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Frequently Asked Questions about Funerals

Posted Tuesday 27 November 2018 Written by ChelseaEllsworth

Planning a funeral can be stressful, especially if a person dies suddenly. Proceeding with confidence is not easy when dealing with one of life's most difficult situations.

 

In the attempt to keep everyone happy, and honour your loved ones with the respect they deserve, it can be difficult to ...

A recent speech I gave on my death experience

Posted Thursday 15 November 2018 Written by NRGorb

 

Speech given by Ernie Schroeder 06NOV2018

 

TOPIC – WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?

 

OPENING

 

What is your purpose? Do you have a purpose?

 

Have you ever thought about it?

 

WHAT IS MY LIFE PURPOSE?

 

BODY

 

Until September 1st 1975, I wasn’t sure I had a purpose. I’m not sure ...

From Fear to here

Posted Wednesday 14 November 2018 Written by CarolineDent

This is a piece I wrote about my journey of death anxiety :

FROM FEAR TO HERE BY Caroline Rosie Dent

The Buddhists say two things are certain in life:

We’re all going to die.

We don’t know when.

I shared this with a friend once, as he was ...

Loss of a Child

Posted Sunday 14 October 2018 Written by megnolaclark

Recently, there was a picture online that showed a young child in excruciating pain. The father, a photographer, took the picture of his daughter who was within weeks of dying from a neuroblastoma. It was a raw picture capturing her intense pain. It was taken to raise awareness of pediatric ...

Why Talking About Dying Matters

Posted Saturday 06 October 2018 Written by Luca123

Why Talking about Dying Matters

The importance of holding positive conversations on death and dying

There are some topics that you generally don’t want brought up over a cup of tea – the topic of Brexit is still carving family and friendships in half – but what about death?

Fear of ...

Death Cafe is 7 today!

Posted Monday 24 September 2018 Written by Jools

This is just a very brief message to commemorate today as being Death Cafe’s 7th birthday!! 

It has been a whirlwind and we’ve learnt so, so much in the last 12 months it‘s hard to know where to begin!!

Unfortunately I’ve had a pretty debilitating eye ...

My Beautiful Friend

Posted Wednesday 19 September 2018 Written by tonikent

I dreamed about you again last night.  We are laughing; you are funny, smiling, alive.  And then I wake up and realise in the darkness of the room that the reason I dream of you is because you are gone.

We haven't been friends for that long in the ...

How to know what you will be remembered as.

Posted Saturday 08 September 2018 Written by Kamau1234

This past year, my community, Southwest Atlanta, Ga, has lost some good people. I have lost friends. Friends of mine have lost friends, parents, older brothers, and other loved ones most of whom were relatively young. What I find to be apparent is once people pass, their genuine personalities are ...

The Funeral is Dying

Posted Wednesday 11 July 2018 Written by Pete_Saari

A friend’s mother passed away recently, and I was invited to attend her funeral service at their church. Her white, vase-shaped cremation urn sat at the head of the altar while the eulogist told us about her life, conveying she was a loving mother, sister, wife and daughter. We ...

Twelve months since the death of Jon Underwood

Posted Wednesday 27 June 2018 Written by Jools

It is hard to believe that an entire year has passed since we lost Jon Underwood. This post is to mark an anniversary that seems very hard to comprehend.

So what have we learned during these last 12 months?

We have learned that grief is a constant companion, but that ...

Looking to Connect

Posted Friday 22 June 2018 Written by scott

There are no Death Cafes near us.

We would love to hear from other people who are open to talking about death and dying.

 

Scott and Bozena :))

Ever planned an alternative funeral?

Posted Tuesday 08 May 2018 Written by Kirsty

 

Have you ever arranged an alternative or unusual funeral for someone close to you? Are you planning one ahead of time for yourself? Are you a funeral director who has planned an unusual funeral? I’d love to speak to you!

I am writing an article for beyond.life on ...

Use the D words

Posted Monday 07 May 2018 Written by RachelMc

Working in Palliative Care, I frequently coming across colleagues using euphemisms which can be easily misinterpreted by patients and their families. I've written a short poem to highlight the many phrases we use and to encourage everyone to simply use the 'D' words - death, dying, dead - we all know ...

How Barbara Bush's Decision for Comfort Care is Sparking Dialogue around Choice at the End of Life

Posted Monday 30 April 2018 Written by deejoy

The majority of Americans say that they want to die at home, yet about 75% of older adults are dying in nursing homes and hospitals. The majority of money spent on healthcare is spent during the last year, often in the last few months, of life. Why? Because we haven ...

Grieving emotionally and physically

Posted Tuesday 24 April 2018 Written by schowalk

When someone dies, in the aftermath, we experience something called grief.

 

I was 14 when my family of 6 was in a car crash and my dad died. The rest of us survived, but in the wake of the crash we found grief. While I knew I had entered into ...

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