A quirky yet practical look at the inevitable.

As much as we wish it wasn’t, death is part of life. By learning more about it, our mortality and ways to say goodbye, the inevitable becomes less confronting. This blog aims to reveal interesting, informative and sometimes quirky and fascinating facts and thoughts about end of life planning. It’s written by Australian journalist Lisa Herbert, author of The Bottom Drawer Book: The After Death Action Plan.

So put on your hat and some comfy shoes as we explore cemeteries, the world of funerals, death and dying, interesting graves and stories that need to be told.

Etched in stone: Cemeteries reveal a typhoid history

Few cemeteries don’t tell of a typhoid history. Very prevalent in the late 1890s, thankfully vaccination and improved sanitation means that typhoid is rare in developed countries. But the evidence of its aftermath remains etched in stone in our cemeteries.

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A memorial party? What will I wear?

When Ken Roberts was invited to a friend’s memorial party, he didn’t know what to wear. “There was plenty of food and drink and time to reflect and chat. I was amazed that three hours passed so very quickly. I thought it was a lovely, relaxed and genuine way to honour her life.”

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