Removing some of the fear of the unknown around what is often a taboo subject is one of the aims of an upcoming open day at John Hossack Funeral Services in Albury.
The open day, to be held on Saturday, February 22, 10am to 2pm, will include tours where fully trained and experienced funeral directors can answer questions you may have about arranging and conducting a funeral service.
As a funeral director of more than 20 years' experience, Brett Williams said open days were an opportunity to dispel "some of the myths and tales about the funeral industry and often starts the conversation about peoples wishes for their own funeral".
"Our directors will discuss all aspects of a funeral and take our tour groups though the building starting in our modern Hume chapel," Mr Williams said.
"The tour groups will be shown through our operations area, arrangement rooms, coffin showroom, viewing room as well as our function room, large garage, coffin storage and coffin trim room as well as the mortuary where we prepare those in our care for their funeral.
"Our staff will be happy to discuss anything that our tour guests wish to find out more about. The aim of our Open Days are to leave people with a sound understanding of an industry that is often looked at as a secret and taboo subject."
Mr Williams said family's expectations have changed - funerals are no longer dark and solemn, but a celebration of life.