Vigiling at home

Sometimes it’s good to keep your dead relative at home for a while before they go off with the funeral director. Even if someone dies in hospital or hospice it is usually possible to bring them back home for a while. It can be very healing to be able to spend quiet, unrushed, private time […]

What is Natural Burial?

More and more people are opting for a Natural Burial where an environmentally friendly cardboard or willow coffin, or woolen or bamboo cloth shroud, or even a pure cotton sheet if you prefer, can be used. There are a growing number of natural burial grounds in the area providing a beautiful [...]

What is a Death Café?

A few people recently have asked me what exactly is a Death Café. This is a good question and I hope I can answer it by saying it is a safe, respectful space where you can feel comfortable sharing your questions, curiosity, fears, beliefs and stories about any/all aspects of death, grief, [...]

What if I don’t want a funeral?

I was talking to my old aunt and she said she wasn’t going to have a funeral, she wanted to donate her body to medical research instead. She said she had never wanted a funeral, that they were a waste of money and she could just go to the local medical school. Sounds a good […]