Funeral Farewell

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The Spanish flu killed so many, not only did they run out of coffins, they ran out of wood for the coffins. The Spanish Flu took millions of lives and with it many of the traditions of the well established Victorian Funeral rituals, such as funeral processions. And so too, it seems, the Covid-19 pandemic […]

SPIRITUALISM SPIKE

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Why Did So Many Victorians Try to Speak with the Dead? When confronted with trauma of the kind Covid presents, it is natural to want to make sense of the death and devastation around us. This it seems is the catalyst for a surge in seances, speaking with the dead and other acts of spiritualism, […]

Pooch Power in the search for Perpetual life.

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A move by Silicon Valley to take fringe life extension experimentation mainstream using man’s best friend as the testing base for longevity drugs. Would you put your beloved pooch up for this project for the potential to extend their life?  About 30,000 American dog owners have.  To learn more see this link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-24/if-dogs-live-longer-with-anti-aging-science-humans-could-too

Death Doulas

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Confronting scenes of bodies lying in corridors, vans, and fields.  These are the images of a global pandemic taking the lives of millions.  It has many of us all thinking of our own mortality and how we might approach our end of life.  This article explores the growing service of death doulas and death cafes. […]

A GRAVE PROBLEM

A GRAVE PROBLEM

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A property boom of a different kind. With property prices sky rocketing it’s hard enough to house our loved ones while we are alive, imagine digging deep to the tune of $615,000 for a vault to house your dead loved ones? Burial licences are traded like any other property. Not quite as exciting as Dogecoin, […]

Scam Watch Warning – Succession Scams

Scam Watch Warning – Succession Scams

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According, to Scam Watch, so far this year Australians have fallen prey to scams losing $63 Million and that is just in this first financial quarter of 2021!  Disturbingly, the age group most likely to fall prey are the over 65s. (Statistics courtesy of Scam Watch Australia). So, chances are you have received one of […]

CGT & GRANNY FLATS FEDERAL GOVT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Last October the Federal Government announced proposed changes to CGT exemptions for granny flat arrangement, impacting our aged and disabled communities. They have now announced their calls for submissions. If you are interested see this link:- https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2021-161601 To learn more about how Granny Flat arrangements impact tax and inheritances please see Christine Smyth’s article here:- https://christinesmythestatelawyers.com.au/index.php/2020/10/12/granny-flat-gains/