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A ribbon to tie up your memories

Some of the bereaved families I speak with are quite confused when I ask if they would like the funeral ceremony to be a celebration of life. I think they ...

Welcome to our new members

We would like to welcome our new members who have joined the Institute of Civil Funerals since August 2021.  Please say hello to them if you meet them in your ...

Born sleeping

All celebrants approach their role differently and no doubt have (or will have) found their niche.  I seem to be the “go to” when it comes to baby funerals. In ...

Dressing for a funeral

As funeral traditions continue to change in the UK, so are people’s expectations about the ‘right’ thing to wear to the ceremony. For years there was no question; everyone who ...

Piecing the funeral sector together

The world of death management and funerals is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. If there’s one thing that the pandemic taught us, it’s that the picture for bereaved families ...

Rosemary for remembrance

Does the smell of rosemary evoke the same memories for you as it does for me? Family roast dinners, a butterflied leg of lamb thrown onto a summer barbecue, languid ...

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