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.
The location of the missing remains of hundreds Brisbane Mental Hospital patients has been identified. Former hospital worker Ferg Brindley, now 90, shared his memories with journalist and author Lisa Herbert.
A report into Australian consumer perceptions and experiences of funerals reveals that we want to honour our loved one’s wishes, but individually we don’t make detailed plans for the people we leave behind.
Guest blogger and family historian Daryn Sibley writes about finding his 4x grandfather’s grave in a cemetery that was being sold.
The sites of Wolston Park Mental Hospital’s forgotten cemeteries have been included on the Queensland Heritage Register.
2021 was a big year for the Australian funeral industry and many of the developments didn’t get the attention they deserved. Several funeral companies were fined for misleading behaviour and states held mirrors to their funeral regulation. The consumer watchdog also released a report into the funeral sector, identifying pricing and transparency issues.
A spotlight was shone on Australia’s funeral industry in 2021, but much of the hard work flew under the radar. Several Australian looked at the regulation of the industry and improving consumer outcomes.