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…

Death Cafe are opening a real cafe….in London!

The brilliant Death Cafe is putting together plans and resources to open a real Death Cafe in London. This is very exciting news!! For those of you unfamiliar with Death Cafe it is a not for profit organisation that organises group directed discussions about death. Their objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a…

Dying Debt

As I mentioned in my first ever post dying is an expensive business. These days in the UK dying costs an average of £7600 and it’s still rising. This is obviously a huge problem. It’s a sad reality in the UK that the death of a family member can often send families (especially those on…