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What is a DIY Funeral in the UK?

Funerals are a symphony in myth and mystery, So many people feel unable to manage one themselves and need to rely on the professional...

Cemeteries and Me

Until I left home at 18, I looked out of my bedroom window over to Handsworth Cemetery. I had four great-grandparents and a grandmother...

The Value of a Celebrant

Where were all the celebrants when the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was conducting its investigation onto the funeral sector?Although it may seem a...

Pandemic Funerals: A Tragic Comedy of Errors?

There’s a public footpath alongside the yard of my funeral home and after many years of washing the vehicles out there I’ve lost count...

Direct Cremation: Less Popular Since Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have prompted consumers to reconsider ‘no fuss funerals’, according to new research by leading independent funeral plan provider, Golden Leaves.The...

Featured

How to Care for Someone who Has Died at Home

Many people don’t realise that you can keep someone at home after they have died. You may choose to do this to care for...

Interview – Jane Diamond and Patsy Freeman

Patsy Freeman’s memoir ‘In Search Of You: Letters To A Daughter’ is a volume of extraordinary letters written by Patsy to her younger daughter...

When Someone is Beginning Their Dying Process

There are certain signs when illness or old age has tipped into a preparation for death. Physical changes These changes are part of the ageing process....

Coronavirus and the Extremely Vulnerable

The modern world and the ancient have suddenly become similar. By that, I mean small and unpredictable. Today, we have to fear people from...

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

What is a DIY Funeral in the UK?

Funerals are a symphony in myth and mystery, So many people feel unable to manage one themselves and need to rely on the professional...

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...

Funeral Plans

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...

Be Prepared – Funeral Plans Matter

Arranging or attending a funeral can be an emotional and personal time, but amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has grounded the UK, it...

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...

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?