I live my life as a Humanist and get my spiritual highs from nature, loving relationships and the joy of being human, with all our frailties. I don’t feel any loss as a result of not having a religious practice. That is, until recently, when I came across something for the first time that I […]
When someone dies
The big full stop – my view of afterlife
Have you ever noticed Final Fling’s logo has a full stop in it? The big full stop – my view of afterlife. You see I believe we die and we’re done, gone. I was with my dad when he died. His ‘passing’ was electric: it felt like 5,000 volts leapt from him to me and […]
Death and letting go
This week, we look at the challenge of facing death and letting go, thanks to Evelyn Temple who shares her thoughtful, poignant story of her dad’s end of life wish – Just Let Me Go. Evelyn shares: February 25 2017 marked ten years since my Dad died. My Dad – strong, humble, constant, hardworking. He was my rock […]
Care after death at home
This week, Kate Clark from Pushing Up the Daisies, shares her experience and tips for care after death at home. Kate has experience of caring for family members at home after death and also brings her expertise as a nurse. She reminds us: “caring for someone at home after death isn’t anything new, rather it’s a […]
Conversations about death with children
At the end of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016 here are some thoughts about having conversations about death with children.
Death certificates in Scotland
There are now new rules applying to death certificates in Scotland. Among the positive changes, cremation fees have been abolished. Families no longer have to pay £170 fees for cremation forms that doctors previously signed to give permission for a body to be cremated.
Notifying authorities when someone dies: Tell Us Once
Tony and Dorothy Bonser lost their 35 year old son Neil to cancer. In the four years since, they have periodically received communications for Neil, despite having informed the organisations involved. Tony tells us about the couple’s upset and frustration. (See info below for Tell Us Once – the government scheme to make sure people don’t have repeat information endlessly when a family member dies and they have to notify authorities.
Disposing of a body
I’ve just been talking to a journalist, keen to know about the options for disposing of a body and this has prompted me to share this information. (It still surprises me that this isn’t stuff we all know by now since it’s the one sure fire thing in life – we will all die.)
Handling the death of an employee
This week, Donna from Sekoya shares thoughts about handling the death of an employee. (See our Death in the Workplace checklist for other ideas.)
Death of a parent and support for children
Thanks to our friends at Winston’s Wish for sharing their thoughts on how to offer a child support around the death of a parent.
Care of a dead body
The Final Fling team trained in care of a dead body as part of a Green Fuse funeral director course: Care of the Body with expert Angie McLachlan. Angie, like the team from Green Fuse is very sympathetic, thoughtful, respectful and skilled in every aspect of care for a body after death. Here, Angie tells us a bit about her unusual line of business and how her invention, Ichabod, helps bring Care of the Body to life.
Death and loss
Death and loss It’s a sad truth, but the fact is we’re all living and we’re all dying. As difficult as it may be to accept, death is an inevitable part of life. At Final Fling we don’t waste time dwelling on the negative of this, instead we see death as the counterpoint that makes […]
Paperwork when someone dies
Inevitably there’s paperwork when someone dies. The Department of Work and Pensions is developing Tell us Once to allow the public to notify lots of government organisations about a death in one go.
In a world of Facebook, Twitter, texts and emails, this is one time when really, the old ways are the best. Just be genuine.
Usually family or friends will coordinate a good time to get together to sift through a home and organise distributing what’s left behind.
Often close family and friends get the chance to select things with special meaning to keep to remember the person they’ve lost. Sometimes keepsakes are selected for them or they may be specified in a Will. However noble and nice we like to think we are, people can turn strangely grabby when it comes to […]