After 10 years developing Final Fling as a platform for end of life planning, I’m onto a new project… Only Human… human-centred service design consulting and Humanist celebrancy. I want to spend less time in the virtual space of online, digital and advance planning and more time in the real space of making the world […]
Using lockdown productively for end of life planning
I’ve had a lovely connection with a Flinger over the past few weeks and I thought it worth sharing as a prompt to doing useful things with pockets of free time. If you are depressed by Coronavirus lockdown, feeling shackled by Covid-19 limitations, thinking more about end of life than usual, Dot’s tale might help. […]
Writing a eulogy can be a daunting task – so make it easier by starting your own living eulogy. This week, Carole Renshaw shares how a living eulogy – a work of autobiography -transformed a funeral and has made that the standout funeral to date in her experience.
Cost of Dying 2015
SunLife’s annual Cost of Dying 2015 report is out. And the good news is, the cost of dying is down by a whole £300. Which would be great except that’s down to £8,126. Ouch. Within that figure, the cost of a basic funeral is up to £3,693 and a quarter of the total cost, around £2,000 is for “the send-off”.
Ideal Death Show 2015
The Ideal Death Show is a weekend gathering of entrepreneurs, pioneers and progressives from the funeral industry. At the Ideal Death Show you can talk about bereavement, funeral planning and the more unusual ways that people are choosing to mark their own passing. We pick the best lecturers to talk about topics like what it feels like […]
Marketplace for business
Final Fling is the Marketplace for business when it comes to end of life. Our award-winning website welcomes thousands of visitors every month; active planners who are managing end-of-life plans and ‘shopping around’ in our Marketplace.
Dead Good Guides Autumn School
It takes courage to mark key moments of change in our lives, especially if they are associated with difficulty or loss. Consciously celebrating these transitions helps us to let go of the past and move forward but it can be hard to draw attention to ourselves or to know exactly what to do. This intensive course offers answers to some of these dilemmas through an exploration of the rituals of our everyday lives.
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 […]
Who does what at a funeral
So who does what at a funeral? There are various roles that we expand on elsewhere. This is your at-a-glance guide: Remember, you don’t have to use ANY professionals. There is nothing to stop you doing all this yourself if you’d rather. Funeral Directors : takes care of arranging the funeral from collection of the […]
Funeral as a celebration of life
These days, we often look upon a funeral as a celebration of life as well as an opportunity to mourn a death.
Funeral, ceremony, wake, memorial… whatever you call it, these goodbyes are all ‘rites of passage’ – events for friends and families to come together after a death to say farewell and honour a life. Ceremonies called ‘life celebrations’ may also be held before a death.