Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Planning for Funeral No Longer Taboo Topic Preparing Today Can Savemoneytomorrow; Aussies Now Willing to Plan Their Farewell

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Planning for Funeral No Longer Taboo Topic Preparing Today Can Savemoneytomorrow; Aussies Now Willing to Plan Their Farewell

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Byline: KATHY SUNDSTROM

YOU might not like it. We'd all prefer not to talk about it. But the sad truth is a[degrees] it is going to happen.

Whether it is in 80 years time or tomorrow, we are all going to die.

And when that happens, will your family know what kind of send-off you hoped for? Will they have the money to pay for it?

Sunshine Coast funeral homes say the cost of a burial varies between $6000 and $8000 while the cost of a cremation is less, about $5000.

But, as Royce Weight from Gregson and Weight so eloquently puts it: "Asking the cost of a funeral is a bit like saying how much does a wedding cost?a

Mr Weight's family has been in the funeral business for more than a century a since the days of the horse-drawn hearse.

And, for him, death is simply a apart of lifea.

While amost peoplea do not have funeral plans which ensure all arrangements are paid in advance, Mr Weight said many people knew awhat they want to have donea.

Christine Wellfare, from White Lady Funeral Homes, said a alot more people were preparing themselvesa in the past five years.

"They are pre-arranging their funeral plans so they don't leave this burden for their own family," Ms Wellfare said.

"They talk about what they would like to have. This could be because there has been a lot more public notice about the fact you can do this.

"In the past, people were a lot more reluctant to talk about it. Now people are looking at their options."

It is not just a case of choosing a coffin or the songs you would like to have played. There are many other important considerations when planning a funeral.

FOR example, have you given any consideration to the idea of having a viewing?

Ms Wellfare said about 65% of her clients chose this as a comforting way of saying a final agoodbyea.

"This went through a bit of change as it wasn't done nicely a long time ago and people used to have bad memories of viewings," she said. …

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