Organ Donation & Home Deaths

Hello lovely folk, I’ve got a short and sweet post for you today. I’ve been spending some time recently thinking about organ donation and home deaths/funerals. I began wondering if these two wonderful things worked together and whether you’d have to sacrifice one for the other. To answer my questions (and hopefully yours) I spoke…

My Last Hurrah

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Ahhhh smell the crisp clean air and the feel the fresh wave of hope. At this time of year we’re thinking about the positive changes we want to make in our lives.  Which makes it the perfect time to join the gym, buy a vegetable juicer, plan your funeral!! Throw the perfect…

A Magical Walk Through Rakowicki Cemetery

Considering I’m such an advocate for green burial and a ‘leave no trace’ mind set, I don’t half love a cemetery. I was recently lucky enough to visit the beautiful Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow whilst it was dusted with snow.  The cemetery was built in about 1800 but has expanded massively since then. It now covers…

Death and Dying in the 1900s…..in 3D!!!!

Stereographs are beautiful and offer a 3D window into the past. People recorded all sorts of things through this medium including landscapes, fictional dioramas, war, porn and of course death. However you need the kit to help bring these pictures to life. Luckily for us the brilliant people over at the New York Public Library…

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…