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Grief – In My Experience

Does grief have legs, wheels or wings; is it a hello or a goodbye; is it positive, negative or a mixture of all of...

Earthly Treasures

What Do the Following Have In Common?Takeaway Clown shoes A set of skis Wizard of Oz costumeNo, it isn’t a new remedy to...

Being Present At Your Own Funeral

I feel it only fair to declare an interest before submitting this piece. A year ago, I was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I...

For Whom the Bell Tolls

I’m going to break cover, come out of the closet, self-identify as a minority of one and publicly admit that I enjoy the build-up...

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...

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