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  • Grief in the holiday season

    “Grief is so human, and it hits everyone at one point or another, at least, in their lives. If you love, you will grieve, and that’s just given.” – Kay Redfield Jamison The idea of celebrating the ...

  • Crafting your own story

    We all have a story to tell about our lives that we would like to share with our families and friends. Whether it’s a few pages or many, it’s valuable to tell your story. Centered around MYLifeboo ...

  • Unique Australian History: The Burke and Wills Expedition

    What better way to celebrate our unique Australian history during history week than with the tale of two of Australia's most famous and tragic explorers - Robert O’Hara Burke (1821 – 1861) and Wil ...

  • Curiosity – Jane Grover, SMCT CEO, On International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s day! We decided to sit down and have a chat with one very influential woman; Jane Grover, CEO Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT). Not only has Jane taken ...

  • Conversation starters about the end

    Although death is an inevitable part of life, very few of us want to talk about it, or if we do, we can be shut down as our family and friends may not want to. Who wants to think about their own d ...

  • What's your favourite tree?

    Chris Hewitt and the team of arborists at Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) plant, monitor and maintain tens of thousands of trees across nine of our cemeteries and memorial parks. Nat ...

  • Grief Photography; memories and moments

    There’s no single way to deal with grief. Grief is a journey, it moves slowly, changing and moulding with our mood and surroundings and is akin to the changing of the seasons. There are many creat ...

  • Did you know a memorial park could be this good?

    UPDATE - 21 May 2018: Bunurong Memorial Park was awarded Gold for the Urban Design category in the 2018 Melbourne Design Awards. Bunurong Memorial Park has been shortlisted for the 2018 Melbourne ...

  • A woman of many words: the story of Anne McDonald

    Only days before giving her International Women's Day 'Famous Women in Melbourne' tour, Dr Celestina Sagazio, SMCT Historian & Manager of Cultural Heritage, found a noteworthy addition. By Dr ...

  • The heart has a memory

    Our attempts to generate presence in the face of my mother’s absence is not unusual. Honouring the unique lives of our loved ones is a key part of the grieving process and often takes the form of ...