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  The winter cold is beginning to nip your ears and gnaw your toes. Time to order some of  Yuli Somme’s Foot Felts — incredibly warm, snug insoles for your shoes or boots. Here at the GFG-Batesville Shard, where austerity measures forbid us from turning on the heat until evening,
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  Did you like it?  I’d be inclined to give it 10 out of 10.  Last night’s BBC2 programme Dead Good Job is well worth watching. If you missed it, it covers:  a Muslim funeral company’s attempts to bury the dead as quickly as possible in accordance with Islamic tradition,
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The Green Burial of Steve Sall from Manuel Valdes on Vimeo.
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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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  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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There’s an engaging little story in January’s Funeral Service Journal describing the custom at Norwich Great Hospital, back in the medieval day, requiring those who had fallen into indigent, aged decrepitude (50+ female BBC presenters, for example) to bring with them, as their entry pass, a coffin. Not so different perhaps
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The words that follow are by Thomas Lynch, a hero to so many of us in the UK. (In the US there are those who reckon him paternalistic, but we don’t need to go into that. It’s complicated.) Funerals are about the living and the dead — the talk and
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The body of Yuli Somme’s mother is borne away for burial in a Devon field, February, 2010. The shroud was made by Yuli. You can have one, too. Visit her website. A beautiful, beautiful photo.
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I wonder what people who visit graves think their loved one looks like now—or whether they think about it at all. I was talking last week to Ken West, the man who gave us natural burial, and he opined that they think of them as uncorrupted. People shut their eyes