Why Elite Funeral Directors Have a Funeral Home Cat and Not a Dog

There are many questions Diane and Scott receive here at Elite Funeral Directors; however, one they haven’t received is “Why don’t you have a funeral home dog?” I don’t know what they would say, but as the official Funeral Home Cat, let me answer from my wise perspective. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves. Dogs… What else is there to say?


Amazing Cat Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

sydney australia funeral homeLet’s face it…cats are amazing. Just ask Diane and Scott! Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for humans’ health and can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and other illnesses? Stroking a cat can help to relieve stress, and the feel of a purring cat on your lap conveys a strong sense of security and comfort.

Here are a few more amazing facts about us cats that you will find amazing…

  • A cat can make over 100 vocal sounds (dogs can make 10)
  • A cat sleeps 14 hours a day
  • Cats are the only animal that walk on their claws, not the pads of their feet.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  • A group of youngsters (kittens) is called a kindle; those old-timers (adult cats) form a clowder.
  • The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
  • People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. If the resident cat is bathed regularly the allergic people tolerate it better.
  • Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson’s organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth.
  • Like birds, cats have a homing ability that uses it’s biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth’s magnetic field. A cat taken far from it’s home can return to it. But if a cat’s owners move far from it’s home, the cat can’t find them.
  • A cat can jump even seven times as high as it is tall.

It’s great being a cat, but it’s even better being a Sydney Funeral Home cat!

Kindifarm Outing

Recently Diane and Scott helped bring some of the animals and staff from Kindifarm to Holy Spirit Aged Care, Revesby. Diane said it was a fantastic day (but I’m a bit peeved that they left me at the office for the day). Below is a picture album Diane put together for them.

The Celebration Sounds Of A Life Well Lived

Last time, I posted about flowers at funerals, but another popular inclusion in a Sydney funeral is music. As funerals have evolved to become celebrations of a life well lived, so have the music selections. Gone are the days of dark somber funeral dirges. Today, people are choosing music that reflects on the life being celebrated.

According to The Telegraph, some of 2016’s popular choices have been:


  • PachelbelCannon in D Music can console in more than one way. Pachelbel’s canon does it by being unchangeable and rock-steady. That endlessly repeating bass and the violin lines following each other in stately procession say, ‘Don’t worry – the world is not going to collapse. Life goes on’.
  • Henry Francis LyteAbide With Me The words of this hymn describing death coming like evening could be frightening. The sweet tune tells us not to be afraid.
  • Sarah Brightman & Andrea BocelliTime to Say Goodbye Pop-classical crossover smash from 1997, and the best-selling single ever in Germany.
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Four Seasons Vivaldi’s four concertos have been a classical music favourite for decades, and the slow movements have a pastoral calm that makes them appropriate for a funeral.
  • Eva CassidyOver The Rainbow The late American singer added an extra layer of vocal pathos to the Judy Garland classic.
  • Tina TurnerSimply The Best Originally written for Eighties soul star Paul Young, The Best has gone on to be a favourite, not only at funerals, but also with sportsmen
  • Dolly Parton and Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You Dolly Parton wrote and recorded her bitter sweet country ballad in 1973, but it was boosted to international fame thanks to Whitney Houston’s version which was used as the theme tune to 1992 film The Bodyguard.
  • Sarah McLachlanAngel Sarah McLachlan penned this song as a tribute to Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Johnathan Melvoin, who overdosed on heroin and died in 1996.
  • Nat King ColeUnforgettable Nelson Riddle’s orchestration combines with Cole’s smoky vocal to create music that lives up to its title.

And one of the top songs has been Frank Sinatra‘s My Way. I could watch this all day…

Why Flowers? Thoughts From A Philosophical Cat.

Sydney funeralLady, the philosophical cat?

Over the years of being the official funeral home cat of Elite Funeral Directors, I have seem some amazing flower arrangements come through our doors. Flowers are a traditional part of funerals, but have you ever stopped to think about the origins of flowers and funerals?

Flowers have been a part of funerals for thousands of years. The main reason behind flowers at funerals originally have been to hide the aroma of the body, but that isn’t something we want to think about today. One thing I wish for you to think about is the beauty of flowers and the symbolism it can represent of life. Just as the plant grows into maturity and produces the beautiful flower, a life grows from infancy into maturity and produces a beautiful flower. What a wonderful thought to consider a beautiful life well lived surrounded by beautiful flowers as family and friends celebrate their life.

Now you know the rest of the story…at least how I see it!

I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness. That it yearns to be carried away. ~Author Unknown

Personalising A Sydney Funeral

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…

Sometimes here at our Sydney funeral home, I watch Diane work on a tribute video for one of our families and all I can say is, “Wow!” When it’s hard to find words during one of the hardest times of your life, a video containing pictures of memories can be powerful words of comfort.

Add that personalised touch to a funeral service with a professionally edited and displayed memorial tribute video.

A Well-Trained Sydney Funeral Home Cat

funeral home sydneyDiane read a story last week about training cats. Can you believe that? Training a cat? I mean, we are clearly smarter than dogs (who obviously need training) so the idea of cat training makes me laugh. (There’s nothing better than a good cat laugh!)

I am the official cat of Sydney’s Elite Funeral Directors and I have a special job, just like Diane and Scott…so I guess you could say I’ve been trained here at the funeral home in Sydney…just don’t ask me to play fetch.

The Life Of A Funeral Home Cat In Sydney

Sydney's Elite Funeral Directors Cat - LadyIf you will allow me to brag a little…

Not all cats get to say how awesome their life is, but as the resident cat at Elite Funeral Directors, I couldn’t ask for a better place to call home. Why you ask? Because when it comes to having caring owners, you can’t find an owner that cares about people (and cats) more than Diane and Scott.

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The Mourner’s Bill of Rights


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