Charles Cowling
  “When the place was packed full the undertaker he slid around in his black gloves with his softy soothering ways, putting on the last touches, and getting people and things all ship-shape and comfortable, and making no more sound than a cat. He never spoke; he moved people around,
Charles Cowling
  Browner’s memorial, Isle of Portland   The dead of the First World War were tucked up in cemeteries designed and regulated by Those Who Know Best. Edwin Lutyens was one of the architects. Rudyard Kipling was in charge of what was inscribed. The result is, most people agree, fitting
Charles Cowling
  A client review, just in, of GFG-recommended funeral director Andrew Smith: I lost my husband on 30th April, he died peacefully at home, following a three year battle with cancer. Never having had to organise a funeral before I didn’t have a clue where to start.  A friend recommended
Charles Cowling
  From the Birmingham Post 25 May 2014: They’re the Oscars you definitely would be seen dead at – and there’s guaranteed to be stiff opposition for a gong. The inaugural Ideal Death Show, a top of the plots for the funeral industry, promises to be a celebration in Birmingham
Charles Cowling
  The natural death movement in the UK of the early 90s was very much a child of its time. Its parents were the natural childbirth movement and the environmental movement. The happy coupling resulted in the birth of twins: the DIY funeral and natural burial. The natural burial movement
Charles Cowling
Example of a MuchLoved online charity giving page   We’re always happy to promote the work of top people we really like. One of them is Jonathan Davies and his team at MuchLoved. MuchLoved is the pioneer of online charity fundraising at funerals. Enhancements to the website’s functionality means it’s now possible to fundraise for any
Charles Cowling
  The following is by Charles Manby Smith writing in London Life magazine in 1853. Messrs. Moan and Groan know well enough, that when the heart is burdened with sorrow, considerations of economy are likely to be banished from the mind as out of place, and disrespectful to the memory
Charles Cowling
Dying Matters event, Brighton   ED’s WARNING: Very long, boring post today.  Dig down into the history of any profession and you quickly hit dirt. Medicine, for example. Go back a couple of hundred years and your spade clunks up against a deplorable assortment of scoundrelly self-taught barber-surgeons, apothecaries, midwives and drug peddlers wreaking all
Charles Cowling
  The GFG blogged about Dignity earlier this week — and look what happened to the share price. Source
Charles Cowling
  The number of funerals the average person is called upon to arrange in the course of a lifetime is just 2. (Mummy & Daddy) For some, though, Reaper G’s scythe lays waste to vast swathes of their nearest and dearest. For these unlucky souls, arranging and attending funerals can be pretty much a full time