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  An account of a home funeral:  This is the first time I am so close. There is a body bag on the table, waiting to be opened. Our best friends’ 22-year-old son’s body is inside. His mother and father are across from me, brothers beside, with several women gathered
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    I’ve been sitting on a nice email which arrived a few days ago from Back2Back, a TV production company: I just wanted to let you know that our documentary is airing on Thursday 10th Jan, at 10pm on Channel 5. Cripes, that’s tonight already, isn’t it?  They add:  Thank you so
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  When Anne Conley told her daughter, Georgia Ramin, that she intended to die at home and then stay there for three days, looked after by her friends in the Minnesota Threshold Network, a group who help with home funerals, Georgia was not happy about it: “I thought it was horrible and disgusting.” Read
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  From an article by Cassandra Yonder, home funeral guide and death midwife:  The difference between home and “traditional” funerals is subtle yet significant. When families choose to stay present to care for their loved ones in death they come to understand in a real and meaningful way that the
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A Home Funeral Story from Camie Bargerstock on Vimeo.
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  A few weeks ago I bumped into a funeral director I like and admire. He was bursting with something he had just learned and needed to share: Ken West is not bonkers, official. He’d met Ken at some do or other and had revelled in a feast of reason and a
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  Yup, history is made. As of 1 April 2012 the City of London crematorium is offering a drop-off service for direct cremationists, and those who have been waked at home, between 8 and 9 in the morning. Hats off! Our thanks to the lovely and brilliant Tony Piper for
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  Posted by Charles   I’ve always liked the idea of Viroqua, Wisconsin. It seems to be the hometown of a lot of very nice people, all four and a bit thousand of them. Viroqua was dubbed ‘The Town That Beat Walmart’ in 1992 because its small businesses are able
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  Josh Slocum, Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance in the USA, is a major hero to all who toil at the GFG-Batesville Tower. Here he is talking on the telly about funeral pricing and home funerals. It’s interesting to note the similarities with the British funeral industry, in

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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,