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.
Friend of Final Fling, Jimmy Stewart, is interested in achieving a good death. He became interested in knowing more about the rules and options around end of life after watching his mum die. He’s one of a growing band of us actively interested in managing our options.
Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 – #YODO for our Twitter friends – runs from 18-24 May. There are events taking place all over the UK. Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015 – #YODO for our Twitter friends – runs from 18-24 May. There are events taking place all over the UK.
Final Fling and others will be marking the week with a Death Cafe… the growing movement to encourage open conversations about life, death, loss, grief… all the things that have been a bit of a taboo for way too long. If you have an interest in your own life and your eventual end of life, get involved! Look out for Twitter chats every day from 1-2pm on various subjects
This week we hook up with Hyper Island student, Natalia, to share her end of life planning survey. She wants to know if you’d put in time and effort to pass on your life story. Or do you expect Facebook to do that?
If you are close to young person who has a life-limiting condition – you might find this new guide to having conversations with young people about death helpful: Difficult conversations, by Together for Short Lives and the National Council for Palliative Care:
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.)
I’m grateful to friend of Final Fling, Becky, this week for sharing useful information about bereavement fares. Apparently some airlines offer special fares to support travellers rushing back home from travels because someone close to them is dying or has died. It’s not a huge amount – maybe 10% off – but every little helps.
This week, Donna from Sekoya shares thoughts about handling the death of an employee. (See our Death in the Workplace checklist for other ideas.)
I’m inviting Flingers to share one good reason that it’s Good to Be Alive this week. #GTBA Final Fling isn’t just about funerals and dying. It’s about the complex stuff we have to deal with while we’re alive. And part of that is actually being able to appreciate life. I’m very alert to the theme Good to Be […]
Bereavement and Tax – it’s changing again. There can be a mountain of paperwork to deal with after a bereavement, and everyday matters like dealing with banks, council departments and utility companies can become overwhelming. One area that needs attention after most bereavements is tax.
The SunLife ‘Cost of Dying’ report is out for 2014. Here are their findings:
Latest research reveals the total cost of dying in the UK has risen over 10% in the last year. The cost of dying now averages £8,427. This is seven times higher than the cost of living.
Oxford will be facing a matter of life and death next month when the taboo subject of death is thrust firmly into the spotlight by the Kicking the Bucket Festival.
We can all make assumptions about death – even professionals who are working with death day in, day out. I came across a blog by Lizzy Miles, a hospice social worker in Ohio and thought it worth sharing 7 key points to help us improve our understanding of death.
Films on death and grief We have started a list of recommended films. Please do contact us if you have suggestions to add. Beyond Goodbye Remembering Josh: a 45 minute film that records Josh’s life as it was remembered at his funeral, with many wonderful musical contributions, stories and anecdotes. Beyond Goodbye: a shorter version of […]
Music and death go hand in hand for some of us. Salles des departs at Raymond Poincare hospital in the suburbs of Paris recognises the importance of bringing music and death together. This trauma hospital has created a sensitive morgue for families to visit.
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 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 […]
Lots of art is based on life and death. Like love, death is A Big Theme and huge inspiration for thinkers, artists, film-makers, writers, musicians and – well, most human beings. Here we share impressions of artists …
Adrian Howells was a UK-based performance-maker who created intimate and deeply nurturing theatrical experiences.
Adrian was one of the artists involved in Final Fling’s Day of the Dead Festival in 2013. Deeply saddened by his untimely loss, we have kept his entry on Final Fling as it was, in tribute to the work he offered.
Around the world, there’s a rich tapestry of traditions and practices connected with death.