Changing the tune at UK funerals
The traditional sombre service – sorrowful mourners shrouded in black listening to weighty readings - is becoming less and less common. And as social conventions surrounding funerals relax, one of the biggest changes has been the range of music now heard at services.
Dying Matters Awareness Week: What Can You Do?
The Dying Matters Awareness Week focus in 2017 is ‘What Can You Do?’ with the aim of encouraging people to get more proactive in planning for their own death and offering support to friends, family and those in the community experiencing bereavement.
Six of the world’s most visited gravesides
Some cemeteries attract hundreds of visitors every year interested in their history, architecture and the famous people buried there. The graves of these six departed celebrities have become magnets for curious tourists and adoring fans alike.
Let's talk about funeral poverty
Back in 2015, the cost of a basic funeral sat at £3,693. However, in just over one year, this cost has risen to £3,897 with basic funerals increasing in costs by 103% since 12 years ago. Ahead of our wages, pensions and inflation, funerals have quickly become one of the UK’s fastest rising costs, so it’s no surprise that almost 28% of families are spending considerably less money on the send-off for their loved ones than they were only five short years ago.