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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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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

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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First Meeting with a Sydney Funeral Director
First Meeting with a Sydney Funeral Director

On top of this, your mind is likely in a state of shock and making even simple decisions can be a challenge. Navigating your way into the unknown territory of funeral services in Sydney can be an overwhelming experience before you’ve even started.

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Funeral Plans and Pre-paid funeral plans
Funeral Plans and Pre-paid funeral plans

Most Sydney funeral directors offer funeral plans. My advice to you is to tread carefully. Choosing a funeral plan can be as complex as working out which mobile phone contract you should take, and even worse than trying to decide which internet provider to use.

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Bob’s backyard funeral

Picaluna farewelled John Beverley in the backyard of his bushland home. Family, friends and neighbours gathered to say goodbye, bringing camping chairs and joining together

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Fire and Funerals

There’s nothing like sitting around a campfire telling stories and reflecting on the meaning of life.  The bright flames, burning embers, the sound of crackling

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Flower Power

At Picaluna Beautiful Funerals we believe in creating truly unique and personalised farewells.  As such, we understand the power of flowers in ceremony and work

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Infant Funerals

This is going to be a really hard post to read. It’s even harder for me to attempt to put into wordsthat will encourage the

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Funeral Webstreaming

Saying goodbye during lockdown The world it seems has changed forever since the arrival of COVID19. Rather than stop on the street to say hello,

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Speaking out to beat cancer

Hundreds of people gathered at Collaroy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to farewell a popular 22-year-old tradie whose death shocked the whole community. Dylan Butler went

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Jayne’s Journey

Sometimes we meet people who have a deep and profound impact on us at Picaluna. Jayne Bernstam taught us so much as she carefully and

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Wings and Wheels

Patrick was a popular and respected colleague at Flight Centre in Sydney where he worked for 19 years. A devoted father and motorbike enthusiast, family

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Manly Daily: Farewelling John

Original article here: Manly Daily website John Beverley was an artist behind the collectable Arnott’s tins Sarah Swain, Manly Daily November 28, 2017   AN

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