The De-Commodification of Death and Funeral Rites

Julian Vigo | Posted 07.03.2016 | 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 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.

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.

Funerals Are Weird

Naomi Barrow | Posted 15.11.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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

Funeral Frenzy: Mourners, Entrepreneurs and the Price of Death in Africa

Dr Rebekah Lee | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK
Dr Rebekah Lee

A veritable credit industry has emerged to help fund these elaborate funerals. Infomercials on weekday morning televisions market funeral policies endorsed by famous South African entertainers.

Clutch Bags and Tears?

Naomi Hefter | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I thought about writing about how I haven't seen wood lice in over ten years, but that's just weird right? So, I'm going to write about my funeral. Because that's not weird at all. The reason I'm writing about my funeral is because a friend of mine out of the blue recently said to me "If you die any time soon, can I have your clutch bag collection?"

Attending Your Own Funeral? Coming Soon

Paul Carroll | Posted 23.01.2013 | Home
Paul Carroll

Twitter, of course, seems to be doing its best to despatch the still living to the great beyond, with rumours of the deaths of pop stars, film actors and politicians regularly reaching halfway round the world before the 'mistake' - for which read 'spoof' - is unmasked. Margaret Thatcher has already died 10 times this year in the bubble of social media.

Death Shouldn't Mean Debt

Simon Cox | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cox

Although too often an afterthought, end of life costs should form a central part of this planning; a loved one passing away is a difficult enough time as it is, unattended and unexpected financial costs should not add further upset at a time when loved ones are grieving.

Corpse Stored Like 'Television Sets' In Body Warehouses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK

The UK's biggest funeral company is launching an inquiry after it was revealed that dead bodies were being stored on top of each other like "televisio...

Wendii's DIY Funeral for Her Mother

Ellee Seymour | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ellee Seymour

I had no idea about burials laws until coming across Wendii Miller, a Cambridge graduate, who carried out her own DIY burial for her 98-year-old mother Doris, even digging the grave after collecting her corpse from Grimsby Hospital mortuary and driving her mother's remains back to a burial site outside Harrogate.

Hundreds Pay Tribute To At Afghanistan Soldier's Funeral

PA | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK

More than 200 mourners gathered for the funeral of an Army officer who was killed by an improvised explosive device while leading a patrol in Afghanis...

Cancer Patients Are 'More Worried About Their Finances Than Death'

PA | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK

Cancer patients and their families are 20 times more likely to ask for help about financial issues than death and dying, figures suggest. Four out ...

Julian, RIP

Pearl Lowe | Posted 04.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Pearl Lowe

I have been lucky enough in my life not to lose anyone that I was really close to. Apart from my grandparents, who passed away in old age, I can thankfully say that my immediate family and all of my good friends are still here with me. Death is the one thing that doesn't grow easier with age and I can only hope that I am strong enough to deal with the inevitable when it eventually happens.

More Weddings and a Funeral

James Jackson | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
James Jackson

There is nothing quite like it. The hopes and joys and fears and promise, the comedy of errors and clash of class, the mix of characters and range of emotion, the execrable speeches and appalling dancing and the potential for calamitous farce.

Death And Sandwiches

Andrew Webb | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Webb

Whenever human beings gather to celebrate, food and drink is there - wetting babies' heads, birthday cakes, parties, the Christmas dinner, the wedding breakfast. But it's also there at the more wan and sorrowful times, often in a quieter, more humbler guise; it has a part to play in healing the sick, and eventually, in the final commemoration of our lives.