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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...

Funerals 1970’s and Now

My old guvnor when I started in 1977 as a chauffeur/bearer said something that was true then and hasn’t changed. ‘Harry, when you do...

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 for...

Rants – Glitter and Funerals

It’s six months now since I wrote my last piece for Farewell Magazine and what a six months for our sector it has been....

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...

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...

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...