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We need to talk about the funeral. 101 practical ways to commemorate and celebrate life
Written by experienced funeral advisers, this is a practical guide that covers all aspects of planning a memorial service. It deals in a fitting and sensitive manner with all the options and possibilities for services and ceremonies. It explains how much everything costs; how to say goodbye in your own time; and what you need to know in order to help you make choices about ceremonies, burials, cremation, green funerals, coffins, venues and memorials. This information helps to make life easier for family, friends, and loved ones. The book includes real life stories, practical ideas and uplifting photographs as well as the information and inspiration we need at a time of grief and vulnerability.
Traditions of death & burial
People always seem to have known how to send the dead on their way. The Black Death encouraged rich funerary customs, and practices that have developed more recently now seem long established. Professional undertakers first emerged in the 1700s, whilst the Victorians invented the garden cemetery and legalised cremation. Nowadays expressions of individuality are more common, and our funeral customs continue to evolve. Yet rituals such as walking funerals, motor hearses, prayers for the dead and eco-burials have always proved a powerful way of facing up to the inevitable fact of death. Using contemporary images and photographs, this book is a clear and concise introduction to funerary rites in the UK for everyone.
Loss: an anthology
At the anthology’s core are death and bereavement, but the accounts also include loss of liberty, homeland, freedom, faith, inspiration and material objects. The book includes prose and verse from: the Old Testament, Thomas Malory, William Shakespeare, John Keats, A.E. Houseman, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Philip Larkin, Anna Akhmatova, Edward Bickersteth, Albert Camus and Carol Ann Duffy. Although the universal nature of loss brings small comfort, perhaps the wit of the writers and the power of their language may confirm that, in the knowledge of loss, we most deeply honour what has been.
How to approach death
We may see violent killings on television but have become increasingly wary of talking about death on a personal level. Off the screen, few of us will have witnessed a death or seen a corpse. But medical science is enabling us to live longer, so we are being forced to pay more attention to the issue, and our deaths are becoming more protracted. Because the number of people over 65 in the UK and US will increase by 1/3 in the next decade, we all need to start to think about our death and its management. Regarding funerals, the book considers: Advance Directives, burial and cremation, clothing the corpse, DIY and family led funerals, woodland and green burials and burial at sea. These are important matters and this is a useful book for everyone.
Love, Remember: Poems of loss, lament and hope
Guite chooses 40 poems from across the centuries, expressing the universal experience of loss, and drawing out from them the comfort, understanding and hope they offer. Some poems are familiar but many are new, and together they help the journey across this difficult terrain. Some of the author’s own poetry is included, written out of his work as a priest with dying and bereaved people, which gives authenticity to this volume. The choice reflects an ancient practice, still observed in some European and Middle Eastern societies, of taking extra-special care of a bereaved person in the forty days following a death – a practice from which comes our word 'quarantine'.
The good funeral guide. Everything you need to know. Everything you need to do
This book is the first ever independent consumer guide to the funeral industry. It is for anyone who: needs to arrange a funeral for someone now; has sick or elderly relatives or friends and knows that a funeral is imminent; wants to find a good funeral director and to have some say in the funeral itself; wants to make future arrangements for their own funeral; and would like to learn about deaths and funerals. The book is authoritative, impartial and empowering, and will be indispensable for those who do not want a conventional religious ceremony as well as invaluable for those who do.