People have found ways to adapt their funeral rituals to fit in with current ways. It is still important that a person’s spirit goes back to the country of their clan, and people are buried on their clan country when that is possible. If not, they are laid to rest close to where their family lives.
Bawinanga sets aside self-generated funds to support members who are responsible for the funeral of a family member. Because there is no morgue or cemetery in Maningrida, families are responsible for the high costs of chartering a plane to transport the deceased between Maningrida and funeral homes/morgues in Darwin or Katherine and for the cost of digging graves.
The operations of Bawinanga are serviced by our finance, human resources, IT and reception staff, and a large vehicle fleet.