For small, simple estates, don’t assume you have to pay professionals to do everything for you. There is a lot of information now online. The best basic, all-rounders are still the official What to do after a death, guides. As systems are different from place to place, you’ll find Northern Ireland’s one on NIDirect, Scotland’s one on the Scottish Government’s website and the one … Continue reading Estate How-Tos
Q: My in-laws keep talking about a memorial service. I’m not sure what one is and who is supposed to organise it. A: As with funerals, we assume there are strict rules for these occasions but there are not. Some religions and cultures have traditions but there’s not much in law saying what you can or can’t do, beyond existing laws. A memorial … Continue reading What is involved in a memorial service?
We asked Yvonne Wilson of the National Association of Memorial Masons for her recommendations on how to get this most heartfelt of purchases right.
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An interview with Trevor Moore of The British Humanist Association
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I don’t know who gave me mine in those first couple of days as a dazed new widow. I stuffed it in my bag with all the other paperwork. A year or so later when I wanted to use that bag again, I found it. It answered all the official and admin questions I’d lain awake puzzling over before the funeral and beyond. You … Continue reading Read one of these
It might feel daunting but remember that you’re about to start dealing with a handful of people who only deal with people like you. Ask for help. Ask for things to be repeated or written down. Ask if you can get back to them later. The decisions you won’t regret are the ones where you can say, it’s what he or she would have … Continue reading Buying a burial plot in a hurry
Municipal burial grounds are run by local councils. Private burial grounds are run by an individual, a small company or a charity. Both will have their own set of rules with which you will have to comply so ask for a copy (or two) to read before you sign anything. Well-run private burial grounds are often seen as more accommodating to families who … Continue reading What is the difference between private and municipal burial grounds?
We did an article about this in issue 6. The changes come into force today. There’s a good story about the changes here on the BBC website (HT to @JohnBirrell600): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32709834 And here’s our article: From Wednesday 13th May, all deaths in Scotland will have to be registered before a burial or cremation can take place. This change is the latest … Continue reading Changes to death registration in Scotland