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Public survey

Metropolitan Memorial Parks operate eight cemeteries in Sydney and Newcastle:
  • Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, Matraville
  • Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde
  • Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery, Davidson
  • Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery, St Leonards
  • Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde
  • Rookwood General Cemetery, Lidcombe
  • Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle
  • Woronora Memorial Park, Sutherland
The purpose of this research is to understand different cultural perspectives into:
  • the memorialisation of the deceased,
  • how people feel about forward planning their own burial or cremation and funeral,
  • cemeteries as communal spaces, and
  • the sustainability of cemeteries and crematoria into the future.
It is crucial for our organisation to understand different perspective on these issues, as our cemeteries and crematoria develop strategies to address the challenges presented by an ageing and multicultural population, land shortages, and environmental concerns.

After-Life Planning in the context of this survey means communicating your preferences for the following:
  • a burial or cremation,
  • the type of funeral you or a person close to you would like to have. This could include detail such as eulogy and music,
  • the location of the burial or placement of ashes, e.g which cemetery? If you would prefer for your ashes to be scattered outside of a cemetery, would you still like a memorial plaque within a cemetery?,
  • the products you would like as a part of your burial or cremation e.g headstone, urn, kandilli (candles), the type of coffin or shroud,
  • remembrance services such as funeral directors, stonemasons, death doulas, options for paying for the cost of a funeral,
  • legal requirements such as wills and interment rights,
  • cultural and / or spiritual rituals to honour the deceased, at the time of death, for the funeral and beyond.

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* 1. Which cultural group/s are you from?

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* 2. Which spirituality do you practice?

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* 3. Have you ever organised, or helped to organise, a burial or cremation? 

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