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    Blog reader Kathryn Edwards has drawn our attention to an interesting article in the Guardian. Thanks, Kathryn.  In it, Rosanna Greenstreet tells how her aunt Molly donated her body for medical education or research, thereby denying everyone the benefit of a funeral. Greenstreet tells us what family and
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    It makes us very, very happy, today, to salute the launch of a business created by an extraordinarily nice person. Her name is Poppy Mardall and her business is called Poppy’s. What a brilliant name.  Here at the GFG we have been following Poppy’s progress through her development
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  The family of Bailey Massey, who died aged nine months, accompanies his body to his funeral dressed as his favourite cartoon characters.    Source
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  There’s a very charming and touching account here of what would conventionally be reckoned the very alternative funeral of Thomas Hine, pictured above. His beautiful Leafshroud, below, was made by Yuli Somme here.      
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Posted by Vale They’ve been operating in Los Angeles (where else?) since 1974. Lately though they’ve become especially popular with local gangs – many of whom are killed in drive by shootings and who feel safer behind the bullet proof glass. Found on the web here.
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  Spare a thought this morning for Lynda Hannah, owner of Living Legacies, a green funeral company in New Zealand with an alternative, less than rigidly formal approach to funerals. Ms Hannah likes to empower families to play their part, do what they can, take ownership. There are funeral directors of her
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  3 mins 54 secs The Free Funeral Service Society was founded by Kyaw Thu, a Burmese film actor and film director. One of the top leading men of Burmese cinema in the 1980s and 1990s, Kyaw Thu continues to star in films and has directed several successful films. Since

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  The Natural Death Handbook, Fifth Edition A thoroughly updated and revised edition of the Natural Death Centre‘s celebrated handbook. Now presented alongside a new collection of essays on death, dying and funeral practices by doctors, historians, authors, poets, theologians and artists including Richard Barnett, David Jay Brown, Dr Sheila Cassidy,
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  When the GFG went to the London Funeral Exhibition last summer at Epping Woodland Burial Park we met Angie Whitaker, who works at a sister burial ground, Chiltern.  Her husband is buried in the woods there. Angie gave a talk to visitors about her experience of natural burial. I
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    Several hundred people turned up to pay their respects to the popular young man known as “Dougs”, who was carried to the outdoor ceremony in a wooden casket made by family and friends. Two farm dogs had place of honour next to his casket, which was placed on