New special issues at a special price

To celebrate our third birthday we’ve gathered together our best articles from the last two years into two special issues.   For people in the first year of widowhood we have First Year Essentials.   It is a bumper 324 pages with no adverts. You’ll find practical advice and personal stories, with a special section on getting through the holidays and another on funerals and … Continue reading New special issues at a special price

Issue 10

Issue 10 is out now. Continue reading “Issue 10”

Westminster

On Tuesday politicians discussed funeral poverty

In Westminster Hall on Tuesday 13th October 2015, Paul Maynard MP organised a debate on funeral poverty. There was cross-party consensus that the current system must be improved. Many of the MPs who spoke, cited examples of funeral poverty in their constituencies and many also praised the work done by Quaker Social Action in campaigning against funeral poverty. You can read excellent coverage of who … Continue reading On Tuesday politicians discussed funeral poverty

Us Minus Mum

Book award: Us Minus Mum

Us Minus Mum is about two boys, their dog and their mum who is dying of a brain tumour. It has just won the first ever UK Literacy Association Highly Commended 7-11 Award. It was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.   The author is Heather Butler and you can read more about the book, including an extract, on her website http://www.heatherbutler.info/my-books/us-minus-mum/ Continue reading Book award: Us Minus Mum

Pie chart humour

ONS Survey of Bereaved People

Did you know the Office for National Statistics does an annual survey of bereaved people? Me neither.   The 2014 one is now available and mainly compares hospice, hospital and home care across England.   If stats are your thing you can read about it and download a copy here http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnational-health1/national-survey-of-bereaved-people–voices-/2014/stb-voices-2014.html Continue reading ONS Survey of Bereaved People

Dying To Know Day

Dying To Know Day

In Australia, August 8th is Dying To Know Day. This is an annual day of action to get people talking about death, dying and bereavement.   A charity called The Groundswell Project got it all going and already the hashtags #DyingToKnowDay and #D2K are cropping up in social media, highlighting this year’s events. Continue reading Dying To Know Day

Online help from HMRC

If you’ve inherited a business or are trying to start one of your own, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs want to help. They have produced a series of training courses available over the internet.   You’ll find details on the government’s central website here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-webinars-email-alerts-and-videos Continue reading Online help from HMRC

Changes to death registration in Scotland

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