The loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience we will all face at some time in our lives. Especially with the holidays around the corner, the absence of these inspirational people in our lives is even more evident. For those who know someone currently grieving loss, there is something you can do to help. Offering sincere words of condolence is a great way to help those struggling to heal and transition into this new part of their life. Continue reading
Our pets provide us with love and companionship and are sometimes considered to be our best friends. Unfortunately, the life spans of typical pets are much lower than ours, and we will inevitably be faced with their passing. There are eight thoughtful ways to honour your pet and deal with the grief when this time comes. Continue reading
While it may seem to be an unusual pastime, taking a stroll down memory lane and remembering those who have passed can be a very rewarding experience. The people of the past have created the world we live in today, and a great way to remember them while enjoying an unforgettable experience is to visit ten of the most drop-dead gorgeous cemeteries from around the world. Continue reading
While they may seem superhuman, celebrities have an expiration date just as anyone else. However, they do live on in memory, and thousands of fans are able to visit their final resting spots every year. While some have more visitors than others, the top ten most visited grave sites in the world may surprise you. Continue reading
In a man’s eyes you see his soul; and in his smile you see his heart. The saying – or notion – goes something like this, and it applies to our humanity as a whole: man and woman. But what is the essence of this idea?
In our faces we carry the story of who we are. With that story comes the association of the onlooker, their relationship with us, and their part in the story they see. Knowing this human truth, it’s unsurprising that our societies have been forever fascinated with the human portrait. Continue reading
Having a pet means having a relationship with a unique personality: whether you have a large tomcat that insists on owning the sunny step on the family’s porch; or a frantic Jack Russel who only ever settles down when given a juicy bone; or a majestic horse who nuzzles up to your neck after a long-ride, you’ll know that the bond developed with your pet is rare and special.
Because of this, losing a pet means losing those moments – the habits and particular pastimes that formed the fabric of your friendship. So, remembering and honouring the pet that became part of your life’s journey, your home and your family is a sensitive and significant rite of passage. Continue reading
When a nation celebrates its mothers, it’s a special day. A time dedicated to acknowledge, honour and thank the women who have built our homes, our communities and our nation. But Mother’s Day for you might also be a day to remember and to commemorate. A day of tenderness.Of reminiscing.
Ever wondered how Mother’s Day came to being? Well, here are a few interesting facts on this holiday – and how we celebrate it in Australia… Continue reading
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford
The power and pride in 30 years together
In marriage they call it the Pearl Anniversary, in friendship this rite of passage marks the truest of connections, and in business it’s an eternity… 30 years.
What’s in 30 years, you say? Our history as Phoenix Foundry, a leading Australian and international supplier of cast bronze plaques. We’re proud to be celebrating our big three-zero… Continue reading
We acquire the strength we have overcome – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s something about loss that is so human, so much a part of life, that it can be the very thing that unites us. Whether we identify with the loss of a treasured pet, the passing of a life-long partner or whether we share in our community’s loss of a great leader, we experience an emotion that is fundamentally an element of our humanity… The stuff that hurts, that shows us we’re fallible, the stuff that reminds us to cherish each moment. To live. Continue reading
Pausing this holiday season
The end of the year is a special time; it comes with the promise of a sticky summer holiday, the exciting company Christmas party where colleagues share the year’s ups and downs over a few, and the time to reflect on 12 months of achievements – of life. A year of good, bad and ugly; and, it’s a rite of passage into 2013. And because it’s December, let’s farewell the year… Continue reading