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Please scroll down to find organisations who help with bereavement.

The Natural Death Centre have produced this online e-magazine to help you find the best funeral professionals in the business as recommended by the Natural Death Centre.

Issue 2 Autumn / Winter 13 is now available for you to browse featuring yours truly on page 27 click here to read it


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What you need to do when a death has occurred.  Citizens Advice bureau's advice guide.

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NHS Bereavement help in PDF form this is a downloadable resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden traumatic death. DOWNLOAD PDF 

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Click for websiteNone of us wish to be forgotten...

Throughout our lifetime we have been on
a journey – leaving footprints in the hearts
and minds of everyone we have known.
These memory 'footprints' can now be
captured and shared for the benefit of those
left behind. A Giving Tribute helps to bring
comfort at the funeral and beyond.

Flowers or Donations are not the only
options. Perfect funerals start with 
A Giving Tribute.
  01252 416516.


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MUCH LOVED - The online memorial website

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Bereavement Today A very helpful online magazine full of advice and guidance to help you plan a fitting funeral. This is the only magazine written to actually help the general public and opens the doors to the closed shop of the Funeral Director, it shows you what is available to you. Highly recommended by Volkswagen Funerals.

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Offer a comprehensive catalogue of ideas and information, businesses, organisations and charities, who can help you find what you're looking for (even if you don't know what that is yet). If you are thinking about , or that of a relative or friend who may have just passed away, or indeed just wish to know more about , or even , all this information and much, much more can be found on this one site.

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Final FlingThe site to go to regarding all end of life decisions. Take a load off the family and have it all in place. Click image to go to web site.

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Colour my funerals shop front. Click for web site. Colour My Funeral,  Solihull based alternative colourful funeral Directors who are committed to providing you with a totally different way in delivering a funeral to you and your family where care, choice and colour are offered to you in abundance. See their web site to find out what they have to offer or give Aimee a call.

65 Rowood Drive, Solihull, B92 9NG.  0121 7118402 www.colourmyfuneral.co.uk

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A J Lloyd Funeral Directors, CoventryAJ Lloyd Funeral Directors   38 Wallace Road   Keresley   Coventry  CV6 2LX


 
Tel::   02476 331 900
Email::   info@ajlloyd.co.uk 

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DB Devall Independent Family Funeral Directors
2 Wembrook House
The Green, Attleborough, Nuneaton,
Warwickshire. CV11 4JZ.
Telephone : 024 7637 5665
Also at 28 - 30 Coleshill Road, Chapel End
Telephone : 024 7639 7546  Click photo for web site.

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Tranquility Funerals Liverpool Rod and Sue from Tranquility Funerals are a wonderful Independent Firm, 133 County road, Walton, Liverpool click picture for web site. 0151 538 9591

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Andrew Smith Funeral services Macclesfield - Click for web siteAndrew Smith Funeral Services Macclesfield Cheshire. An outstanding funeral directors offering a tailored service. Highly recommended.

Park Green House
82 Sunderland Street
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 6HN

01625 433853  andrew@andrewsmithfuneralservices.co.uk

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WE HAVE WORKED WITH SO MANY LOVELY FUNERAL DIRECTORS, PLEASE ASK US WE MAY BE ABLE TO RECOMMEND SOMEONE IN YOUR AREA. WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE COFFINS PLEASE ASK IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO DO THE FUNERAL YOURSELF AND REQUIRE COFFINS, WE ARE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU TOO.

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Click to go to web site Alan Penny is a member of BACP and BABCP as well as an accredited member of the BHA (British Humanist Association) working as a funeral officiant representative for the Coventry and Warwickshire area offering non religious funerals tailor made to the individual. Alan is also a member of ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) and the EWTS (European Workshops on Traumatic Stress) he strives to continue to develop his professional knowledge in order to provide a professional, ethical and caring service to counselling clients. Alan who I have known for a good number of years is also one of the nicest most caring people I know. Click image above for his web site.

alan.penny@reflect-counselling.  

07733 472489 - 24hrs  Based in Coventry.

