What is involved in a memorial service?

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?

Politicians talk funeral poverty

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

Different attitudes across the generations

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

Private vs municipal burial grounds

What is the difference between private and municipal burial grounds?

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?