Rethinking the Bucket List

Rethinking the Bucket List

  We’ve seen the movie; we reference it in everyday conversation; and we tag our tweets #YOLO (you only live once). It’s the Bucket List and it compels us to swim with dolphins, visit Disneyland, learn Spanish, and cook our way through recipe books. It’s about living life to the full and experiencing what the Read More …


Headstones

The how to guide for Headstones

    A headstone will memorialise a loved one in perpetuity. The design should not only reflect your loved one’s personal tastes, but could represent the way in which they lived their life.   When the time comes to decide you’ll be faced with many questions – “Where do I start?,” “What type of headstones Read More …


Will your life insurance payment go where you want it to?

  Often the time between starting a life insurance policy and making a claim can be quite lengthy. This can mean the person who owned your policy when you started it may not allow the money at claim time to do the job you want to do.   This could be due to your life changes such Read More …


How Funeral Celebrants help with the Grief Process

  When someone close to you dies, it can feel like entering a parallel universe, where time takes on another quality.   You will be having conversations you previously never gave much thought to. Uncomfortable conversations with strangers at a stressful and emotional time. Decisions must be made. Decisions around planning the funeral, the most important part Read More …


What happens to digital assets after you die?

  As we now rely heavily on technology we need to ensure that our “digital identities” are taken into consideration when we are dealing with estate planning matters.   Digital assets include electronically stored data that is either owned or a person has contractual rights to use.   For example, what happens to your Hotmail Read More …


Three things to stop doing when organising a funeral

Three things to stop doing when organising a funeral

  I received a phone call earlier this week from a lady organising a funeral for her loved one.   We had a great conversation around her family, culture and exactly what she was looking for. We also talked through a range of options and advice.   Three key things came from this conversation I thought Read More …


Making money matters easier when a loved one is terminally ill

When you have a loved one going through the process of dying their day-to-day money matters carry on. For some trying to manage, this can become a burden not only for them but often also for those closest to them.   Joint Bank Accounts   One way to manage this is to have a joint bank account Read More …


Burial or Cremation? What international research tells us

For 72% of New Zealanders (and increasing) the answer is: Cremation. Let’s see how New Zealand compares with international rates and trends.   Cremation Rates Internationally   Wow – who knew that Japan’s cremation rate was almost 100%. New Zealand is also getting up there at 72% and the general trend is cremation rates are on the Read More …


The healing power of flowers for funerals

  Should I send flowers? It’s a question commonly asked by people about to attend a funeral. On the one hand you want to show support for friends and family, and flowers are a great way to do that. On the other hand, you’re sure flowers are going to be in abundant supply at the Read More …


Why choosing the right funeral venue is important

Many families rush through organising a funeral for their loved one. For some reason New Zealanders have this crazy idea that funerals should be held within 3 days following the death of their loved one. Slow down.   Much of the international literature on funerals and grief highlights the need for families to take their Read More …