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July 17, 2019

Forget the Men's Shed; Join a Coffin Club!

 I came across an article in "The Atlantic" claiming New Zealanders love DIY coffins, suggesting that for the nearly departed there is a new bucket list entry; "Build your own…
July 17, 2019

Choosing a cemetery management system – 5 key considerations for smaller cemeteries

Implementing a modern cemetery management solution can be a great investment in the future for your cemetery, but what are the key things to weigh up in making this decision?…
July 16, 2019

CCANSW Selects Conference Venue, Orange NSW, 2019

The Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of NSW has selected the Mercure Orange and Greenhouse Room, Orange Ex-Services Club,  for its Conference to be held 14th November, 2019.
July 16, 2019

NSW Independent Planning Commission clears way for 136,000 plot cemetery.

The ABC reports The NSW Independent Planning Commission has ordered a local planning body to approve a massive new cemetery in the Campbelltown area in Sydney's south-west.
July 14, 2019

UK: Cat who brought comfort to others has his own cremation

 During the last 16 years, Ashley the cat has lived at the crematorium in Worthing, where he has brought many smiles to the staff who work there and also comforted…
July 14, 2019

8th August 2019 - Death Cafe at Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery

Thursday, 8th Aug 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm At a Death Café, people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death with the aim of helping people to make…
July 14, 2019

8th August 2019 - Dying to know day - Macquarie Park, Sydney

A national day of action initiated by the Groundswell Project to activate conversation and curiosity around the topic of death and dying.
July 07, 2019

The Australian Seniors Series: The Cost of Death

The new Australian Seniors Cost of Death Report, has revealed the staggering amount of money it costs to die in Australia. On average, Australians are paying $9403 for a burial, but…
June 30, 2019

Canada: The Little Spirits Gardens

The BBC reports on a unique garden that is helping Canadians  break a taboo that exists in many societies. It is allowing parents to talk openly about miscarriage. After Debbie…
June 30, 2019

Northcote Cemetery (VIC) Becomes Outdoor Classroom for Horticulturalists

Northcote Cemetery in Victoria is proving to be an exciting outdoor classroom for a group of young horticulturists-in-training with intellectual disabilities.  Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre provides a range of pre-accredited…
June 30, 2019

Police Association Victoria honours its founder

Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust hosted The Police Association Victoria this week as they gathered at Burwood Cemetery to commemorate Inspector Francis Heaney, a founding member of the association. Frank…
June 30, 2019

GMCT: Planting trees for a resilient city

Victoria's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was recently announced as an implementation partner for the ambitious Living Melbourne strategy developed with Resilient Melbourne and the Nature Conservancy for a greener, more…
June 30, 2019


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(Maidstone, June 27th 2019) – The Cremation Society has announced that Professor Hilary Grainger OBE has been elected as the next Chair of the Cremation Society. She will succeed retiring…
June 28, 2019

Port Macquarie Council community consultation on future of of Innes Memorial Park.

July will mark community consultation on the future of Innes Gardens Memorial Park Crematorium and Lawn Cemetery. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says it has committed to community consultation about the options…
June 27, 2019

Centennial Park invites you to enjoy colour in the gardens

We love watching our gardens change with the seasons.The weather may have turned cold and gloomy but there is still plenty of beautiful colour in our gardens. At the moment,…
June 27, 2019

17th July 2019 - Winter Warming Yoga at Centennial Park, Adelaide

Wed 17 July, 5.00pmCentennial Park, Adelaide Join Yogita Yoga indoors at Centennial Park for a FREE 45 minute, winter warming Yoga and Meditation session.
June 26, 2019

NSW Council acts to have families tidy their grave areas

It's been reported Kempsey Shire Council on the NSW mid-north coast has sent 100 letters to family members telling them they need to remove ornaments from graves, or staff will…
June 25, 2019

Matthew Kennedy's Tattooed Pottery Pots & Cremation Urns

Matthew S. Kennedy of California is the epitome of a self-made ceramicist. He has overcome huge personal obstacles to develop his uniquely beautiful tattooed pieces. Dubbed the “Clayslinger” by Tattoo Skin…
June 25, 2019

Immersive Digital Cemetery Software Obtains Facelift 2.0

Chronicle Announces Fully-Upgraded Interactive Mapping System June 19, 2019 - Melbourne, Australia - Chronicle, a visually focused cloud-based cemetery management and mapping software, designed specifically with the top-down approach has…
June 24, 2019

Attention ICT Specialists servicing the cemeteries, crematoria and bereavement sectors

The CCANSW is planning for its  next conference, to be held in Orange, New South Wales, AU, November 14th 2019. A key topic for the conference will be “Unearthing the…

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