Death Acceptance and Positivity

Dying Matters
08000 21 44 66
Dying matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aim to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to make plans for end of life. Helpline and free leaflets online, including “5 things to do before I die”.  Holds a list of events for the public to attend and promotes the UK’s Dying Awareness Week in May each year.

Death Café
At death cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

0131 2722735
Good life, Good Death, Good Grief -Scottish website dedicated to promoting openness around the subject of death.

The Order of the Good Death
LA based, a collective of funeral professionals promoting death acceptance and positivity. see also Caitlin’s ‘ask a mortician’ series in the video section.

Living and Dying Consciously-

01736 799231 Transforming perceptions around death and dying; supporting people in rediscovering the deep understanding of ourselves and of life that death gives us.

Organ Donation-

0300 1231107 information about donating organs

Finity – community organisation caring for life, preparing for death

Soul Midwives spiritual and holistic companions to those facing end of life

Age UK 0800 169 6565 – Age concern & age UK working together for older people

Practical help for End of Life Care, Death and Funeral Arrangement

What to do after a death checklist as well as signposting to further advice.

The Natural Death Centre – Registered Charity
Help, support, advice or guidance planning a funeral, either for yourself or for someone else.
01962 712690,

Crossings: USA site Caring for Our Own at Death, A Home Funeral and Green Burial Resource Center

Crossings manual for home funeral care –

Funeral Celebrants
The leading directory of funeral celebrants in the UK.

Compassion in Dying
A national charity working to inform and empower people to exercise their rights and choices around end of life care. 0800 999 2434

The Good Funeral Guide
Independent, not-for-profit information resource. 01372 436595

Home Funeral network

The home funeral Network UK offers support, education and guidance for those involved in arranging a home-based, family-led funeral.

Funeral Helper

this site is dedicated to helping people to arrange a meaningful, significant and sincere funeral or end of life ceremony for a loved one by providing …

Advanced Decisions Assistance

A charity working to raise awareness of Advance Decisions (‘living wills’) and to help people complete them.

Final Fling

0845 2001132    – Sort your paperwork, make plans, leave instructions, live life to the full.

Hospice UK 02075208200

information about hospice care nationally

Bereavement and Grief Support and Information

Support & Care After Road Death Injury
0845 123 5541

Support after Murder and Manslaughter
0845 872 3440

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
0844 561 6855   survivors of bereavement by suicide exits to meet the needs & break the isolation of those bereaved by the suidide of a close relative or friend

Counselling Directory
0844 8030 240

Cruse Bereavement
0844 477 9400

Dignity in Dying
020 7479 7730
Aims ‘to make it legal for a competent adult, who is suffering unbearably from an incurable illness, to receive medical help to die at their own considered and persistent request’. Pioneers of the Living Will.

24-hour confidential support for those in despair, distressed or suicidal.
Helpline 116 123

The Way Foundation
0870 011 3450
A national charity for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died.

Bereavement Advice Centre 01789265077 – information & advice on practical concerns after death

Child and Baby Charities and Child Bereavement

Winston’s Wish
Offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
Helpline 08452 030405

The Compassionate Friends
0345 1203785
Supporting bereaved parents, siblings & grandparents after a child dies.

Child Bereavement UK
01494 568900 National organisation supporting families & training professionals in a wide range of child bereavements

Child Death Helpline
0800 282986

Child Funeral Charity
01480 276088

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity
(Sands ) 020 7436 5881

The Lullaby Trust
020 7802 3200

The Miscarriage Association
01924 200795

Grief Encounter
Helping children through Bereavement
Helpline 020 8371 8455

Papyrus 0800 068 41 41 a national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides

Together 4 short lives Together for short lives is a UK Charity for children and young people who are expected to have short lives.

bristol based 0808 8088 100 /  0117 989 7820

Specific Illness Charities

MacMillan Cancer Relief Fund
0808 808 00 00

The Stroke Association
0303 3033 100

The Terence Higgins Trust
020 7812 1601

Funeral Comparison sites
Independent & Impartial Funeral Comparison & Booking Service.
Services: Find a Funeral Director, Price Comparison, Pre-Paid Plans, Independent Reviews

Online funeral resource. Funeral director reviews, online obituaries and practical information to help you arrange your loved one’s funeral.

Suppliers List

For cardboard coffins:

Cardboard coffins  Earth to heaven 01243 786072 Designer coffins in various colours & designs in Cardboard, Wooden & Wicker

Greenfield creations Contact:  
Tel: 01440 788866

For Willow coffins:

Somerset Willow

Hand-woven by one of their skilled basked makers in their workshops in Somerset. Coffins supplied directly to funeral Directors.

Gadsby Wicker coffins

Handmade, eco-friendly Willow and Seagrass coffins. Ideal for green or natural burials. All of the coffins are supplied directly to Funeral Directors.  Tel: 01278 437123

Eco coffins  Bamboo coffins, willow coffins, pandanus coffins, banana coffins, pine coffins, cardboard coffins, eco-friendly coffins, environmentally friendly coffins, fair trade coffins caskets and shrouds by Ecoffins based in Sittingbourne Kent. – order vis Funeral Director but if doing a Home funeral, the company happy is to liaise directly.

For sustainable wood coffins:
John Connell makes lovely, simple coffins for burial and cremation, from his base in Gloucestershire.
Tel: 0300 303 1022

For Woollen/ Felt Coffins: 
Bellacouche on Dartmoor, create a range of unique hand-crafted items from wool felt: from tea-cosies to shrouds and eco coffins –  by Yuli Somme. The Leafcocoon & Leafpod are a complete alternative to conventional wooden coffins and are suitable for traditional, natural and woodland burial grounds.
Tel: 01647 441405 or 07763 935897

Funeral Order of Service stationary- although easy to create your own

Gateway – funeral stationery to the trade

Care Print – order of service

Funeral Stationery