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A GREAT WEBSITE WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION COULD SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY - Why use a solicitor, bank or other consultant companies that will charge a percentage of a loved ones estate (normally between 1-5%) when you can use e-probateonline for a fraction of the price.

e-Probateonline.co.uk  

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SENTIMENT  Remembrance DVDs
A remembrance film kept on a DVD can be another treasured way of keeping memories.
The service involves sequencing a person’s story to film clips, photographs and personal memories creating a tribute that can be as elaborate or as basic as the person requires. The whole process can be carried out either in person, through email or on the telephone depending on needs and location.
http://www.sentiment-productions.co.uk 

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Phoenix Memorial Diamonds - Real Diamonds rising from the ashes of your loved one, a memorial forever........

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great supplier of eco coffins, contact us with your coffin requirementshttp://www.ecoffins.co.uk/  Fair Trade - We are happy to supply these coffins

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Specialists for Green and Alternative Funerals and Woodland Burials in the North West of England.

Tel: 0161 969 6690 24 hour number   Natural Endings web site this is a very informative web site on all aspects of alternative funerals and supply of eco coffins.

Natural Endings "At Natural Endings we have a huge range of eco-coffins (cardboard, willow/wicker, bamboo, seagrass, jute, sustainable wood). We have an expertise in Green Funerals and Woodland/Natural Burial and Home Burial. We are recognised for our experience and are regularly asked to comment and contribute to BBC television and radio programs as well as broadsheet newspaper articles. "

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English Willow coffins
C o n t a c t  English    W i l l o w   C o f f i n s

P H Coate & Son
Meare Green Court
Stoke St Gregory
Nr Taunton
Somerset
TA3 6HY Tel: 01823 490249

Fax: 01823 490814

englishwillowcoffins.co.uk       info@englishwillowcoffins.co.uk 

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The UK's leading supplier of custom design picture coffins for burial and cremation. They even do a Camper Van coffin and have kindly provided one for us to show to people. We are suppliers of these coffins.

contact us if you require a colourful coffin or ask your funeral director. See web site for designs.Pictured here is my friend Brians (Pops) coffin, I can tell you from my own experience that it was fantastic and I think everyone should have a special coffin! It made a huge difference at the funeral and also visiting Brian in the chapel of rest was a better experience for it. Everybody commented on how amazing it was. Brian has a matching ashes casket. Brians family wrote messages to him on his coffin.    

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Charlotte Graham F2die4 -Funeral Celebrant.Charlotte Graham is a wonderful Funeral Celebrant who made a huge difference at Brians funeral, the family didn't wish for a solemn affair and it was all about The Life of Brian, we sang hymns and had prayers and poems and every member of the congregation commented on what a wonderful service and celebration of his life it had been.

For pre plan 'up beat' funerals in the Midlands and to contact Charlotte go to. www.f2die4.com/

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www.funeralcelebrants.org.uk  online directory of funeral celebrants, find by post code.

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When a loved one dies, it is always a very painful and distressing time. And, it is at this difficult time that family and close friends are often faced with dozens of decisions about the funeral. Should it be a burial or cremation? What are the legal requirements? Who should conduct the ceremony? All these questions are obviously important but, at a time when emotional stress is high, it's easy to forget perhaps the most important question of all - what kind of funeral do you really want?

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The Green Funeral Company Award winning funeral Directors in  Totnes Devon:

Funeral Directors (Undertakers) and Green Funeral Services operating in the Southwest include Plymouth, Exeter and Torquay.

Old School Farm  Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EB
01803 863 923          Rupert and Claire Callender

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goodfuneralguide.com a very enlightening read by Charles Cowling planning your own funeral help and ideas. A very worth while read recommended. There is also a really informative book by Charles which I highly recommend too.  

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If you are considering an independent funeral (funeral without the use of a funeral director) for a family member or friend you might find this web page of interest by a family who have done it. A very well written blog of their experience and well worth reading. Click here to go to the web page

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List of UK Woodland burial grounds

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PEACE FUNERALS 
    
  National Award Winners – ‘Best Funeral Directors in the UK’

Family-owned and Independent    By phone: freephone 0800 083 0505

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WHEN I'M DEAD AND GONE

The website that helps you to plan your own funeral, and will also safely store the details and suggestions you have made until such a time as they are needed. This will help the recently bereaved to find useful advice at a difficult time.

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Eco coffinsEco Coffins are a new type of coffin that meet the desires of 21st century society for environmentally sound, individual and non-wasteful funerals.

They are made from cardboard, but are unlike any other cardboard coffin on the market. Made from a 90% recycled material called NatureBoard™, provides strength and stability whilst being 100% biodegradable.

