following components: A visitation…

What is a Funeral Parlour? Funeral parlours, more commonly known as funeral homes in Australia, are businesses that provide funeral services for the communities they serve. They can also referred to as funeral directors, although the term “funeral director” is also used to refer to the individuals employed by funeral parlours to arrange and carry…

Help! How do I write a eulogy? If you’ve been asked to deliver a eulogy at a loved one’s funeral or memorial service, it’s quite normal to be conflicted. On the one hand, giving a eulogy is a great honour. On the other, it might be feeling like an incredibly daunting – maybe even impossible…

What is a Memorial Service? In contrast to a traditional funeral, where the service takes place before the body is buried or cremated, a memorial service takes place after the burial or cremation. How Long After the Death do You Hold a Memorial Service? Depending on the families wishes, a memorial service can take place any…

A funeral is a ceremony or service held shortly after a person’s death to pay respect to, celebrate and remember their life. While most funeral services include the person’s burial or cremation, this is not always the case. For example, memorial services (as opposed to burial or cremation services) usually take place after the cremation or burial without…