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Why livestreaming funerals is becoming normal

Our lives have changed in recent years; the global pandemic has driven many people to stay at home and avoid travel. Even as we return to a “new normal,” not everything has gone back to how it was. Life has slowed down, but it has not ceased. People must continue to work, communicate with their […]

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The Benefits of a Pre-paid Funeral

Planning a funeral can be as smooth as silk with every family member in perfect harmony as they farewell their loved-one. Or it can be chaotic and messy, with every individual having different ideas about how the funeral should be organised. Therefore more and more people are considering prepaid funeral plans as part of their […]

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Why do people request outdoor funerals?

An outdoor funeral service is a fitting memorial for someone who enjoys being outside. Some of our own facilities have outdoor funeral areas within the memorial gardens but we can also do these at your favorite park, beach, farm or retreat as long as we can get permission. We may host an outdoor funeral ceremony […]

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What to wear to a funeral?

According to Brett Gow, ‘Almost anything you want, as long as it is respectful’.   Brett is a 3rd generation funeral director and Managing Director of Alex Gow Funerals, Brisbane’s oldest and most respected funeral home.   “A lot has changed. 40 years ago, most funerals were held in churches officiated by clergy, and it […]

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Understanding Funeral Planning

  A lot of people confuse Funeral Planning and Funeral Pre-planning, but they aren’t that different, with timing being the main variant.  Funeral Planning generally relates to loss of life, usually recent, but sometimes imminent. To put it simply, if mum or dad has just passed away or the doctor has suggested that they may […]

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS WHEN YOU DIE?

We’re often told to be careful what we post online, as it will be there forever – even when you die. In the age of social media, everyone’s digital life remains available after their deaths. However, what each social media platform does with accounts when its users pass away varies – and also depends on […]

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Grief Care – Walking the Wilderness Together

THE CHALLENGE FOR MANY CAREGIVERS IS TO STAY ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE WILDERNESS WITHOUT CONSCIOUSLY OR UNCONSCIOUSLY DEMANDING OR PROJECTING A DESIRE FOR RESOLUTION. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE IS A TENDENCY TO BE ATTACHED TO OUTCOME, NOT OPEN TO OUTCOME. Going into the wilderness of the soul with another human being is anchored in walking […]

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Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning

Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning by Dr Alan Wolfelt   Alongside the physical pandemic, the novel coronavirus is causing a pandemic of grief. That’s what we’re all feeling right now—grief. It’s important to recognize that. Grief is everything we think and feel inside of us whenever our attachments are threatened, harmed, or severed. […]

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COVID-19 – Changed Guidelines for Funeral Services and Refreshments

Alex Gow Funerals takes our responsibility seriously when it comes to caring for our clients, staff and the local community. Caring for their mental health is as important as their physical health. We recognise that a funeral service is an important part of the grieving process and for as long as the Federal Government will […]

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Funerals in the time of Coronavirus: Thoughts for Families

By Dr Alan Wolfelt Needless to say, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is a challenging time for everyone. But if someone you love has died, it is likely that the current social distancing orders and travel restrictions are making funeral planning especially difficult for your family. Losing a loved one is hard enough. Losing a […]

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Alex Gow Funerals sponsors Cleveland Bowls Christmas Event

Angela Hall, Manager of the Alex Gow Funerals Cleveland office, enjoyed a wonderful prize-giving day at the Cleveland Bowls Club. The 2019 Christmas event was attended by over 130 people from around the Redlands area. Here are some photos of the winners including the overall Christmas dress-up winners. The players said they were so grateful […]

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Alex Gow partners with St John Qld to help seniors at home

Most people know of our commitment to helping the seniors members of our community through our various aged care centre programmes and of course, our popular puzzle books that encourage participation and brain activity, especially in your later years. These books are delivered free every quarter to nursing homes, aged care facilities and retirement villages. […]

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A MEAL DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Sometimes the pressures of life bought about by ill-health, loss of a loved one, a disability or depression impact on our motivation, desire or ability to cook. Often, it’s the last thing we can or want to do and our sense of independence can be challenged by admitting we might need a little help. A […]

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Loss & Grief Bursary for those who work with the bereaved

Do you know someone who works with the bereaved? You may want to let them know about this great opportunity to win a $3000 education bursary. Alex Gow Funerals is committed to supporting those who care for the bereaved, particularly those who work in aged care. Alex Gow has now created this bursary specifically to […]

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Remembering a loved one with a celebratory wake

Wakes: From Past to Present Holding a wake for a loved one who’s passed on is an old and beloved tradition, but today’s wakes bear little resemblance to the wakes of our ancestors. While, historically, wakes were solemn vigils intended to watch over and protect a loved one from the time they passed until their […]

