Death Acceptance and Positivity
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.
At death cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.
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.
01736 799231 Transforming perceptions around death and dying; supporting people in rediscovering the deep understanding of ourselves and of life that death gives us.
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.
Crossings: USA site Caring for Our Own at Death, A Home Funeral and Green Burial Resource Center
Crossings manual for home funeral care –http://www.crossings.net/resourceguide030109.pdf
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
The home funeral Network UK offers support, education and guidance for those involved in arranging a home-based, family-led funeral.
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 …
A charity working to raise awareness of Advance Decisions (‘living wills’) and to help people complete them.
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
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
0844 8030 240
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.
Bereavement Advice Centre 01789265077 – information & advice on practical concerns after death
Child and Baby Charities and Child Bereavement
Offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
Helpline 08452 030405
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
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.
For cardboard coffins:
Cardboard coffins Earth to heaven 01243 786072 Designer coffins in various colours & designs in Cardboard, Wooden & Wicker
Greenfield creations Contact: www.greenfieldcreations.co.uk
Tel: 01440 788866
For Willow coffins:
Hand-woven by one of their skilled basked makers in their workshops in Somerset. Coffins supplied directly to funeral Directors.
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