With death comes grief and this is not the time to leave your wishes unattended; usually left to your loved ones to manage, do they know your final wishes for a good death and end of life, and where and how you would like to end up? It's not a common dinner table conversation but it really needs to be addressed.
Pre-planning and purchasing your place in the Ballarat Cemetery allows for peace of mind and knowledge for you and your family of where you will rest forever. It's a place for your children, grandchildren and their children. as well as relatives and friends, to know where you are and visit if they would like.
"It's important to leave your legacy and mark behind," said Annie DeJong, CEO Ballarat Cemeteries. "It might not mean that much to you now to organise a place for burial or a memorial for the interment of your ashes, but we are seeing families looking for relatives who don't have a place, and have been scattered or are located in a non-accessible location.
"They despair at the life and lives that are not recorded and that there is no location for their loved ones or them to visit. What is their story? Commonly it is that their ashes were collected and that is it."
"We came up to the cemetery and spoke to a staff member about choosing our plots for burial, she gave us a tour of the cemetery and detailed what is available, said Sandra from Ballarat. "I was surprised at the expanse of options, with beautiful gardens, natural reserves, scattering areas and family areas as well.
"We were able to make payments and have it all fixed up and sorted out for when either of us die. My husband and I were able to make the choice of location and to me that was a very special thing to do together. If we'd left it to the children, who would know where we would end up."
Tours operate throughout the year through the Crematorium, as well around the cemetery. The Cemetery is on the corner of Norman and Doveton Streets in the North of Ballarat, among 155 acres of botanic gardens. The gates are open from 8.30am until 5pm every day of the year, when you can walk in at any time.
This advertising feature is sponsored by Ballarat Cemeteries.