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    Guest post by Wendy Coulton Choosing what to wear when conducting a funeral is an important aspect as a professional and for the bereaved I am serving. Advice which stuck with me when I was trained as a funeral celebrant was that I am not mourning and therefore
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  Writing in the spring 2013 issue of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management Journal, the editor, Bob Coates, writes: What was once the abnormal is now the normal with respect to funeral ceremonies on our premises … Less enamoured, however, may be the funeral director. Some may find
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  Posted by Richard Rawlinson With the trend for approaching funerals as celebrations of life, I gather it’s become more fashionable to wear bright colours that challenge the convention of wearing black for mourning. Is this the experience of undertakers and celebrants here? If so, are people dressing down in line
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    Posted by Richard Rawlinson Autumn/winter 2012/13 fashions are in the stores and Downton Abbey is back on TV for another series. Black is often a fashion favourite for the cooler seasons, but when black is coupled with Dowtonesque, Edwardian styling, the trend takes on a distinctly funereal look. The
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    Posted by Michael Jarvis, onetime Manager of the Natural Death Centre   For very many people in the UK ‘death’ is a subject left unmentioned. If you are reading this then you are part of a minority. A minority, furthermore, who would generally like to see more public
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Lockwood woman’s colourful funeral request – including a jester to walk in front of hearse     Funeral director Debbie Ingham dressed as a jester at the funeral of Margaret Harper IT WAS a fitting end to a colourful life. Lockwood grandmother Margaret Harper had only one dying wish –
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  By our funeral historian, Richard Rawlinson   Ashes into Glass is a jewellery company that inserts cremation ashes into crystal glass rings, pendants, earring and cufflinks. See the results here “It has helped me feel a little calmer about losing my dear Mum by knowing that a little part of

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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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  Rapper Flavo Flav, clad in his customary clock, attends the star-studded visitation and wake service of Heavy D last Thursday night.  Story.  
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Judith Simpson is a PhD student in the School of Design at the University of Leeds.  She is researching the way in which the dead body is dressed, ‘styled’ and presented and how (or even if) this relates to what people believe about life and death.  Here is Judith’s appeal