How To Personalise A Funeral

Jeremy Field | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Field

Few of us want to admit it, but death is one of life's certainties. As a nation, we find death and end of life wishes one of the most difficult topics to discuss. It is a sobering subject and people can find funeral planning a sensitive or awkward matter, as if talking about dying will somehow make it happen. This, however, need not be the case.

Comedy vs Funerals

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

When people ask me how I can dare do stand-up comedy - on the grounds that it must be terrifying to risk humiliation in front of a crowd of people - I always say that it's nothing, nothing, nothing like as frightening as leading a funeral.

Grieving Couple Face Unexpected £1,000 Bill For Baby's Funeral

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents

A couple were unexpectedly given a bill of £1,000 for their son's funeral after a mistake by the Department of Work and Pensions. Nadia Oldale, 24...

Happy Endings

Mark Robins | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Robins

I wrote in December about doing Christmas brilliantly. I hope everyone did and had a great time. Part of that ramble was saying that Christmas is an opportunity to end the year well and start a new one well. Ending something well has become a bit of a theme over the last few weeks for a number of reasons.

Man Charged After Laptop Stolen From Little Boy's Funeral

PA | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

A man has been charged with burglary after a laptop was stolen from the funeral of a six-year-old.Parents last month issued an emotional appeal for th...

Sometimes There Are No Words, and That's Okay

Louise de Winter | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise de Winter

Paul was heartbroken when he heard his wife Susie had been killed in an accident, leaving behind their three small children. He'd been to plenty of funerals before and they just didn't seem to be relevant to the horror of the situation in which he found himself.

Ten Tips to Keep Funeral Costs Down

Poppy Mardall | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Poppy Mardall

The Royal London National Funeral Cost Index just released their research which shows that funeral costs across the UK have risen 4%, way above inflat...

Cancer Patient Books Church For Funeral, Ends Up Having Wedding There Instead

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A cancer patient has revealed how a miraculous recovery meant the church he booked for his funeral became the venue for his wedding instead. Sean M...

Crowdfunding is Popular: But Would You Crowdfund Your Funeral?

Emily McLaren | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily McLaren

It's yet to be seen whether or not funeral crowdfunding will really take off, but with the number of dedicated funeral crowdfunding platforms already out there, there's certainly an audience for it.

Dead Taxi Driver Is Placed At The Wheel Of His Cab For His Wake

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

A taxi driver who lost his battle with cancer has been immortalized behind the wheel of his cab at his wake. Victor Perez Cardona had told his dau...

My Dead Brother....

Gina Lyons | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

I often feel a connection to people when I find out they have lost a sibling. Its the forgotten thing. We talk about people losing their parents or children, but we don't really discuss what its like to lose a sibling.

69 People Dead After Drinking Beer Poisoned With Crocodile Bile At Funeral

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

69 people have died and a further 196 have been admitted to hospital after drinking contaminated beer during a funeral in Mozambique. The country...

'My Joy, My Hope, My Strength': Tributes For Tragic Bristol Mother & Baby

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK

Around 300 family and friends gathered on Friday to mourn the loss of a mother and her newborn daughter. Charlotte Bevan, 30, and four-day-old Zaan...

This Is The Ultimate Send Off

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech

Having your ashes sent into space has to be one of the most majestic ways to have a send off. Gene Roddenberry did it and he invented Star Trek. We...

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.

#ThumbsUpForStephen: 10,000 Turns Out For Cancer Teen's Funeral

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

He was the teenager who inspired a nation with his courage and commitment, raising more than £4m for the fight against a disease which took his life....

Want To Attend Tony Benn's Funeral? Here's How To Do It

PA | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

Details have been released of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn's funeral. The service will take place at St Margaret's Church in Westminste...

We Need to Talk...

Charlotte Kitley | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Kitley

Many assume I must be angry to be facing a premature death, questioning why did this have to happen to me? I am not angry, it's not a case of why me, but why not me? Cancer is often indiscriminate. I didn't smoke, take drugs or drink excessively. Yet I still have it in my lungs and liver.

'One Shot, Extra Skinny Latte': Caffeine Lover Buried In Costa Coffee-Themed Coffin (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK/ SWNS | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK

A coffee lover who tragically lost her battle with breast cancer has been laid to rest in a Costa inspired coffin. Karen Lloyd was known for her l...

Unusual Funeral Ceremony Requests On The Rise Including 'Wild West' Themes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you thought your friend or family member's wedding was the last time you'd have to wear an uncomfortable outfit or bite your tongue at the question...

Ohio Man Buried Astride Harley Davidson

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK

An Ohio man has been buried according to his dying wishes - astride his beloved Harley Davidson encased in a see-through glass casket. Billy Standl...

Funeral On Boxing Day For British Surgeon Killed In Syria

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The funeral of a British doctor who died while being held in custody in Syria will take place on Boxing Day, his family have confirmed. Dr Abbas Kh...

Your Dementia Is Killing Me

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

While we do not have the disease, our own lives can become overshadowed and change. We may lose part of ourselves (hopes, aspirations, freedom, love and support) and a level of being care-free: without having to worry, without having to care for another.

Supporting Children Following the Sudden Death of a Parent

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

The day-to-day support that children need during the grieving process is extensive and is required at a time when the other parent (in this instance, me) is at their lowest ebb. One thing that I have learnt in the last six months is that the grieving process is a very individual thing.

Buried With His Boots On: Fitting Farewell For 'Joker' Builder

Manchester Evening News | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

A practical joker has been buried with his boots sticking out of his coffin. Builder Jason Calvert suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage earlier this...