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Sharon Hunter - September 2021

Myth: There are lots of rules and regulations for funerals

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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 simply cultural and religious protocols.

This means almost every part of the funeral service can be shaped as you see fit. The venue, ceremony, music, food, meaningful rituals – each can be tailored to create a unique and memorable Great Goodbye. For example, instead of delegating to a funeral director, you might wash, dress and care for your loved one at home. You could play music, light candles, and have family and friends visit.

Or, you might not hold a funeral at all. Sometimes families elect to forgo a service with the casket and instead hold a memorial (a service without the body) to honour the passing of a life. This might be held close to the time of the death, or some time later. With no casket, you can explore different ways to say goodbye.

The point is, there are no rules. Just lots of encouragement from Great Goodbyes to create the kind of farewell that suits you best.

"Almost every part of the funeral service can be shaped as you see fit."

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