Planning An Alternative Funeral? Nine Things You Need To Know

Louise de Winter | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louise de Winter

If you're reading this because someone has died, I'm so sorry that you find yourself in this situation. I hope that the information below will help you to put together a meaningful funeral that is a genuine reflection of the person who has died, whilst also helping you to process your grief.

There Is No Reward For The Terrorist In The Hereafter

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Sufiya Ahmed

The accusation from many against the British Muslim community in the wake of the London terror attack is that spiritual leaders do not condemn the ter...

Don't Kid Yourself - You Should Be Planning Your Funeral

Jessica Hanson | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

So why do people make these offhand comments? I think it's a way of denying our mortality. As much as we intellectually know that one day we will die, a deep part of our psyche is fighting that fact. When we say, "It doesn't matter", partly it's because we don't want to admit that one day, inevitably, it definitely will matter.

21st Century Goodbyes

Philip De Ste Croix | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip De Ste Croix

Funerals are never going to be happy occasions but increasingly we are seeing people wishing to forego the traditional sombre ceremony in favour of a more upbeat 'celebration of life'.

Death In A Digital Age

Jeremy Field | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Jeremy Field

Social media now extends into every aspect of life, from parents posting 12 week scans on Facebook to friends setting up 'in memory of' pages to remember loved ones. Our digital footprint exists from cradle to grave and beyond, with digital communications changing the way we talk about death and even how we plan for it.

How To Cope When Faced With The Reality Of A Family Passing

Philip De Ste Croix | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip De Ste Croix

Philip De Ste Croix, head of future planning at Damsons shares practical and emotional advice for parents and families, who are faced with telling the...

If Grieving Parents Aren't Worthy Of Help, Who Is?

Jessica Hanson | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jessica Hanson

Losing a child is one of the most painful, life-altering experiences anyone can endure. Surely, if anyone deserves to have an extra financial burden lifted, it is these parents? If we want to live in a society that helps the most vulnerable, that holds out a hand to those who are struggling to go on, how can we ever justify charging parents the cost of burying their child?

Livestreaming Funerals Isn't Weird - It's A Vital Service For The Bereaved

Jessica Hanson | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Tech
Jessica Hanson

Of course, every leap of progress should be accompanied by a little caution, but sometimes it feels as though we're far too willing to miss out on incredible improvements to our lives because we do not want to leave our comfort zone.

How To Personalise A Funeral

Jeremy Field | Posted 14.10.2017 | 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.

Alas Poor Yorick

Helen Keeler | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Helen Keeler

People almost always say nice things about dead people. You can't speak ill of the dead, people say, but they're wrong, you can, they can't hear you. It's not just obituaries, it's eulogies. I went to a funeral once and the vicar was saying such nice things that I thought I'd turned up to the wrong crematorium.

Terminally-Ill Woman Will Attend Her Own Wake, After Friends Decide To 'Send Her Out With A Bang'

PA Real Life | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A terminally ill woman will attend her own wake – after her friends and family decided to “send her out with a bang”. Pauline Davison, 59, of Mo...

The De-Commodification of Death and Funeral Rites

Julian Vigo | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Julian Vigo

Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and who is also the person in charge of funeral arrangements can relate to the feeling of having t...

Happy Endings

Mark Robins | Posted 14.01.2017 | 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.

Sometimes There Are No Words, and That's Okay

Louise de Winter | Posted 19.11.2016 | 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.

Funerals Are Weird

Naomi Barrow | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

One aunt came up with the idea of having flowers near Mum's coffin for people to place on top if they wanted to, which nearly everyone did. I didn't, though - I placed a letter that I had written to Mum the night before and had folded into an origami crane.

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...

Funerals Are So Costly They're Plunging Families Into Poverty

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK

A charity has launched a new campaign to tackle funeral poverty, after it was revealed that the cost of dying has risen seven times faster than the co...

The Seven Reasons to Attend A Death Café

Liberty Forrest | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Generally speaking, Western culture shuns, fears and hides from death whenever possible. It is shrouded in mystery, and in fact, in secrecy to some extent. We don't like to discuss it at all, but when we must, we use euphemisms for it. We shield our children from it, we don't let them attend funerals...

Holding the Moment - Why We Still Need Ritual in Modern Life

Tiu de Haan | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tiu de Haan

When Grace Gelder's self-marriage hit the headlines last week, it started a conversation about what it means to celebrate single life with a ceremony. I was the one who led Grace's ceremony that spring day. I'm what is known as a "celebrant" - someone who helps people create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate life.

Lies, Lies and Damn Statistics and How to Remember the Dead

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Lies, lies and damn statistics That expression of 'lies, lies and damn statistics', always makes me laugh. I spent many long years huddled in dark roo...

Dead Woman Gets A Front Row Seat For Her Own Wake

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

A dead Puerto Rican woman was guest of honour at her own wake after she was propped up in her favourite rocking chair and duly placed centre of the fe...

'I S**t You Not'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

There's hankering after a Zinger Tower Burger and then there's this... Too tight: The vehicle couldn't get through the gap That's right, a hears...

Yep, Funeral Selfies Are Actually A Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"This was a funeral selfie am I going to hell?" one teen trout pout poser asks. Well, we can pretty much categorically answer you here: Yes. Yes you a...

Top 12 Alternative Ways To Die

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

As final resting places go, burials may still be the most traditional, but with a recent BBC survey revealing that there will be no space to bury the ...

No, I Will Not Attend Your E-Funeral

Katie Found | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Tech
Katie Found

In the midst of my Google investigation, I called my mum and told her that if I happen to die before her, she is not to allow my funeral to be live-streamed. Live-tweeted, maybe, but definitely not live-streamed