A DIY Halloween Funeral

Hello folks!  The eve of All Hallows is almost upon us and I for one am so ready for it.  It shares the top spot with Christmas for being one of my favourite festivals (mainly because I’m mildly obsessed with fancy dress). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to look into some funeral ideas…

Condolence Books

What do you think of when you imagine a condolence book? Something leather bound and formal? Maybe that’s exactly what you want and is absolutely perfect for the occasion. But what if it’s not? As with many things in the realm of funerals, the products available can be limited to what the bereavement industry considers…

Duck, Death and the Tulip

Explaining the concept of death to children can be a daunting and awkward task.  We are afraid of scaring of upsetting them but they are actually a lot more matter of fact and down to earth about these things than we give them credit for. These days there are many books available to help explain…

Some Burning Questions

Last night I was pointed towards this thread on Mumsnet entitled ‘Why don’t people rent coffins?’. The writer wanted to know why we burn beautiful and very expensive coffins when it would be cheaper and more eco-friendly to rent one. Looking at the responses that followed I was surprised to see how many people had questions about cremation…

Melting Memorials

When you think about grave markers 9 times out of 10 you’re probably going to be imaging the classic headstone. I spend a lot of time thinking about alternative ways to mark graves and today I’ve come up with something a little different for you……..ice. A beautiful block of ice could serve as a stunning…

A Safe Journey Home – Felicity Warner

I’ve just finished reading Felicity Warner’s beautiful book ‘A Safe Journey Home – A Simple Guide To Achieving a Peaceful Death’.  It’s full to the brim with practical and spiritual advice on how to ease the passage of the dying. Felicity Warner pioneered the Soul Midwife movement.  Soul Midwives are “holistic and spiritual companions to…

Alt-urn-atives

So you’ve decided to go for cremation. You’ve chosen your songs, the sandwiches and the appropriate selfie to go on the front of your funeral program. But have you thought about where your ashes are going to spend eternity? FUNERAL FYI: Ashes are not technically ashes. During the cremation process all organic material burns away…