Macqueen's Funerals News

Changes to Funeral Restrictions

May 27, 2020As of June 1, the restrictions on funeral attendance will be eased again. We will now be able to have 50 mourners at both indoor and outdoor funerals (excluding the officiant and funeral staff) but social distancing requirements still apply. An indoor venue must still allow for 4 square metres per person. This will mean...
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Update to COVID-19 Restrictions

May 12, 2020From Wednesday onward COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed in Victoria. Thanks to the efforts of the community, the curve has been flattened and the spread of coronavirus in Australia has been slowed. What this means for funerals is that we will now be able to have 20 mourners at indoor services and 30 at outdoor...
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Funeral Restrictions

March 25, 2020Funerals are meant to be the coming together of families and communities to pay tribute to a life that has touched our own; a time to offer support and comfort to one another in a time of grief.   At the moment, for the health and safety of everyone, this is not possible in the...
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Covid-19 Precautions for Funerals

March 17, 2020The health and wellbeing of the client families and community we serve, as well as our caring team at Macqueen’s Funerals, is our highest priority. We also need to be very aware of the contact we have with others and how that may affect extended family and friends, particularly the elderly. We are monitoring the...
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Tips for Funeral Attendees

September 7, 2019Turn off your phone We’ve all experienced a mobile phone going off when it’s not supposed to: the sudden harried fumbling on behalf of the phone owner; the other mourners politely pretending that the service hasn’t been interrupted; the speaker valiantly pressing forward. Nobody wants that embarrassment. Make sure your phone is switched to silent or turned off...
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Terang’s Modern Mortuary Parlour

December 14, 2018From the Terang Express, 17th August 1951 With many thanks to the Terang & District Historical Society Inc One of the most modern mortuary parlors in Victoria has just been completed by Mr. K. L. Macqueen, a Terang funeral director. Located in High Street, it is an imposing double-storey brick structure. The interior of the...
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Grave Goods

July 19, 2018They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same.   I remember back in high school (a very long time ago now) learning about the Egyptians as part of a unit on ancient civilisations. We listened with a little bit of horror as the teacher described the process of mummification.  ...
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The Changing Face of Funerals

November 22, 2017I mentioned on our Facebook page not long ago that we’d begun digitalising old records and how interesting it was to see how things had changed over 70 years. I thought today that I’d go a little bit further into that. This information is specific to our district. As far as the funeral service itself goes,...
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Death in Japan

October 6, 2017When I was living in Japan, my apartment complex was across the street from a cemetery. This wasn’t uncommon as small graveyards are dotted throughout towns and cities, sometimes attached to a shrine or temple but also independent of either.     When I first moved into the apartment in the middle of summer, the...
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The Power of Social Media – from a media sceptic (no more)

September 25, 2017I am so humbled! Last week I suggested to our staff that we start our own business Facebook page. This page….. It went “live” on Wednesday, thanks to staff that aren’t afraid to have a go. (They’re a bit younger than me!) I am so overwhelmed by what has happened since then. Our first post...
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