A Brief Insight On The History Of Funerals In Australia


The term undertaker or funeral directors in Sydney refer to the person/s who takes responsibility for funeral arrangements. Families seek assistance from funeral directors so that fitting funeral arrangements can be made. They trust the funeral director to take care of all the necessary details as they grieve their loss.

Funerals before the First World War were totally different from what people know today. A big difference was due to the population particularly since Australia has a different demographic. It is not the elderly that made up most deaths but infants.But since Australia is a Christian country, death was accepted as inevitable with family reunions in the next life.

Before WWI, funerals were more ornate and the focus was on the celebration of the life of the deceased. There was also strong emphasis on the beauty of cemeteries; an example is the Rook wood Cemetery that has relaxing and enjoyable grounds.

Embalming also started to grow to preserve the body and improve its beauty for viewing. However, funerals started to be stripped of its beauty as many Australian soldiers who died were never recovered or identified. Mass graves became common because in the haste to bury the body, a proper funeral was no longer possible. As funerals changed, cremation became a popular option.

Before WWI, families organized and carried out the funeral of the deceased. After the war, families started to opt for the professional undertakers to do the work. Funeral homes became bigger with undertakers taking care of the dead behind the scenes. Mortuaries were improved as well as the quality of the funeral service.

Funerals were simplified and grief was privatized. While women will still grieve openly, men maintained the strong pattern of male silence. The focus now is to celebrate life and honouring the dead.

Today, funeral directors in Sydney continue to work behind the scenes. They make sure that all funeral arrangements are made according to the wishes of the family. Funeral homes offer different options from the traditional burial to cremation including non-religious ceremonies. The funeral director works side by side with the family to ensure that they have everything they want for the departed loved one.

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