Monthly Archives: October 2016

Budget your Way out while Preparing for a Send-off for your Loved One

As times go by, people are accepting the fact that death is a part of life and some of them are even arranging their funerals themselves in preparation for what is to come. In spite of this, death is not and has never been easy. The loss of a loved one is hard to cope with and the burden is added by the high cost of funerals. Many families would wish to give their loved ones a perfect final send-off but at what cost? A blog, COTA NSW, quotes the average price of an Australian funeral is around $5000 to $7000. This is not cheap and thus the option of budget funerals in Sydney can be availed. This article highlights ways of planning a classy and yet simple, budget funeral.

Funeral cost research

The first step in planning budget funerals in Sydney is doing research on funeral costs in your area. Different funeral homes have different prices and offer a variety of packages with different paying options. Most of these funeral homes have websites (check : http://www.academyfuneralservices.com.au/), making your research easier as all the information you require is available. As part of your research, it is important to know that different burial methods also differ with cost. Collect all the information you require to make your budget plan. After the research make a budget list and stick to it. This will be made easy if you keep your plans simple.

Legal rights when purchasing funeral services and products

According to the Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule, a funeral home is supposed to avail you with the general price list once you make an inquiry. However, not all funeral homes adhere to this rule, and thus once you contact a funeral home and they are not willing to disclose the price list, it is better to move on to a more reliable service provider. Also a funeral home should allow you the option of purchasing goods outside at more affordable costs without additional charges and not give you a hard time.

Investigate your options

One of the options to consider is with regard to finances. There is the option of financial assistance, death benefits offered by some employers or unions, life insurance funds or even charity. Other alternatives to consider when planning on budget funerals in Sydney are cremation, home funeral or natural burial. The option of cremation is very cost effective as it will save you at least 40 to 50 percent of the cost as you will not need a casket and no cemetery costs. In addition a green burial is cheaper when compared to a traditional burial, while conducting your own funeral will certainly save you a lot of expenses.  In fact, being in control of and hosting your own funeral services is not only cheaper, but is a great tribute to your loved one.

You can plan a budget funeral that is special and a perfect send-off. For any questions on how to organize a budget funeral you can visit the websites of the firms that offer such services.

Spill Kits – Doing Everything to Protect the Environment

It is not often that an organization involved in the environment protection business gets selected as one of the best managed companies. But this is exactly what has happened with a company in Canada when a company selling spill kits, among other things, has been voted as one of the top 5 best managed companies in Canada. They must be doing many things right as the senior executive from Deloitte, Canada explains the different parameters on which the companies were judged to be well run.

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Saving the Environment

The mindless growth and development the world has witnessed over the past 5-6 decades have left many cities and urban localities vulnerable to disasters. These can be in the form of oil spills, harmful chemicals leaking out and so on. On such occasions, there is a need to quickly step in and take care of the spill so that it does not spread and spoil the environment in any manner. Spill kits are one of the most frequently used products by the environmental services companies for this purpose.

The Composition of the Kits

In most cases, the kits meant to tackle undesirable spills would come in the form of powders, which should be spread quickly over the spilt liquid so that the powder absorbs as much of the liquid as possible and prevents it from spreading. The kits also contain the pads and other accessories needed to then clear out the stuff so that the place can be left as clean as possible. The place has to be restored to its previous state if it was possible to do.

Make Everyone Aware

It is essential to stock all kinds of pollution control products by the companies which handle any product even remotely capable of leaking or spilling. Of course, one is talking of products, which can harm the environment. These can include petroleum products, solvents and acids and so on. The people working in such facilities are usually trained on handling the kits kept in a place easily accessible and there are spill kit signs kept in prominent places and also where the kits are located so that those trying to handle the spills can quickly access the kits.

Some Preventive Steps

While all these support systems are useful in containing the impact after a disaster has occurred, the best way is to educate all the stakeholders to think beyond this fire-fighting approach and provide for steps to prevent any disaster from happening. There are products, which help in better storage and handling of drums or containers that carry the possibly offending stuff.

So, protecting the environment with spill kits is crucial for the establishments, but taking these precautionary steps to avoid any spillages whatsoever, can be even more important.

In sum, the responsibility for protecting and saving the environment lies with everyone; the organizations and industries which are involved in handling any hazardous chemical or substance, the government and non government agencies concerned with the environmental degradation and every member of the public. Whatever is needed to ensure that this is done with this approach the world can become a better place to live in.