IN THE midst of death there is life, and plenty of it, during Woronora Cemetery's open day on Saturday, March 29.
Cemetery staff pull out all the stops to make sure the public sees one of Sydney's oldest and largest cemeteries at its best.
Between 10am and 3pm visitors can take guided bus and walking tours of points of interest such as the Stations of the Cross, the Gardens of the Pieta Mausoleum and the Karinya children's garden, and free horse and carriage rides.
There are heritage talks and photos, a behind-the-scenes tour of the crematorium, a mock medieval battle and a display of grave digging equipment.
There will be an ice-cream truck, sausage sizzle and face painting for the children.
Caricaturist Brett Bower will sketch people in queues.
So talk to a caring funeral director and take that first step towards the end that awaits us all: a funeral and a forever home.
The cemetery open day usually takes place during Heritage Week (April 12-20) but has been brought forward to avoid a clash with Good Friday this year.
Between 2000 and 3000 people usually attend. The open day is from 10am to 3pm at 121 Linden Street, Sutherland.
Details: woronoracemetery.org.au, 9545 4677.