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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Stories of families being unable to afford funerals have hit the headlines. The campaign for Fair Funerals has won awards and the support of a national newspaper. But what are the politicians doing?
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An interview with Trevor Moore of The British Humanist Association
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Stories of families being unable to afford funerals have hit the headlines. The campaign for Fair Funerals has won awards and the support of a national newspaper. But what are the politicians doing? The subject has attracted cross-party support and several parliamentarians have been working hard to alleviate the suffering of those most in need but there is still a lot of work to … Continue reading Politicians talk funeral poverty
The elders and youngsters in my family have each handled the death of my husband quite differently. And my approach has been different to both of them. But it turns out that I’m not an island of reasonableness in a sea of eccentrics. We’re just living in a time when there are big differences between the generations. I lazily think of us as three … Continue reading Different attitudes across the generations
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?