Charles Cowling


“Tendagrave is a free service for people who cannot for whatever reason tend a family or friend’s grave. It will put you in touch with other people in a similar situation. You then offer to tend a grave in your local area and, in return, your loved one’s grave will also be lovingly looked after.”

 It’s a very simple and therefore beautiful idea with the potential to do a lot of good. It’s free – the idea is that no money changes hands – and the site owner, Jennifer Barsby-Robinson, will make no money out of it.

Call to action

1) Consider making a donation. Here at the GFG we’re skint, but we’ve stumped up a tenner.

2) If you’re a funeral director, consider doing something promotional in your window.

3) Find Tendagrave here

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Jenny Barsby-Robinson

I just wanted to say a big thankyou to Charles for blogging about us!

The last few days have been quite overwhelming but we’ve had some lovely responses to the website.

I’m really hopeful that lots of people will receieve the help they need

David Holmes

Interesting that this should be discussed in the media on the same day as the video of the lady stealing flowers from a child’s grave. It’s a great idea – I hope it catches on.

Kathryn Edwards
Kathryn Edwards

Jolly nice idea.
Improves connection with the Ancestors.

I’ve heard of an equivalent system for keeping a friendly eye out for older people: you do my mum, I’ll do yours.

All of this is good in our fragmented geographies.