Talking
Death

We believe it’s time to start a more open conversation about death and what it means to us today. There’s so much room to explore what feels meaningful and what our choices really are. This blog is a place to share new ideas, practical advice, and stories from the frontlines of death and dying.

Ideas & Guidance

Would you like to be buried in a coffin the shape of an aeroplane, or maybe one inspired by the Rolling Stones? There are so many different ways to help personalise a coffin, from amazing sculptural builds to gorgeous (and occasionally playful) images. We’ve put together a collection of incredible coffins to help fire up your imagination.

Ideas & Guidance

Many people don’t realise that you can keep someone at home after they have died. You may choose to do this to care for a person before their funeral or simply to help say goodbye. We believe that this can be an important and empowering choice for some families, and have put together this practical guide.

Ideas & Guidance

As part one of our series tackling the issue of funeral poverty, we’re looking at public health funerals, which used to be known as pauper’s funerals. A public health funeral is simply a funeral that’s arranged and paid for by a local authority or council. Applying for a public health funeral can be a challenge, so we’ve spoken to Quaker Social Action’s Down to Earth, a charity that supports people struggling with funeral costs.

Ideas & Guidance

It can feel challenging to talk to children about death, so we’ve put together a selection of helpful books. Some of the authors use storytelling to share their message, and others focus on straightforward practical advice. While these books take different approaches, they’re all poignant, thoughtful and sometimes even funny.

In Conversation

Katrina Spade is on a mission to transform how we think about death care. She’s the founder of Recompose, a Seattle-based company that uses an environmentally-friendly process to convert human remains into soil. With its first facility planned to open in 2020, Katrina tells us about building death-friendly cities, connecting with nature and how recomposition actually works.

Ideas & Guidance

Have you ever considered choosing a natural burial ground? Natural burial grounds gently return people to the earth without using embalming or non-biodegradable coffins. They’re usually found in green spaces like forests, meadows or parkland. Natural burial grounds can be absolutely stunning and are a brilliant choice if you’re planning an environmentally-friendly funeral. There are so many wonderful options to choose from, but here are some of our favourites.