Hello folks! Welcome to The Winding Sheet.
The Winding Sheet is a friendly space to talk openly and honestly about death and end of life ceremonies.
Let’s start at the beginning.
The cost of a funeral in the UK has sky rocketed by an incredible 80% since 2004 and dying now costs an average of £7,600. This is a huge amount of money! Money that most people don’t happen to have lying around. And thanks to death’s unpredictable nature you never know when you might be called upon to plan a funeral for a loved one. This is leaving more and more families with huge debts due to the pressure we put on ourselves to provide a good send off for our nearest and dearests.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
Recently there has been a resurgence of more (truly) traditional style funerals. Funerals that are ecologically friendly, more simple and personal, and a return to the ways in which we used to bid farewell to our loved ones.
The pressures placed upon us by other family members and society as a whole make us feel like anything other than the most expensive funeral is a disservice to the deceased. In reality this obviously isn’t true. A cardboard coffin decorated lovingly by friends and family is a beautiful and precious thing. A wake where people are asked to bring a food dish means everyone feels useful and involved in the funeral. This brings a little relief from the feelings of helplessness that death carries with it.
Of course, if a ‘traditional’ burial or cremation is what your loved one wanted then go for it! The Winding Sheet is just here to let you know that there are so many options available these days to make our funerals truly personal, beautiful, respectful AND affordable.
If you have any questions or just want to tell me about your brilliant funeral plans or your loved ones’ wonderful funerals you can get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massive love to you all my death positive friends,
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