Useful Funeral Resources
We understand that families often don't have a lot of time when planning a funeral, so we've listed some websites and resources below which you might find useful.
WHERE TO FIND SUPPORT
Grief Chat - We have partnered with Grief Chat, an innovative online service providing a safe space for bereaved people to explore their feelings and be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor. The service is confidential, free of charge and is open from Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (UK time). You can access GriefChat directly from the Angel & Dove website here.
Cruse Bereavement Care - Founded in 1959 Cruse is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, offering face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. www.cruse.org.uk
National Bereavement Service - Offers practical and emotional support covering topics such as what to do following a bereavement, help with finding a funeral director, and dealing with wills and probate. They have a Free National Helpline on 0800 0246 121. www.nationalbereavementservice.org
The Lullaby Trust - The Lullaby Trust charity offers confidential bereavement support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child. www.lullabytrust.org.uk
Child Bereavement UK - Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. https://childbereavementuk.org
Winston's Wish - This national charity supports children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. They offer face to face support, online chat via their website, and have a Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021 which offers support to parents, carers and professionals. www.winstonswish.org
Nelson's Journey - This Norfolk based charity supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Their award winning Youth Panel identified a need for a smartphone app which would help support children and young people in their grief and the result is the Smiles & Tears app which can be downloaded for iPhone and Android. www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk
SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide charity exists to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. https://uksobs.org
Blue Cross - The Blue Cross For Pets charity offers a Pet Bereavement Support Service for anyone who has lost a much loved pet and needs somebody to talk to. www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet-loss
Whiteballoon - A free, online resource with information, ideas and inspiration, and helpful planning tools to help you create a funeral or celebration of life that is right for you and for those you love. www.whiteballoon.co.uk
The Good Funeral Guide - A trusted, independent, not-for-profit information resource for funeral advice. www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk
Funeral Directory - Run by the National Association of Funeral Directors, a directory of over 4,000 NAFD member UK funeral homes. www.funeral-directory.co.uk
The Natural Death Centre - A useful list of natural burial grounds in the UK. http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/index.php?page=find-a-natural-burial-site
Huunuu - An online resource for funeral planning. www.huunuu.com
Memento Vita - An online funeral planning tool and app, providing you with help and advice to organise a funeral. www.mementovita.co.uk
My Wonderful Life (USA) - A free online service to help you plan and personalise your own funeral, so it reflects the way you lived. www.mywonderfullife.com
Much Loved - Your place to remember someone special and fundraise in their memory. www.muchloved.com
Forever Missed - Create a memorial website to preserve and share memories of your loved one. www.forevermissed.com
Keeper - An interactive storytelling platform dedicated to memorialising the lives of the departed with the aid of modern technology, the QR code. www.mykeeper.com
Here are some books on grief and bereavement which we have read ourselves and found to be useful.
Grief Day by Day - by Jan Warner - This practical guide for living with loss is easy to read as it's broken down into bite sized chunks. It can be dipped in and out of so you don't have to read it from cover to cover.
Ask Me His Name - by Elle Wright - A heartwarming yet heartbreaking account of Elle's experience of motherhood after losing her baby son Teddy shortly after birth. Beautifully written, from the writer of the Feathering the Empty Nest blog.
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
Dying Matters - Dying Matters aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. www.dyingmatters.org
Hospice UK - The national charity for hospice care, supporting over 200 hospices in the UK. www.hospiceuk.org