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The Climate Emergency: What Changes Can Crematoria, Funeral Homes and Cemeteries Make to Protect Our Environment?

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It is impossible to put a price on the comfort which services like burials and cremations have brought to the bereaved in the last few hundred years. However, recently, we have become increasingly aware of the unintended consequences of some of these actions and the negative impacts that they are having on our environment. We will be discussing thi...
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Leading the Bereavement Sector to Sustainability

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On 17th February, The FBCA, (Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities) and OpusXenta held the first webinar in our environmental series highlighting the environmental impact of the bereavement services sector. We opened the conversation and looked at what changes that funeral directors, crematoria and cemeteries alike can all make to protect ...
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Tech at the Front Lines: How Technology can Address Changing Consumer Needs

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Safety, convenience, and affordability: almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, these timeless values have translated into crucial necessities. Throughout the last year, we have seen fundamental shifts in consumer behavior that have changed the way customers and businesses interact. Many of these changes will likely continue to be with us long af...
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New Year, New Start. Five Things You Can Do NOW to Energize your Business for 2021

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Essential. Vital. Connected.  While those words have always held true for the funeral industry, clearly, they were all a bit more challenging to realize in 2020. But the new year presents new opportunities to remain essential, vital, and connected and, in the process, energize your business. The pandemic has made us react to what happened. But...
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Who is Buried in Your Cemetery?

Who is Buried in Your Cemetery?
Most cemeteries, even small ones, have someone of interest buried on site. Maybe it's a local poet. Maybe it's a war hero. Maybe it's a famous celebrity. However, if no one knows that individual is buried in your cemetery, then you're less likely to receive visitors such as cemetery tourists, historians, or distant relatives. Cemetery mapping can c...
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The Value of Embracing Change

The Value of Embracing Change
The Death Care sector is one of intrigue to those outside of its bubble. There are multiple skills required to 'make good' the experience of death for the bereaved. From bookkeeping to bereavement support, the community looks to Funeral Directors, Celebrants, Cemeteries, and Crematoriums, not to mention the florists and caterers, and video streamin...
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Shifting the Status Quo: Disruption Leads to Opportunities in Industry

Looking to 2021
The only thing good about 2020 is it's coming to an end. Right? Actually, taken in perspective, it could also be considered the year of opportunities. This year, the death care industry was completely consumed with navigating the new normal brought on by the pandemic. In addition to dealing with caring for the dead, there were new protocols to lear...
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Cemetery Maps for Walking Tours, Remembrance Events, and Cemetery Tourism

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When we think of tourism, we think of crowded beaches, bustling cities, and stunning vistas; we do not always think of cemeteries. The concept of tourism centers on the element of fun. Cemeteries hold the complete opposite sentiment, and yet, cemetery tourism is on the rise. Because of this fact, cemeteries are seeking new ways to support their ope...
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Famous Australian’s and their final resting place, part II

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This is our second blog looking at famous Australian and where they are buried. After the public mourning and responses to famous dying rarely do we think about what happened next, where are they buried, or were they cremated - do we even know? For some people their interest in cemeteries can see them visit many cemeteries, some famous and some not...
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Interesting Christmas Traditions

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We all have our special Christmas traditions to celebrate the holiday and spending time with our family and friends - but some countries seem to have very interesting traditions - terrifying even! FINLAND - VISIT A CEMETERY In Finland, the family is very likely to take a trip to a cemetery. The purpose is to light candles in remembrance of dec...
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What Melbourne can learn from Scandinavian cemeteries

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The point of this trip: To find out why… a) Scandinavian nations keep winning happiness polls, and; b) They are threatening to take Melbourne's 'most liveable city' title away from us. And we've discovered one clear discrepancy: Cemeteries. Green, open and peaceful, Ross and John have visited two cemeteries, both of which host picnics and various o...
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Interesting Cemetery FAQs

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What do you call the caretaker of a cemetery?  A sexton is the office of the person or persons who are in charge of a cemetery. They are often referred to as the caretaker of a cemetery. Churches also have a sexton for the maintenance of the church building and/or the surrounding graveyard. In larger buildings, such as cathedrals, a team of se...
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5 of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring cemeteries in the world

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These magnificent graveyards, while associated with grief and sadness, impart a feeling of great hope. Cemeteries are often associated with grieving and sadness. But a visual tour of the world's most beautiful cemeteries shows that they can actually be awe-inspiring. From the tree-lined alleys of Paris Père Lachaise to the moss-covered graveyards o...
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The Cemetery and Funeral Industry is Changing

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Some of these changes might surprise you. Our society has seen rapid change in the last few centuries, all aspects of our lives have been impacted, and the cemetery and funeral industry is no different. As customer expectation changes, and the 'traditional norms' are no-longer restricting how we chose to do things, and our increasingly secular soci...
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Famous Australian’s and their final resting place

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History celebrates the lives of famous Australians, and sometimes even their deaths if they are interesting or unique enough – but when are we taught about how and where our famous Australians were laid to rest? Our cultural heroes are celebrated and revered during their lives and funerals, but few of us really dwell on what happened next, where we...
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Cimetière Saint-Pierre France's third-largest necropolis offers a peaceful respite from a busy port city.

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France's third-largest cemetery offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of Marseille. While strolling around the sprawling graveyard, it feels as though time has stopped and the noise and movement of the city have disappeared. Though the Cimetière Saint-Pierre (Saint Peter's Cemetery) is one of France's largest cemeteries, it certainly...
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