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…

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…

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…

Real Funerals – Nan

I’m going to be sharing some real funeral stories on The Winding Sheet. I hope these will help inspire, comfort and instill some confidence in your own abilities to organise a beautiful funeral when the time comes. We can learn so much from other people’s experiences (both positive and negative). We can gain some brilliant…

Under The Sea

Burial at sea is beautiful and due to the tight restrictions and rules it’s also a relatively good green option. It’s still not hugely popular however. This is probably down to the aforementioned restrictions as well as the fact there are only 3 locations available for sea burial in the UK and one of those is…