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Funerals are not a topic that many would prefer to avoid unless absolutely necessary, and for good reason. Planning what’ll happen for one’s death even while one lives and breathes is naturally uncomfortable.
For the most part, Aussies have been reticent about what they want to happen about their remains, but experts in the country have urged people to prepare for their demise for the sake of their loved ones, who are often left to make decisions about funeral arrangements while dealing with grief.Aussies have heeded the advice, and have even gone so far to seek out more imaginative ways to bid the mortal coil farewell, beyond the standard cremation urns and coffins.
For those looking for a more colorful way to pass on, Ashes to Ashes offers to turn people’s ashes into fireworks. Company owner Craig Hull says that he started this offer after noticing that the market had a gap in it, and that firework funerals are a beautiful way to help the loved ones left behind celebrate the departed’s life.
A cremation usually creates about 3kg of ash, which are then embedded into fireworks, all of it getting shot up into the air, which can be choreographed to a fireworks showcase to a music of choice for the families.The service costs anywhere between $5,500-$9,500, depending on the council permits needed in your residence.
Developed by Natural Grace several years ago, this process bathes the body of the departed in warm water and essential oils, before wrapping it in cotton cloth, or any cloth meaningful to them, before being cremated. They are then put into biodegradable cremation urns, which are then buried, letting them break down over time and, as the owner of Natural Grace says, go back to Earth.A shroud bearer can cost as little as $300, plus the ~$150 urn, compared to the usual costs which sit at around $675.
A more technological and sentimental way to go, this way has rhombus-shaped cremation urns, dubbed the ModUrn and its smaller cousin the Memento, that holds your ashes and can synch to the smartphones and tablets of your loved ones, capable of sending messages, photos, and even things like recipes, medical records and other key documents. It allows people to pass on the things that people tend to lose when they die.
The ModUrn holds ashes, and starts at $945, while the storage device, Memento, starts at $195, and there’s even an option of having a smart urn for pets, which starts at about $295.
Funeral directors are deliberating about their decision on whether to stop attending to devastating road crashes. A representative of their organization said that these undertakers are complaining because of the unfair payment they received from doing the service. This is one of the responsibilities that even a funeral director in Sydney is not willing to undertake but it is quite common in Ireland.
The representative added that funeral directors who handle these car crashes are sometimes having trouble sleeping because of the gory details they have seen on the site of the accident. Some of them are even forced to spend their own money when attending to these road accidents.
A representative from the Irish Association Funeral Directors’ public relations, Colm Kieran, said that the rate of the fee paid to the undertakers is decided by their respective county council. The issue is that members are not satisfied with the compensation they receive.
He added that every time they conduct regional meetings and workshops all over the country, the recurring issue that is always presented is the payments the funeral directors receive when they handle the deceased resulting from car accidents.
This is pushing them to their limits thus they are thinking about not doing it anymore. He explained more about the typical responsibility of a funeral director and how it can impact them personally.
Mr. Kieran said that for those doing business in the rural area, a funeral director works more than his fair share. He is the one called during road accidents to act as a representative of the coroner and he is also the one to transport the deceased body in order to undergo post-mortem.
The funeral director calls one of his colleagues to accompany him to the site of the accident without certainty as to what they will witness. Majority of the time, they will have trouble seeping because of the fatal scene they saw.
They also have to pay for the costs incurred during the call to service which a funeral director in Sydney thinks is unfair since they should be compensated for it. They are purchasing the body bag and paying for the colleague they came with to the scene. This is why the organization is trying to convince the councils to have a standard rate which will be followed nationwide.