Allowing yourself time to work through your grief, some people feel better in a few weeks or months others may take several years, whatever your grief experience it is important to be patient. Everyone express grief differently, grief can be like a roller coaster full of ups and downs, difficult periods should become less intense as time goes by.

It is important to realise that coping with grief is normal and necessary. It is natural to experience feelings of sorrow, denial, anger, fear, shock, depression, guilt and confusion.


When it comes to coping with grief, like adults, children will react to death individually. Children need answers to their questions that are honest and easy to understand. They too, benefit from having an outlet for their tears and emotions, and for their feelings to be accepted without criticism. It is important children are given clear explanations about what has happened and what is going to happen.

Explaining the process of a funeral or cremation, a hug and some quiet time with a parent or close relative can help a child who is feeling frightened and insecure. coping with grief is a normal emotion for everyone and will abate with time.


A funeral is an important step in the grieving process, as well as an opportunity to honour the life of a loved one. It offers family and friends a caring, supportive avenue in which to express and share feelings and thoughts about the deceased.

It is often helpful for children to attend the funeral service as they need to say their goodbyes in the same way as adults. However, this decision is a personal one and is ultimately up to the parents or guardian. WT Howard Funerals will help you to address this situation in the way that suits your family best.

A funeral service provides an opportunity to pay tribute to a loved one. It not only allows time to express grief but also to celebrate the life of someone we love. There are many ways to express grief and to celebrate the loved one’s life. WT Howard Funerals offers guidance and advice on these very personal matters, with care and dignity.

A viewing can help you grieve and come to terms with what has happened. It is really an individual choice; some people wish to see their loved one for last time, but some wish to remember how they last spent time with them in life.

Sometimes religious beliefs will determine if a person is cremated or buried. If the wishes of the deceased are known, these should be followed – otherwise, the decision is made by the family.

Eulogies take various forms and styles, one method is to think about your loved ones lives in 7-year blocks, ie birth to 7 years, 7 to 14 years etc. think of the highlights from these years, ask family members, or family friends for there input and contributions. Follow this link for additional suggestions on writing a eulogy.

The coffin, handles, decorations and personal items are all cremated along with the body.

Ashes can be collected directly from a crematorium or arrangements can be made for the ashes to be collected from the funeral director.

You can arrange your own funeral, personalise and determine the details of the funeral. Contact us for more information or ask for a free brochure to be sent to you or alternatively, you can call or drop into one of our offices.

The original death certificate from the registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will be ready in approximately 5-7 days after lodgement from Sydney. Lodgement of a death with the registry doesn’t occur until after a funeral burial or cremation service is complete, not before.

24 hours 7 days per week.

Liaise with clergy/celebrant and coordinate church requirements for all denominations

Facilities and modern vehicle to effect transfer to our mortuary.

Private arrangement conference facilities.

Use of private viewing rooms as needed.

A wide selection of coffins, caskets and memorial urns.

Procurement of necessary certificates from doctor or hospital.

Obtaining of necessary cremation certificate and arranging additional certificates from specially qualified practitioners.

Liaison with crematorium or councils for reservation of time and grave requirements and ashes interments.

Fulfilling any wishes concerning Lodge, RSL, etc.

Completion of registration with Government Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Preparing and inserting notices in the press and radio.

Ordering of floral tributes for family and friends upon request.

Notification to head office CENTRLINK, Sydney.

Experienced funeral directors with trained, courteous staff for constant attention during the funeral.

Prestige funeral Hearse’s.

Provision of National flag where appropriate.

Trained staff to give confidential advice and guidance on all matters concerning funerals, funeral procedures and funeral costs.