Are “Happy” Funerals Hindering the Grieving Process?

Matthew KwokaGrieving

Grieving Approach

Many of us choose to look at funerals as a celebration of life, rather than a mourning of the loss of someone close. This view is often taken as a way to shine a positive light on one of the hardest times in our lives. However, a recent study has found that this positive outlook may be hindering the grieving process for our loved ones and prolonging the mourning phase. … Read More

Holding a Viewing Before the Funeral

Matthew KwokaGrieving

dandilion flower

Along with choosing the right flowers for the funeral service and appropriate music selection, one of the biggest decisions we can make when planning a loved one’s funeral is whether or not to hold a viewing as part of the service. For many cultures, the viewing of the body plays a significant role in the memorial and for others is an essential step in the grieving process. The decision whether … Read More

Popular Music Choices for Funerals

Matthew KwokaGrieving

funeral service music

When attending a funeral service, in addition to the flowers we choose, the music we hear is often the best representation of our loved one’s personality. Music has the unique power to bring a group of people together and to aptly embody the spirit of the deceased during a service. There are usually three songs played at a funeral – during the service entry, the exit and throughout reflection. Moving … Read More

Show your Loved Ones you are thinking of them this Holiday Season

Matthew KwokaGrieving

Christmas Wreath Decorations

Christmas time and the summer holidays are a magical time of year where friends and families come together to celebrate and bring in the New Year. It’s a time for joy, hope and remembrance. When we see children’s eyes light up on Christmas morning or gather with friends on New Years Eve to reflect on the past year, everything just feels right. However, we also know that same glimmer can … Read More

Month In Review – Nov ’15

Matthew KwokaServices

November Funeral Recap

Well what a Month it’s been for funeral services in Sydney! With one of the most revealing and damaging assessments of the funeral insurance industry conducted by ASIC it’s no wonder we have received an unprecedented number of inquiries on pre-paid funerals Is Funeral Insurance Wise – ASIC says be careful! If you or someone you know is seriously considering Funeral Insurance. Be sure to check out the latest recommendation … Read More

ASIC cautions against Funeral Insurance

Matthew KwokaPrepaid

Funeral Insurance

We recently came across a Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) report on the funeral insurance industry (published Oct ’15) which showed 80% of the policies sold in 2014 were cancelled during the within the next 12 months, with the cost of premiums being the main reason. The report revealed sharp rises in premiums for Australians aged 50 years or older. With people aged 80 to 84 paying up-to four … Read More

How to choose the right flowers for a Funeral

Matthew KwokaGrieving

Choosing Funeral Flowers

If there is one thing that’s true with all funeral services, it’s incredibly difficult to know what to say when it comes to personal loss. Do you offer words of sympathy? Do you try to relate to the person’s grief? Sometimes it’s just hard to find the right words. Often the best way for families and family members to express their sympathy and honour their loved one is through a … Read More

14 Of The Most Powerful Death & Dying Quotes Ever Written

Matthew KwokaGrieving

writing funeral quote

What would be your last words if you knew your time was up? Since the beginning of time, people have been expressing their thoughts on death in many, many ways. In fact, much of our social culture and great works of art are rooted in the philosophies, mystery and discussion surrounding death. Without question the most powerful words about death exist in quotes and if you have ever had to … Read More

4 Things Funeral Directors will never reveal about themselves

Matthew KwokaServices

independent funeral director

Having worked in the funeral services profession for the better half of my life, the one thing you find is that typically people know very little about who we are and what we do. Don’t get me wrong, this can be a good thing, because hopefully it means they haven’t had to experience much loss in their life. Although like anything, there will come a time in life when you … Read More

The Value of Professional Funeral Services – Sydney Experts List What You Need to Know

Matthew KwokaServices

Sydney Opera House

Remembering a loved one is a very personal experience. But more often than not, you will need professional help in order to give your loved one the memorial they so deserve. It’s wise to ask for and accept help when you’re grieving. The help may come from family and friends who care about you, from neighbours and colleagues who want to show their concern, and from the communities and individuals … Read More