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Why you should plan your own funeral

9 September 2019
by James Harrison/Mr Undertaker
 
 
Talking about death is seen as one of the final taboos.  Time and again research shows that we, the British public are very reluctant to talk about death or think about our own funeral. Why should we?  As funeral directors we’re often told by our customers that thinking about your own mortality can lead to a dark place - “why would you do that voluntarily?” they inevitably ask.
 

‘Life must go on’. How can we make it easier on our loved ones to move forward after a death?

24 June 2019

Rachel Smith, Co-founder of Lifefyle, talks about life admin and how organising your life not only lightens your mental load, but has the added benefit of being a comfort and help to your family in the event of your death.


 

How to support a child who loses a beloved pet

15 May 2019

The death of a pet is a very challenging event in a young child’s life and they need guidance from their teachers, parents or grandparents to help them make sense of this loss.  

Body Donation

1 April 2019

Dr Claire F Smith, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

 

A Daughter’s Grief Helps Raise Funds For Hospice

26 March 2019

Have you ever had one of those days where one phone call changes the pattern of the rest of your life?

That happened to me on 19th December 2011 when I received a call from my Dad explaining that Mum was in severe pain. A few weeks later she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Then to add to that my Dad was diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer in May.

Dying Matters Dudley, Creating Conversations and Death Friendly Communities

20 March 2019

 by Gemma Allen, Dying Matters Dudley/ The Mary Stevens Hospice

 

Why is talking about death and dying such an uncomfortable topic?

Why we are happy to share birth stories with near strangers, yet not speak openly about end of life wishes?

Is it the fear of upsetting others, or superstition of tempting fate?

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