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How The Idea Evolved


This is the story of how the idea evolved for you to be able to send your Loved One (person or pet) to the stars in a personal, environmentally-friendly, spectacular fireworks display containing their ashes (cremains) with a 'swoosh, a wow and a bang'.

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How The Idea Evolved


This is the story of how the idea evolved for you to be able to send your Loved One (person or pet) to the stars in a personal, environmentally-friendly, spectacular fireworks display containing their ashes (cremains) with a 'swoosh, a wow and a bang'.

             Pauline Clayton, JP (Qual)

             Pauline Clayton, JP (Qual)

My name is Pauline Clayton, JP (Qual)., Dip Bus., Dip L'Ship., Dip M'Ment and I am the Director of Marketing for Farewell Fireworks.

I have been fascinated by death and dying since I was a young child.  Growing up in regional Victoria on a Dairy Farm, I attended literally hundreds of funerals with my Dad.  My Mother 'didn't do funerals', so I was required to go with Dad to represent our family within the community.  I went to the funerals of old people, young people, family members, friends, pets and acquaintances.

They were often very sombre affairs and if I am being very honest, rather boring events with long drawn-out services, lots of hymns and usually held in a church followed by a visit to a grave site.  When I was aged between 10 and 25 I found the services that celebrated the life of the person were the ones that made the biggest impression on me – and that telling fun stories and remembering the good times was important.

Fast forwarding many years, on New years Eve, December 2015 I stayed home and watched the celebration fireworks on the TV.  I was thinking about my own Dad who passed away 6 months earlier aged 89.  His funeral was also a sombre event, organised by my Mother (his wife of 69 years).  His was a church service in Nerang, Queensland, again with a long service and many hymns followed by a burial at the Mudgeeraba Cemetery.

Whilst I was watching the New Year's Eve celebrations I thought to myself - 


I kept the thought to myself for a couple of weeks but then started to discuss my idea with my family and friends.  Their overwhelming reaction was 'what a cracker of an idea' – pardon the pun!  Did you know 86% of Australians are now cremated.  The Baby Boomer generation (1946 – 1964) in particular are looking for something other than the traditional burial/church service and more than the option of just releasing white doves or butterflies as the feature of the ceremony.  Additionally many people are unable to attend a funeral (which they would actually like to go to) because services are held in the day time and many people are unable to get time off from work – which meant a sunset or night time celebration was not a negative idea after all.

I spent some time researching fireworks and fireworks companies and decided to contact the biggest and best award-winning fireworks company in Australia Skylighter Fireworkx. Check out the amazing fireworks displays that Skylighter Fireworkx create by viewing this link:
www.skylighter.com.au I made an appointment with the Managing Director, Max Brunner.

Max and I met for our appointment and I put my idea to him – we discussed the possibilities and logistics for several hours and by the end of the meeting decided to form Farewell Fireworks. I then spent time organising business name registration, business cards, A6 flyers for promotion, the website and liaising with local funeral parlours and vet surgeries advising of the service we had to offer.  And so we came to be – providing a creative, innovative new service with the ability to send your loved ones to the stars with 'a swoosh a wow and a bang', leaving you with memories of a life well lived.