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.

In Conversation

Would you like to build your own coffin? Meet Jane Morgan and Ruth Valentine, two funeral celebrants who co-founded the north London branch of Coffin Club. They talk feminism and death care, funeral poverty and learning how to live with death.

In Conversation

Sisters Sas and Yvonne lost their mum Angela to Covid-19. They describe a surreal diagnosis and why caring for their mother in the mortuary helped them grieve.

In Conversation

Have you ever wondered who’s responsible for everything from driving hearses to collecting people who have died? Robert Black is one of Poppy’s incredible practical leads and he shares what it’s really like working in death care.

In Conversation

Ash Hayhurst is a funeral professional, trans activist and author of the brilliant Queer Funeral Guide. He explains what you need to know about trans funerals and why the funeral sector needs to step up when it comes to diversity.

In Conversation

Aama Sade Shepnekhi is an all-round brilliant celebrant who officiates at Shamanic and Rastafarian funerals. She shares her thoughts on Rastafarianism, from the deep-rooted politics of language to why some within Rastafari choose not to hold funerals at all.

In Conversation

Poppy’s funeral director Amy Szott and her mum Joy sat down with a group of close friends and lots of prosecco to talk about funerals. They explain why they wanted to plan Joy’s funeral far in advance and share their advice on how to throw your own funeral planning party.