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  Baroness Thatcher’s coffin is borne into St Clement Danes. Pictured on the right, Richard Putt, friend of the GFG, member of the Natural Death Centre and a director of Leverton’s. 
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  Sad news for all fans of Winterwillow, the social enterprise of the WinterComfort charity for homeless people which enabled service users to develop basketweaving skills by making wicker coffins. The trustees have discontinued the project. All is not lost. Roger Fowle, lead tutor on the project, has set up
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Pace the spirit of the age, a celebration-of-life funeral does not fit everybody. Nasty, bad, horrible people die, too. We refrain from holding celebration-of-death funerals for them, preferring instead to curtail, allude and acknowledge, to a degree, often disguising our meaning between the lines. Difficult people die, too. They often
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  Posted by Richard Rawlinson A follow-up to Charles Cowling’s thirst-quenching piece about the need for independent undertakers to blow their trumpets louder to steal market share from the corporate chains, here.  It’s my hunch that some indies should stop perceiving themselves as niche, fringe and progressive, and instead project themselves
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  There’s a good review of the Natural Death Handbook, fifth edition, in the Huffington post. Here are some extracts:  The Natural Death Centre, the charity behind The Natural Death Handbook, exists to help re-open the dialogue about life’s end, offering a combination of practical advice, how-tos, go-tos, and reflections that inspire, comfort
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    One of the things that’s changed is that ever so many people end up falling into the clutches of technology at the end of their lives. Something happens to them and the emergency response is to admit them to hospital – because the traditional view is that doctors
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    We have this kind of conflict with doctors sometimes when coming ringing on doors and kind of going like, “Hello, I’m a doctor.” “That’s lovely, what do you want?” “I’ve come to see a body.” “Will mine do? What do you mean by that? Oh, have you come
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  Now that most funeral directors have a website it’s a good time to review the way they receive visitors on their home page. It’s a darn difficult one to get right and no mistaking. After all, no one wants to buy a funeral. So how do you allay fears,
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    Here’s an exchange between readers in the comments column of this article in the Guardian:    @MMTRocks – Thatcher was elected because the country could see the chaos and corruption of Scargill and the Left. That is a fact. Can you even begin to imagine where this country
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  Posted by Malu Swayne, creator of No Sad Songs ED’s NOTE: We have spent quite a lot of time talking to Malu and we think she is a thoroughly good thing. Classically trained herself, she has a wide range of really good musicians to call on. Like our friends