If asked to picture a coffin, many people will probably conjure up the image of a wooden box with metal handles. However, the reality is that coffins are now available in a wide variety of materials and styles.
Although burials and cremations remain the most common eventualities following a death, some people choose to donate their body to medical science. Here, we outline what you must do in order to ensure this can take place, if that is your wish…
During Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018, we launched our latest funeral planning resource.
There are many innovations taking place in the funeral industry, from funeral announcements via social media to webcasting funeral services. With the internet and contemporary technologies offering different methods of continuing familiar traditions, one of the most popular newer developments in this industry is to facilitate donations to charity being made online.
One of the key benefits of increased dialogue about death, dying and bereavement, is finding out how people of varying beliefs deal with these issues, and how their rites and rituals differ- and have commonality- with our own.
Given that death is one of the few genuine common experiences we will all ultimately have, it follows that we will all, at some point, be in the position of being bereaved. Whether we grieve for a friend, family member, colleague, or someone else we were connected to, bereavement will happen to all of us […]
One of the many ways in which it is possible to support our community is to volunteer at a hospice. You may be surprised to learn that there are a wide range of ways to achieve this, far beyond actually visiting the hospice itself. As hospices are privately funded, much of their running costs are […]
In the world of Dying Matters, Death Cafes are well-known. The organisation was set up in 2011, and states its objective as: ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
A question which I am surprised that I have not really given much thought to over the 11 years I have been working in the funeral industry is ‘what are children taught about death’?
Death is a topic that many people are reluctant to talk about, and since 2009 the Dying Matters Coalition have been trying to change this. It would seem lately that some progress has been made –Disney has made a groundbreaking film, “Coco”, and there have been an increasing number of books launched discussing many aspects […]
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