We meet Amanda German of whiteballoon.co.uk, a free online resource for funerals and end of life planning. Combining practical advice with inspiration, it has been designed both for funeral planning, and also for anyone who wants to share their own wishes with their loved ones.
Former teacher Julia Page changed careers in 2019 to retrain as a humanist celebrant and has since conducted more than 600 funerals. Here she tells us why she loves what she does and what she’s learnt along the way.
In our latest interview we meet Henry Emson, founder of One Life One Tree which enables people to offset an entire lifetime of carbon emissions by planting a Giant Sequoia tree. Recently, the trees have become increasingly popular as memorials, enabling families to create a sustainable tribute to their loved one which can be visited for generations to come.
For many people, the thought of talking about death is awkward, scary and depressing. It’s a tricky conversation that’s often just easier to avoid. We hear you, but we also believe that the alternative – leaving your affairs in a mess and your loved ones unaware of your wishes – is much worse. That’s why we are proud to support Dying Matters who are working to break one of society’s biggest taboos.
Trying to come to terms with the emotional aspect of losing a loved one is hard enough without having to deal with the practical aspects of Probate as well. To help find a way through the legal jargon, we spoke to Tony Crocker from IWC Wills & Probate.