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Useful Funeral Resources

We are extremely mindful that families often don't have a lot of time when planning a funeral. Below we've listed some websites and resources which you might find useful.

 

FUNERAL PLANNING

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

Funeralzone - The UK's largest online funeral resource website. www.funeralzone.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 and bucket list planning. www.huunuu.com

My Wonderful Life - A free online service to help you plan and personalise your own funeral, so it reflects the way you lived. www.mywonderfullife.com

 

ONLINE TRIBUTES

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

Gathering UsGathering communities to support each other after the death of a loved one. www.gatheringus.com

Qeepr - An interactive storytelling platform dedicated to memorialising the lives of the departed with the aid of modern technology, the QR code. www.qeepr.com

Safe Beyond - Create personalised future messages for your loved ones, ensure easy access to all your digital assets and secure your legacy. www.safebeyond.com

 

GRIEF SUPPORT

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

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

These are some books 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. One of the best books on grief that we've come across, from the founder of the Grief Speaks Out facebook page (2.5 million followers).

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