Growing pains: Helping teens cope with the loss of a friend

Parenting a teenager through their adolescent years can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Watching them assert their independence. Celebrating their successes. Helping them set goals. And, ultimately, witnessing them grow into the person they’ll be as an...

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The Unknown Soldier: Welcoming home a fallen mate

Remembrance Day in 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the return of the Unknown Soldier – a historic national event that would not have been possible without the support of the Australian Funeral Directors Association and its members across Australia. The Tomb of the...

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Self care in grief: The myth of keeping busy

If you’ve experienced a loss, it’s more than likely that someone at some point has advised you to “keep busy”. Have you tried it? Did it work? Or was busyness merely a distraction? The idea that keeping busy will fix your broken heart or help you recover more quickly...

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A day without Dad: Getting through grief on Father’s Day

Being fatherless at any time can be tough. But it’s interesting how a commercially-driven calendar event can hammer home feelings that may otherwise remain under the surface. Greeting cards, TV ads and social media feeds tell us how we’re supposed to feel on Father’s...

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Friendships bonds: How to help a friend through grief

Death separates us. It’s unfortunate. But it’s true. Most people who’ve lost a loved one will tell you how many of their friends simply disappeared in the wake of the loss. Friendships are not immune to grief. Despite what you may think, some friends will leave you...

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Standing proud: Understanding the role of funeral directors

Being a funeral director can be both emotionally and physically challenging – and sometimes stressful. But it’s also incredibly rewarding. It takes a special type of person to listen to a family’s needs, understand their emotions and, through conversations with the...

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The natural order: Dealing with the loss of a parent

When a parent dies, we’re supposed to be prepared for this normal life passage – or at least be more ready to accept it when it happens. We’re supposed to pick ourselves up, close the wound quickly and move on. After all, the death of a parent is the natural order of...

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Lost without her: Missing your mum on Mother’s Day

The love of a mother is irreplaceable and doesn’t die, even when she does. Mother’s Day is a time to honour and celebrate your mother. While it’s a great day and a wonderful opportunity to make your mum feel special, it can also be a hard day if your mother has passed...

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Family fights: When death brings out the worst

“Death brings out the best and worst in families.” We’ve all heard it before. If you’ve been through a personal loss, you’ve probably experienced it first hand. Sometimes we see the good. The reconciliation of a relationship that was long estranged. Family supporting...

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