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Funeral Facts & Myths

Breaking norms and exploring beautiful possibilities

Knowing more about funeral can do's

Let's face it, until we actually have to plan a funeral, we don't often know what's possible. We are also frequently held back by outdated beliefs. Take a read of articles that dispel common myths and open a world of possibilities.

Myth: People will know what to do with the ashes

Often, they don’t. In fact, ashes are often not collected and are eventually disposed of years later by the crematorium. There are several ways that cremated remains can be honored...

Myth: Instructions for burial or cremation are clear

Following death, the decision to cremate or bury is one of the earliest the family will face. It can be confronting. If instructions have been made clear, the decision is relativel...

Myth: Funerals should be held inside a church or funeral home

The law allows you to hold a funeral service almost anywhere. In your own home or Grandma’s garden. At the beach or local football club. In a forest or a cave. In your local pub. Y...

Myth: You must embalm the body

If there’s any decision people are likely to delegate to the funeral director, it is embalming. This practice of preserving and presenting the body is performed in America more tha...

Myth: There are lots of rules and regulations for funerals

While there are important tasks to be completed, such as registering the death, the truth is, there are very few rules that must be followed. Most things we see as ‘must-dos’ are s...

Myth: The funeral service must be conducted by a registered celebrant or officiant

It surprises many to learn that a funeral is not a legal event. That means there’s no law requiring you to have a registered celebrant or officiant. Regardless of what venue you se...

Myth: The deceased can’t be kept at home

It wasn’t long ago that when a person died, the only place they’d be found was at home. The family would wash and dress the body, place it in bed, then fill the room with candles a...

Myth: The body must be transported by the funeral director

Transport is required to the place of service, and from there to the place of committal. Today, this is done by the funeral director in a hearse or other vehicle, but in yesteryear...

Myth: Funerals can’t be environmentally friendly

There’s no doubt that traditional funerals are hard on the planet. According to the Green Burial Council, here’s what Americans put in the ground each year through traditional buri...

Myth: Food and drinks come after the service, and no alcohol

Some think it disrespectful to eat and drink during a funeral service, but is it really? Reality is, many of us celebrate life’s biggest milestones this way, and if this is how you...

Myth: A funeral will be expensive

It doesn’t have to be. But even if you don’t care about spending less, you may wish to save costs in some areas so you can spend more in others. There are a number of ways to alter...

Myth: A funeral must be held within a few days

When death comes to a loved one, it can be overwhelming. Amid the grief, there is suddenly a lot to do, and many decisions to make. Most people think a funeral must be held within...

Myth: A funeral is not an appropriate place for children

There are a number of meaningful and appropriate ways to involve children in a Great Goodbye. Readings and poems. A musical item. Decorating the casket. As the day progresses, you’...

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