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Becoming a Funeral Director

At Picaluna, our funeral directors or funeral arrangers as they are sometimes called, come from a wide range of backgrounds.  Many of our funeral directors are also marriage celebrants, who may have attended a funeral service organised by Picaluna and decided to explore the pathway of becoming a funeral celebrant and then funeral director.

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practical steps in planning for their deaths
Talking about end of life

I have been immersed in death literacy conversations and projects, including as a funeral celebrant. I have facilitated many discussions about the importance of accepting our mortality and, in doing so, being proactive in planning for our inevitable death. These conversations include encouraging our loved ones to take practical steps in planning for their deaths. We talk about advance care planning, wills, funeral service arrangements, preferences for cremation or burial, an indoor or outdoor funeral, and a traditional or cardboard coffin.

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Children at funerals
Children at funerals

We can all remember attending our first funeral service. Many thoughts go through our minds during the funeral service, whether it is a burial or cremation. Funeral directors are often asked about children

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a grieving mother and a funeral celebrant
A Grieving Mother

Wendi Murray is a funeral and wedding celebrant based in Sydney.   The following is an account of my personal experience as a grieving mother and

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