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Funeral Music: Classic & Contemporary Songs for a Meaningful Farewell

Music is a vital part of any funeral service. It has a unique ability to evoke emotions and bring comfort during times of grief. Whether a song or a piece of instrumental music, both have the power to surround the listener with memories.

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Managing Social Media Accounts When A Loved One Dies

During difficult times, social media should be the least of your worries. The question as to what to do with a loved one’s digital accounts after they pass away may be one you’ve never even considered. Here we have laid out some simple steps to guide you through the different options available.

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How to Plan a Funeral

Navigate funeral planning with our comprehensive guide, offering step-by-step support and advice to honour your loved one’s memory.

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Which Funeral Urn Should You Choose?

Choosing the right funeral urn can be a deeply personal and sometimes overwhelming decision during a time of loss. It’s not just about finding a container for your loved one’s ashes, it’s about giving them a memorial that reflects their personality and the love you shared.

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What Funeral Stationery Do I Need?

When it comes to planning a funeral, there are many details to consider and choosing the right stationery is one of them. Funeral stationery might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it plays a vital role in creating a memorable and respectful tribute to your loved one.

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How Does Pet Care Work After the Death of an Owner?

If you’re a pet owner, it can be sensible to consider what will happen to your furry friend after you pass away. That way, you know they’re provided for, no matter what may happen.

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How Do I Choose a Funeral Director?

Arranging the funeral of a loved one may feel overwhelming. That’s where funeral directors can help.

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Finding the Right Words: What to Write in a Book of Condolence

In times of loss and grief, finding the right words to express your condolences can be a challenging task. For those who have lost a loved one, a book of condolences acts as a physical symbol of sympathy and love. Through it, loved ones, friends, and acquaintances can express their deepest sympathies and offer comfort.

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Funeral Vehicles: What Are Your Options?

When it comes to organising funeral services, one of the key factors to take into consideration is the transportation. As well as transportation for the coffin itself, you may also require a suite of funeral vehicles for friends and family members.

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Alternative Funeral Options: Are They Right for Me?

A traditional funeral service may not be suitable for everyone, for a variety of reasons. When thinking ahead to the kind of send-off you would prefer, or when planning for a loved one, it is important to consider the type of funeral that best celebrates the life lost.

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Are Wicker Coffins Expensive in the UK?

Wicker coffins offer an environmentally friendly alternative to a traditional wooden coffin. They are biodegradable and feature a softer, basket-weave design that makes them a popular choice for certain traditional funerals. However, they are particularly well known for their use in natural burials.  

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What are the Stages of Loss and Grief?

When someone dies, it can trigger a range of emotions among those left behind. This grieving process is personal and unpredictable, as the bereaved struggle to come to terms with their loss. That’s often complicated by simply not knowing what to do when someone dies.

This post considers the stages of loss and grief and outlines a few formal theories relating to bereavement. It also provides some sources of support for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the grieving process.

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Funeral Etiquette – Who Should Speak at a Funeral?

Speaking at a funeral is considered a significant privilege. However, this role can also make an overwhelming number of emotions and fears come to the surface.

In reality, no specific rules exist on who should speak at a funeral. That’s because every person is different and will have various wishes and needs following the passing of a loved one.

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What are the Most Popular Funeral Flowers – and What Do They Mean?

Giving flowers at a funeral service is a long-held tradition. However, picking the best assortment can be challenging, especially with the range of beautiful flower species available.  

Before a funeral, the deceased’s family often give out the funeral home’s details to organise the delivery of the flowers. These are then placed with the coffin and pay a loving tribute during the service. Take a look at our guide on funeral flower etiquette for more.

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What Does a Funeral Home Do? 

Arranging a funeral can be a very challenging experience for everyone. There are numerous aspects to be figured out before your loved one is laid to rest. However, assistance is available during this difficult process.  

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How Long Do I Have to Register a Death?  

When a loved one passes away, it’s an incredibly difficult time for family and friends. As well as grieving, there are some things that need to be done. As a result, it can be easy to lose track of the paperwork that needs to be filled in. Whilst registering a death in the UK can initially seem to be a confusing process, it’s actually relatively simple to understand. That said, taking too long to register a death can be a costly error.  

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Choosing Clothes for Funeral

What to Wear to a “No Black Attire Allowed” Funeral

When you’re attending a funeral, it’s important to stay respectful in both your appearance and behaviour. Wearing something appropriate is a key element of that and given the sombre nature of funerals, black is the general rule of thumb.

However, there are some funerals where black is specifically prohibited – at the request of the deceased or their loved ones.

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What to Say at a Funeral: 8 Helpful Suggestions

Knowing what to say at a funeral can be tough. Whether you are attending because you knew the deceased personally or just supporting someone close, it’s important to express your condolences. Remember, the main thing is to speak with kindness and compassion.

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What Should I Wear to a Funeral?

Losing a loved one is always a difficult process. When dealing with grief, simple tasks like getting ready in the morning can seem daunting. This is especially true on the morning of the funeral when emotions are running particularly high.

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What to do With Your Loved One’s Ashes

After cremation, you need to decide what to do with your loved one’s ashes. You might like to consider a decorative urn or perhaps something to keep close to you and look at or wear every day.

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Choosing a coffin

Choosing a Coffin

Choosing a coffin for someone close to you can bring great comfort to you and helps with the grieving process. This short article outlines the practical considerations for choosing a casket or coffin and gives an overview of the choices available to you.

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Considering a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan? What you need to know.

Knowing that your funeral costs are covered, and that your relatives will not have unexpected bills when you die, can provide great peace of mind to both you and your family

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Offsetting our Carbon Footprint

We have taken positive action to offset our carbon footprint by supporting climate projects around the world that prevent greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere

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What to Do When Someone Dies

What to Do When Someone Dies

It is a stressful and upsetting time when a family member has passed away and this guide offers support and gives you information on what you need to do next.

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How to compose a eulogy

How to Compose a Eulogy

It is a great honour to be invited to write and deliver a eulogy to celebrate and honour the life of someone who has died but having said that it’s perfectly natural to feel a little daunted and apprehensive at the prospect.

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Funeral Flowers

The Etiquette of Funeral Flowers

Funeral flowers are a traditional way to pay tribute to a loved one at a funeral. They can often convey the right sentiment when words are so hard to find.

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