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Viking Funerals and Burial History

Have you ever though how wonderful it would be to have your ashes sent off to sea on a lake in a Viking ship? Most...

Churches Reopen for Funerals

Never in my long career in funerals have I witnessed such significant restrictions on the way we say goodbye to our loved ones as...

What Actually Is a Good Funeral?

I’m often asked this question when I tell people what I do. And my answer is generally along the lines of “it’s whatever works...

The Four Levels of Isolation Grief that we’re Facing due to COVID-19

When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student – and yet I felt far from mature when faced...

Is it Okay to Smile at a Funeral?

My grandfather died two weeks ago.He had been sick for the past few years but it was still a bit of a shock. My...

Featured

How Rituals And Traditions Can Help Us Heal

Did you know that traditions and rituals can help us to express our deepest thoughts about life’s most magnificent events, especially funerals?

Funeral Flowers – Beautiful or Wasteful?

As a civil funeral celebrant, I find the funeral industry very interesting.  The way that death is a taboo subject and my growing awareness...

Your Complete Guide to Proper Funeral Etiquette

A funeral is an emotional time for a lost loved one’s family and friends. If you have been invited to attend a funeral, it...

9 Tips for Helping a Child Cope Through a Funeral

Most of us dearly love our children and want to protect them from the difficult parts of life. But understanding that a funeral is...

Giving The Family What They Need

It still must be said that although refreshing new changes are sweeping the country, there is a steady rise in the interest and demand...

Traditional Funerals

How to Plan a Funeral

How to plan a funeral, whether for yourself or a loved one, is not something we are always fully aware of - so much...

A Guide to Modern Deaths and Doing Death Differently

A Guide to modern deaths and doing death differently can be a useful too in this ever changing world.Coming to terms with the end of...

What Happens Behind the Scenes at a Funeral Directors?

Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at a funeral directors?Despite the fact that almost everyone will need the services of the ‘dismal...

Natural Funerals

How Green is a Green Funeral?

Since the Coronavirus pandemic engulfed life as we know it, the news has been dominated by questions, theories, and speculation about how this virus...

Bury Me In the Back Garden

Bury Me in the Back Garden - how many times have you heard someone joke about what they want to happen to their remains? What ...

Funeral Plans

Making Funeral Plans in Advance

Most people prefer to make prior arrangements for their funerals before their demise so that when the moment finally arrives, their families will not...

James Baker on Funeral Plans: Walk Don’t Run

Remember fire drills at school? The wisdom behind the exhortation to “Walk, don’t run!” was often lost on me and my classmates. When your...

Why People Don’t Plan Ahead for Funerals

Life is full of to-do lists, errands, activities, hobbies and gatherings. While many of these things bring us great joy, some of them simply...

DIRECT CREMATION

What is Direct Disposal?

Direct disposal means that the body of a person who has died goes straight off to be cremated or buried without a funeral ceremony.John...

Should I Have a Funeral?

A meaningful funeral can be beneficial in helping surviving family members process their emotions about a loss. According to Russell Friedman, grief expert and...

OPINIONS

Charles Cowling: Are The Big Corporations Taking Over?

A comparison between the funeral and brewing industries in the UK by the very talented Charles Cowling

Wendy Clarkson: We Should Involve The Children

As a parent, we all want to protect our children from pain and grief.   In this day and age we are fortunate that most...

Ru Callender: The Effect Bereavement Can Have On A Family

Functional family, dysfunctional, I love you on deathbed, anger, guilt, the fool tarot card, grounding the energy, magician, there are many insightful glimpses into...

BEREAVEMENT Support

Can I Be Buried on Private Land?

Can I be buried on private land? This is a question being asked more often these days. Private Land Burial is a subject Michael...

How To Tell Your Child That You’re Dying

The nightmare of how to tell your child that you're dying is something hard to imagine. Both of Sydni Dunn’s parents died from AIDS-related...

If You Were Still Alive

If you were still alive... It doesn’t matter that it’s been years since you’ve passed away. It doesn’t matter that half of the people that...

How the Death of a Parent Affects a Child

How the death of a parent affects a child.Nicky Fuchs got her first period at her mother’s funeral when she was 11. A few...

Death Cafes: Share Your Grief With Others

Have you ever considered going along to a Death Cafe?