The Natural Death Handbook by Stephanie Wienrich & Josefine Speyer



THE NATURAL DEATH HANDBOOK by Stephanie Wienrich & Josefine Speyer.
This book suggests ways to arrange a dignified death in harmony with nature. It advises on practical needs of those dying on how to organise inexpensive yet very personal funerals, and on to the grieving process itself. It also has an authoritative source on the legal necessities and recommendations surrounding burial. ISBN-13 978-1844132263





Journey of Hope by J. Michael Davey


Journey of Hope by J. Michael Davey.
A remarkable true story from the ‘Australian Bestseller’ list.
Fostered as a baby and placed in four state-run institutions, Michael experienced significant abuse. Kidnapped by his father, he eventually came home only to discover his mother was a violent and crazed schizophrenic who hated him.
At the hands of his deranged mother, Michael was beaten mercilessly.
To escape her violence and neglect, Michael left home to join the Royal Australian Navy when he was just 15 years old.
ISBN 1921589469 



Saying Goodbye by Megan Hender

IAN’S BOOK REVIEW #1 – Book of the week.
‘Saying Goodbye’ by Megan Hender.
Stories of caring for the dying. Discussing illness and death makes most of us uncomfortable – we don’t know what to say to people who are looking after a sick parent, child or partner, and so we cover our discomfort with euphemisms and averted eyes. Yet people in this situation need to talk honestly about their feelings of confusion, loss, anger and sadness. That is where this book will prove invaluable.

ISBN13 9780733313479



Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton

‘Everett Anderson’s Goodbye’ is a touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father’s death. Lucille Clifton captures Everett’s conflicting emotions as he confronts this painful reality. We see him struggle through many stages, from denial and anger to depression and, finally, acceptance. King Award – 4 star rating.


Where Song Began by Tim Low

#4 in top selling Australian Independent Bookseller bestseller list.
Australia has unusual birds. A recent article in Ecology talks, for example, about ‘despotic aggressiveness’ in woodland bird communities. Australian birds are more likely than most to be intelligent, to live in complex societies, to be long lived, loud, to attack other species, and to eat sugary foods secreted by trees. Reasons why all this might be so have emerged from recent research, which Tim draws together into a synthesis, called Where Song Began, which was published in June 2014 by Penguin.




Our country mourns the passing of one of our WWII diggers – Roy Cornford

USS Pampanito floating museum at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

WRAY OWEN FUNERALS CONDUCTED THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF ROYDON CHARLES CORNFORD of Vincentia formerly of Mount Ousley. Aged 93. Passed away peacefully on 2nd July 2015 after a short illness.
Beloved Husband of Joan. Dearly loved Father and Father in law of Beryl and Don, Barbara, Stephen and Margo. Loving Grandfather of Sheridon, Andrew, Melinda, Bernadette and David. Much loved Pa Corny of Charlotte, Ashton and Layla. Roy will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends.

ROY CORNFORD, a 19 year old labourer from Wollongong, enlisted into the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in September 1941. Arriving in Singapore late in the Malayan campaign as a reinforcement for the 2/19th Battalion, Roy was fortunate enough to be evacuated from Singapore to Java a week before the city fell to Japanese force. His luck was not to hold out, however, and Roy was taken prisoner by the Japanese when Java fell in March 1942.
Transported back to Singapore, Roy went on to work in Thailand on the notorious Burma-Thailand Railway. In March 1944, Roy was amongst a group of prisoners of war (POWs) in Thailand selected by the Japanese for transport to Japan to work as slave labour.
After many delays and a tortuous trip from Thailand to Singapore, Roy departed Singapore on 6 September 1944, aboard the Japanese cargo ship Rakuyo Maru, part of a convoy bound for Japan.
On 12 September, the convoy was attacked by a US Navy submarine ‘wolf pack’, consisting of US Ships Growler, Pampanito and Sealion. Two ships in the convoy which were carrying POWs, Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru, were sunk by the submarines. As the ships carried no special markings and as the Japanese government had made no application for safe passage of the ships as POW transports, the American submarine crews had no way of knowing that Allied POWs were aboard the ships when they were torpedoed.
The presence of POWs aboard the ships was discovered on 15 September, three days after the sinkings, when the USS Pampanito returned to the area to continue operations against the convoy and discovered men clinging to rafts who were identified as British and Australians.
Pampanito immediately set about rescuing as many survivors as possible and called in three of her sister ships to assist. Roy Cornford was one of the 73 survivors picked up by Pampanito.
Roy and his mates were transported by Pampanito to the US base on the island of Saipan, where they were disembarked and immediately admitted to hospital. From Saipan, Roy was returned to Australia by ship, arriving at Brisbane on 18 October 1944. After further hospital treatment, Roy was discharged from the AIF in May 1945.
Roy married his wife Joan in 1947 and they have raised three children. Trained as a painter after the war, Roy originally worked as an employee of a painting contractor and then set up his own business, which he ran for almost 30 years. Roy was an active member of the RSL and following retirement he and his wife Joan established a successful plant nursery and donated all of the profits from 1987 to 2009 to charity. He remained actively involved in community and charity work.
Roy preferred to forget the horrors of his time as a POW, concentrating instead on remembering how he and his mates all helped each other through difficult times and conditions.
See links below for more of Roydon’s story:

