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.

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Opinion

You’ve probably seen ads for pre-paid funeral plans everywhere from the telly to the Tube. But these plans aren’t always what they seem. Pre-paid funeral plans can seem like a reassuring solution — simply pay into a plan and everything will be taken care of after you die. But the reality can be more complicated and, unfortunately, not what many of us might expect. Here’s a rundown of what can go wrong and how to avoid being exploited.

Opinion

Poppy’s began in 2012 with a vision to empower and support people to have better experiences of funerals by making informed choice and gentle, thoughtful care the norm. Since then, we’ve been privileged to have supported so many people.

Opinion

Whatever you think of the new ITV drama series, ‘Finding Alice’, it opens up questions about death, funerals and coping with grief which are rarely talked about on primetime TV. But how realistic is it?

Opinion

Grieving people often get pushed to embalm ‘for their own good’ by funeral directors. This is especially true when someone who has died has a lot of physical changes. Here’s why death shouldn’t be censored, even in the hardest circumstances.

Opinion

What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘mortuary’? Probably somewhere grim, mysterious, and cold. There’s no denying that mortuary spaces often leave a lot to be desired. But it doesn’t have to be that way — in fact, it shouldn’t be the norm at all.

Opinion

The Telegraph has published an article exposing abuses by Co-op Funeralcare staff. Our founder Poppy Mardall argues that mistreatment of grieving people and the dead is all too common. Here’s how we can work together to transform death care.