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Fantastic FuneralsThe Fantastic Funeral Company is a new concept in planning and preparing for the end of life. Our focus is very much about celebrating life and recognising that because everyone is an individual they may choose to depart from this life in a less sombre way than tradition has dictated in the past. The Fantastic Funeral Company gives you the opportunity to take control of all aspects of planning and preparing for death.

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Eureka JazzEureka Jazz, a fantastic New Orleans style Jazz band for all occasions. We have worked with this band on a funeral and they are amazing and highly recommended.   contact :Terry McGrath
The Coach House
Oakland Road
Moseley
Birmingham
B13 9DN

Tel / Fax: 0121-449 0119
Mobile: 07710 767972  

 

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Arranging a Funeral your rights and responsibilities. Direct Gov

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Click for web siteThere are times when the standard traditional funeral will not reflect the memories of your loved one and something more individual and personal is essential. Everyone deserves a funeral that leaves family and friends with happy memories, not a feeling of emptiness. Each person is unique, with a character very different from anyone else.  A funeral is very important for the people left behind, an occasion for reflection and memories and a special way to say goodbye.   0800 988 3852

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Fd Suppliers - Online directory of funeral suppliers to the trade.

fdSuppliers aims to be the complete B2B trade directory of Suppliers and Celebrants serving the UK Funeral Industry. Currently, we have listings for 197 organisations in 184 categories.

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Support and help web sites        Organisations who help with bereavement.

Cruse Bereavement CareDay by Day Helpline
0844 477 9400

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
or email us at: helpline@cruse.org.uk

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click hereSOBS Exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. We are a self-help organisation.  Many of our volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.

National Helpline - 0844 561 6855  9am to 9pm every day 

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Samaritans - Confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.
www.samaritans.org

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Way Foundation. A national support group for those widowed under 50 offering friendship, advice and activities.
http://www.wayfoundation.org.uk

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SAMM
SAMM looks to assist those who have lost a relative or friend as a result of murder, manslaughter or unlawful killing.
http://www.samm.org.uk

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The Child Bereavement Charity (CBC) provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies
http://www.childbereavement.org.uk

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The Compassionate Friends
Offering support for bereaved parents and their families
http://www.tcf.org.uk

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SANDS - Supporting parents whose baby has died around the time of birth
http://www.uk-sands.org

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Grief Encounter
Helping children through bereavement.
http://www.griefencounter.com

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Brake
The road safety charity
http://www.brake.org.uk

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SCARD - Support & Care After Road Death & Injury
http://www.scard.org.uk

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A web site designed for you to find a counsellor or psychotherapist dealing with bereavement in your own area.

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The Natural Death Centre is a social entrepreneurial, educational charity that gives advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights in this area. We give support on family-organised and environmentally-friendly funerals and run the Association Natural Burial Grounds. Although green, we promote choice and education not just environmental issues.

http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/

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If I should Die.co.uk

This website is dedicated to providing as much practical information and support as possible and is non-denominational.  It is aimed at everyone, whether they are considering their own death, coping with the death of a loved one, thinking about making a will or just needing some comforting words to help write a letter to a bereaved friend or family member.          

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The Classic Hearse Register. A fascinating web site and car enthusiasts club of which we are members .The site is full of interesting hearses and limousines old and new.

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Click for web siteAlpha 4x4 Weddings and Funerals  The ultimate final journey for the 4x4 enthusiast. Owned and run by our good friend Jacqui Dewar.

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TRIKE FUNERALS UK

Click to go to web siteTelephone:
0845 257 4228

Mobile:
0798 257 4227

Email:
gary@trikefuneralsuk.co.uk

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VINTAGE LORRY FUNERALS

David H. Hall

Vintage Lorry Funerals,
Kingsfield House,
Kingsfield Close,
Bradford on Avon,
Wiltshire,
BA15 1AW

Tel: 01225 865346
Mob: 07721 068760

david@vintagelorryfunerals.co.uk

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Click for web siteWheels provide a funeral transport service. We are happy to work along with Wheels if the family and friends wish to follow the hearse in a unique memorable way.


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Ashes into Glass Keep the memory of your loved one close to you. Like a cherished photograph, Memorial Glass holds thoughts and feelings which are personal only to you.

Create a truly bespoke memorial to your loved one's life by having a small amount of their cremated ashes made into glass.


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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!
Mary Frye (1932)

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