Social media and grief: To post or not to post

Hands up. Who’s guilty of reaching for their mobile phone as soon as the alarm goes off in the morning? Bleary eyed, you start swiping through your social media feeds to see what’s happened overnight. Aunty Joan has invited you (yet again!) to play Candy Crush. That...

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A proud legacy: When the funeral industry is in your blood

As the 5th generation of her family to lead Walter Carter Funerals in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, there’s little doubt the funeral industry is in Dale Maroney’s blood. Ever mindful of the legacy she’s been entrusted with, Dale is positioning the business for a strong...

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Dear Diary: Journaling your grief journey

The phrase “Dear Diary” conjures images of teen and pre-teen girls sticking to the adolescent tradition of recording their every passing thought and emotion in a padded pink notebook secured with a bejewelled padlock. But, in fact, the practice of journaling has...

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Funerals on film: Our 10 favourite movie funeral scenes

Movies have the ability to yank our emotions every which way, and never is that more so than with a great funeral scene. In real life, funerals are not a particularly pleasant experience – after all, someone has died and everyone is sad. But in reel life, they can...

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A ‘good death’: Lessons we can learn from David Bowie

The news of David Bowie’s death reverberated around the world 12 months ago. Waking to the news of his death on 10 January 2015, fans around the world grieved the loss of a musical hero who provided the soundtrack to their lives. Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard...

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A new hope: Promise to be kind to yourself in 2017

New Year. It’s a time for fresh beginnings, new goals and looking forward. It’s also a time for resolutions. But when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, the traditional resolutions like losing weight, exercising more and drinking less coffee may not seem so...

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The day my Mum died: How Christmas changed for me in 2012

Walter Carter Funerals CEO Dale Maroney shares how losing her mother on Christmas Day changed her family’s festive traditions. The tree is up. The decorations are out. The lights are twinkling. Food is everywhere. And presents are plentiful. Christmas really is a...

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