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How to Help a Friend Through Grief

Grief is awkward and difficult; it’s something we tend to shy away from if we can help it. If you have never experienced grief, you may be at a loss to know what to say or do. Here are some hints from someone who has been there and come out the other side stronger. You […]

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Alex Gow helps in the community

Alex Gow services the community in many different ways. Apart from our traditional funeral and cremation services, the business also provides many free activities to assist seniors. These include: End of Life Planning Grief & Bereavement Support Family Support Event sponsorship Art workshops, and Community Education These programmes are run by our own wonderful staff, […]

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Win $100 Coles Voucher with Alex Gow Puzzle Books

As part of our community service programme, Alex Gow Funerals produces an exciting range of FREE puzzle books for senior citizens to help keep the brain active and alert. Our puzzle books are published quarterly and each month one lucky reader has a chance to win a $100 Coles Voucher. It is so easy, just […]

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The power of music at funerals

In all societies, music is collective and communal. Music brings and binds us together and although we generally think of music as entertainment, we often overlook its power to evoke emotions. When it comes to funeral ceremonies, music plays a vital role. It is an important part of celebrating the life of a lost loved […]

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Having ‘that talk’ with your parents

For most of your life, your parents have been there to help and nurture you, to love and support you, but as they get older these roles tend to reverse. This is when you have the opportunity to help and steer them in the right direction when it comes to ensuring that their final years […]

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Alex Gow Funerals kicks off Bowls sponsorship with some shenanigans at Sandgate

Last week Alex Gow kicked off our 2019 Bowls Sponsorship season with a great day at Sandgate Bowls Club. It was a real privilege to sponsor the Ladies Saint Patricks Day Bowls Event which was a whole lot of fun with everyone getting into the Irish festive mood. The Club hosted teams from Sandgate, Pine Rivers Bowls […]

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New $3000 Bursary from Alex Gow to help nurses studying Aged & Palliative Care

As an organisation, Alex Gow Funerals has become increasingly aware that those who have now reached the twilight of their lives deserve the best of care so they can spend their final years with the dignity that a life well-lived warrants. With this in mind, and to assist those who work with our aged, Alex […]

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Owning our own crematoriums offers greater flexibility

Since 1840, Alex Gow Funerals has been recognised as an industry leader, taking the funeral business in South East Queensland to all new levels of care and quality. A big part of our growth and market strength has been the acquisition of 2 major crematoria and memorial gardens. With Great Northern Garden of Remembrance in the North […]

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Customer feedback is always so valuable

“Sometimes it is the customer feedback you get that reassures you that you are doing things right” – Brett Gow, Managing Director We wanted to share this as an example of the positive feedback we get from customers. It highlights the extent our staff go to, to ensure the families we help, get through the […]

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Be sure your preplanning is complete

We plan for every aspect of life. Weddings, having a family, schooling, holidays, and even our retirement are all planned out perfectly. We even plan and prepare for what might happen such as fires, accidents or storms by taking out insurance but because most of us do not like to think about death – we seem to avoid making important funeral decisions in advance. […]

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Healing your holiday grief

Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration by Alex Gow Funerals consultant Dr Alan D. Wolfelt. If you could go back in time and relive a special holiday, which one would you choose? Close your eyes for a moment and think about this holiday. Now, slowly, walk through this memory in your mind. What made it […]

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Bursary for Aged and Palliative Care Nurses

Being part of a community means that we care for one another regardless of age, race or creed. At Alex Gow Funerals supporting our community is paramount and is shown in the way we provide service to and care for our families. For over 170 years our mission has remained unchanged, to care for the […]

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Christmas cakes for elderly

This Christmas Alex Gow Funerals will again donate and distribute over 200 Lions Christmas cakes to Aged Care Facilities and Community Groups throughout Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Logan and the Ipswich regions. The Lions Christmas Cake program has been a major fundraising project of Lions Australia since 1965 and has raised more than $56mill. The […]

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Grieving Vs Mourning

GRIEVING VS. MOURNING By Alex Gow Funerals consultant & specialist author Alan Wolfelt. I often remind myself that there is no love without loss. And there is no integration of loss without the experience of mourning. Your capacity to love requires the necessity to mourn. To deny the significance of mourning would be to believe […]

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Surprise visits for aged-care homes

Alex Gow reports – Aged-care homes set for surprise visits According to News Qld, hundreds of new inspectors will spring surprise visits on aged care homes across the country in a bid to catch out substandard facilities. In-depth audits, where inspectors show up unannounced, will increase more than four times in Queensland in the next […]

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