A guide to trans and LGBTQ+ funeral resources

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We’ve worked with the brilliant trans activist and funeral professional Ash Hayhurst to create this guide to trans and LGBTQ+ funerals.

It includes practical support for anyone planning a funeral as well as diversity training opportunities for people in the funeral sector.

AGE UK LGBTQ+ Resources

The charity Age UK offers an excellent range of projects, support groups and resources for older LBGTQ+ people.

Ceremony Matters

Ceremony Matters provides professional development training for funeral celebrants. Subscribers can still access webinars from their 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Online Conference.


CliniQ provides physical and mental health services for trans people in London, as well as their friends and family. They also offer trans awareness training.

The Diversity Trust

The Diversity Trust is a social enterprise working to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. They offer training opportunities for workplaces and have helpful research reports.

Poppy's team with Ash Hayhurst.
Poppy's team with Ash Hayhurst.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

The charity GIRES works to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people across the UK. As part of their mission, they provide training to businesses. GIRES also has resources that are aimed at health professionals, many of which are relevant to the funeral sector.

New research and training from GIRES for funeral professionals will be rolled out in 2023/24.

The Queer Funeral Guide

Ash Hayhurst is the author of this excellent resource for people in the LGBTQ+ community as well as their friends and family members. The guide covers a huge range of questions and is a must-read for people in the funeral sector.


The charity Stonewall has a Diversity Champions programme which promotes acceptance and equality in the workplace. It provides useful training opportunities for people in different industries.

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline

The charity Switchboard operates a confidential helpline for people in the LGBTQ+ community, their friends and family members. They’ll listen to anything you’d like to talk about and can offer support.

Unboxed Diversity Solutions

Unboxed is a LGBTQ+ training and consultancy business. They offer a range of services, from workshops to policy review.

Don't miss our interview with Ash Hayhurst about fighting for trans rights in the funeral sector or with Jackie Engelberg on Grief Encounters, which provides specialist bereavement support for LGBTQ+ people.

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