Funerals of the famous – John Lennon

He Gave Peace a Chance.

John Lennon didn’t have a funeral. When the former Beatle was shot and killed outside his New York City apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980, his wife Yoko Ono decided against an organized memorial service.
Instead, she asked people around the world to “pray for John’s soul” at a designated time. At 2 p.m. E.T. on Dec. 14, 1980, fans gathered in public squares from Melbourne to Liverpool and observed 10 minutes of silence in a global outpouring of goodwill. In New York City, more than 100,000 people assembled on Central Park’s grassy slopes and turned the memorial into a daylong affair. Vendors sold Lennon merchandise and musicians played their favorite Beatles tunes. But at 2 o’clock, the entire park went silent. The city had assigned 300 police officers to the event, but the gathering was peaceful and went off without a hitch. (TIME LIFE)…/p…/0,29307,1908895_1906458,00.html



Funerals of the famous – Judy Garland

Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
When 47-year-old Judy Garland was found dead of a drug overdose in her London home on June 22, 1969, fans were shocked. The starlet’s body was displayed to the public in a glass-enclosed coffin, and more than 20,000 people came to pay their respects. The funeral, held in New York City, was closed to the press and the public. The guest list read like a who’s who of Hollywood celebrities, including Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney and James Mason, who delivered the eulogy. (TIME LIFE)…/p…/0,29307,1908895_1906453,00.html


Ian Strathie’s Book Review #7 ‘Coping With Grief’ by Mal & Dianne McKissock

This best selling book offers sensitive and practical advice on how to deal with the grieving process, from how to cope with the funeral to managing anniversaries and special dates.
Suitable for the bereaved and their support team, it explains what to expect emotionally, psychologically and practically from the first day through the first year as well as outlining the physical and emotional reactions to grief, why men and women react differently, how children deal with grief and some of the long term consequences of bereavement.
Whether you have been bereaved, or part of the bereaved’s support team, this self-help book will prove invaluable. and show you how to survive, help others survive, the most challenging experience a human being can have: the loss of a loved one.
ISBN: 978 0 7333 3088 9 (pbk.)


Friday, 30th October, 2015 will be…’CREATE A GREAT FUNERAL DAY’

An extremely new holiday – Create A Great Funeral Day is barely a decade old. Registered as an official holiday by Stephanie West Allen as a way of attempting to relieve the pressure of having to decide what a loved one would want for their final send off.
The Day was founded with the hopes of getting loved ones to sit down together and talk about what they would want at their funeral so their loved ones know when the time comes and do not have to juggle their grief with trying to plan a funeral and guess what they would have wanted, even if it is just so much as a particular song played at the funeral, or words for the headstone.…/create-a-great-funeral-day/


Why every funeral should be different.

by Ian Strathie at Wray Owen Funerals

The thought of planning a funeral can be very overwhelming and not something that everyone is prepared to handle.Most of us are not prepared to plan and carry out a funeral ceremony for someone we love.
Everyone is different. Every life story is different.
That’s why every funeral should be different.
What is most important though: is having a personalized, meaningful funeral that helps families and friends begin the healing process of mourning after the death of someone you love. This website is intended to provide the information you need to make informed choices. These choices will help you plan and experience a meaningful funeral to honour the unique life of your loved one.

Each funeral has the same core elements:

The Transfer

The arrangement

The service and committal

And the list goes on.
Ian, Kath and their staffs assist in the process of getting ’things’ in order and avoiding the hassles.
There are many aspects of arranging a funeral that families have complete control over:



Burial or Cremation

Flowers and Balloons

Clergy or celebrants

Coffin or casket

Viewings and dressing

Music and audio visuals

And this list goes on as well.

Eulogies and pall bearers

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For more information regarding services that are provided at Wray Owen Funerals contact us on 4423 2333.

Here is just a taste of the CELEBRITY CHEFS that have graced our region over the years

1. James Viles Biota Dining Bowral
2. Colin Fassnidge of Four in Hand and 4Fourteen restaurants Sydney and My Kitchen Rules judge
3. Peter Doyle of Doyle’s Watsons Bay, Peter Doyle’s at the Quay and Est. Restaurant Sydney
4. Darren Simpson of My Restaurant Rules, Aqua Luna Sydney, and now Gallagher Hotels

James Viles
Colin Fassnidge
Peter Doyle
Darren Simpson
Darren Simpson

On World Polio Day, UNICEF cites ‘dramatic’ progress against virus, urges efforts towards zero cases

24 October 2015 – Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus, but a senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official has vowed “we cannot rest until the number of cases is zero.”
“Progress to end polio is real and dramatic, with now just two countries in the world where the wild poliovirus has never been interrupted: Afghanistan and Pakistan,” said by the head of the Polio Unit at UNICEF, Peter Crowley, in a press release.
“But – and it’s a big but – until all children everywhere are consistently and routinely immunized against polio, the threat remains. We cannot let down our guard; we have to keep going until there is not a single child anywhere who remains unvaccinated,” he declared. According to UNICEF, there have been 51 cases of wild polio virus globally since the beginning of 2015, compared with 242 wild polio cases for 2014. Nigeria was removed from the list of polio endemic countries last month, having successfully interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus. Such an achievement has encouraged countries in the African region to get closer to being certified polio-free. Moreover, in India there have been no cases of polio-induced paralysis for four years, though thousands of young patients once suffered from such paralysis. UNICEF delivered 1.7 billion doses of vaccine last year to support the training of the frontline workers and help to build trust in the vaccine among parents and communities in some Nigeria and Pakistan. Despite this progress, Mr. Crowley noted recent vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks in some countries, as the result of low routine immunization coverage. “These outbreaks serve as a reminder of the vital need for intensified efforts to strengthen routine immunization systems and address disparities in children’s access to basic health services. In Ukraine, for example, fewer than 14 per cent of children are immunized against polio.”

23/02/2015 : Bhujpura, Aligarh Urban- A team of vaccinators start work knocking on each door and checking if any child was left without getting the polio vaccine. They checked every house in order and vaccinated the children that missed the day earlier. Also each house is marked accordingly so that they have a record of the work completed.
: Bhujpura, Aligarh Urban- A team of vaccinators start work knocking on each door and checking if any child was left without getting the polio vaccine. They checked every house in order and vaccinated the children that missed the day earlier. Also each house is marked accordingly so that they have a record of the work completed.

“We aim to bring a global halt to polio transmission by this time next year, but the only way to do this is for countries with low vaccination dates to re-double their efforts to reach every child, wherever they are and no matter how hard this may be,” he concluded.


How to organise a wake.

After you have organised a funeral, you may want to consider having a reception afterwards. This is commonly known as a wake.
Many people will attend the wake if they did not attend the funeral. This is a chance for children to attend too, as it can be quite distressing for them to attend the funeral itself.
If you decide to announce the funeral in a local newspaper or obituary, you can also announce the time and place of the wake. Or you may wish for the wake to be announced at the end of the funeral service.
Some people prefer the wake to be private. If you choose to go down this route, you can send out either paper invitations or ask close family members to spread the word.…/how-…/how-to-organise-a-wake


The wake is an opportunity for people to reminisce. Catering varies from light snacks, finger food, barbeque or a theme in keeping with the character of the deceased.