Roy enlisted in the AIF in 1941 and was taken captive by the Japanese in Java and became a POW after the fall of Singapore
The US submarine USS Pampanito rescued 73 Australian and British Pow’s from the sinking of the ‘Rakuyo Maru’ The submarine is now a floating museum docked at Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco
Roy Cornford being interviewed by the ABC for the ‘No Prisoners’ television program on Four Corners
‘Rakuyo Maru’ before being sunk by a US wolf pack of submarines
POWs being rescued by the submarine USS Pampanito after 3 days floating on wreckage


Wray Owen Funerals continues to sponsor Terara Country Music Festival

Over the past few years Wray Owen Funerals as part of it’s Community Service programme has continued to sponsor the small but very successful Terara Country Music Festival.
Unique due to its rural setting and camping sites located in dairy paddocks, this festival continues to grow in popularity.
Each year in March, caravan and tent dwellers campout on Owen and Thelma Ison’s 146 Millbank Road, Terara property to enjoy local and country music bands perform their best.
Affectionately known as “Owie’s World”, this year’s campout attracted 270 caravans from across the country. Owen hopes next year’s event, which is scheduled for the first week of March, will be even bigger and better than 2015. Proceeds donated to Noah’s Ark Shoalhaven to purchase vital equipment for students. Photo courtesy of Max Cochrane.

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Extensions to our funeral home

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2014 saw the completion of extensions to our funeral home.
A new reception and foyer were added creating a spacious area for family members to
gather close to the entrance of our 50 seat air-conditioned chapel.

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A new building facade and landscaped grounds completed the vision for informal family areas including refurbished consultation and meeting rooms.

Telling the Story


I know what you must be thinking – I don’t like to think about funerals or talk about funerals; I’m not ready to plan a funeral.
I understand that, I really do. However, as a Master Funeral Director, I have seen so many people gone before their time, suddenly and without warning.
Their families are often left with unanswered questions and regrets about the conversations they never had with their loved one. That’s why I am going to approach end-of-life planning from a different perspective – that of the life story.
A funeral, memorial service or whatever kind of event or service you have to honour your loved one should be personal, unique and meaningful.
The foundation for meaningful memorialization are life stories. That’s why Have the Talk of a Lifetime is so important. It’s about sitting down and simply talking with your loved ones about life and the things that really matter.
In today’s world, there is so much going on around us. We’re busier than ever before. We’re bombarded with information from newspapers, magazine, TV, radio and the internet.
We’re sharing information with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and by text messages.
But how often do we talk to people – I mean really talk? No mobile phones ringing and dinging. No TV in the background. No distractions.
For some people, good conversation is truly a lost art.
Talking with the people in our lives who matter most – our spouses, parents, children, best friends – can have an incredibly positive impact on our relationships. Unlike social media, talking with loved ones is unfiltered. It’s not putting your best foot forward. Talking allows us to see the real person and can help us get to know our loved ones in new and different ways.
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