What is a Death Doula?

Death Doula as a practice is a movement started up in response to the cultural alienation felt from the process of death, death care and grief.  Doula's themselves have strong links with the process of giving birth and starting life therefore completely juxtaposing...

What to do when someone dies?

We all know we're going to die.  That much is certain.  So you would think then, that we would all have our affairs in order.  But of course, life doesn't always work that way. None of us know how long we've got in this life or when our deaths will come.  Dead Right...

International Inspiration: Taiwan

Continuing our look at international death rituals, we move to Taiwan.  There are an array of ways to comfort mourners in Taiwan. Bringing food to those in grief and offering a shoulder to cry on is seen as the most traditional way to help those who have recently lost...

What is a Death Doula?

Death Doula as a practice is a movement started up in response to the cultural alienation felt from the process of death, death care and grief.  Doula's themselves have strong links with the process of giving birth and starting life therefore completely juxtaposing...

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What to do when someone dies?

We all know we're going to die.  That much is certain.  So you would think then, that we would all have our affairs in order.  But of course, life doesn't always work that way. None of us know how long we've got in this life or when our deaths will come.  Dead Right...

read more

International Inspiration: Taiwan

Continuing our look at international death rituals, we move to Taiwan.  There are an array of ways to comfort mourners in Taiwan. Bringing food to those in grief and offering a shoulder to cry on is seen as the most traditional way to help those who have recently lost...

read more

International Inspiration: Thailand

Continuing our series on International Funeral Traditions we take a look at the rituals from Thailand.  Thai Funerals generally follow the Buddhist Funerary rites.  Depending on the culture and religion, the practice may also vary.  The ritual consists of a bathing...

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Dead woman parties at her own funeral

Miriam Marie Banks: Life and soul at her own funeral   Miriam Marie Banks, better known as ‘May May’, died at the age of 53. She was known as the life and soul of the party and lived her life to the fullest. Leaving behind two daughters and and a large family her...

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International Inspiration: The Parsi Community

Mumbai Based on India’s West coast, Mumbai is a thriving and bustling city with a growing population and a swell in business and technology. Its dense population makes it India’s largest city and financial centre. Of course a growing population means an ever...

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Funeral Grub: Food For Thought

When a person passes away, their dedicated day of remembrance is typically split into two parts: the ceremony and the wake. At the actual service, of course, few people will have much of an appetite. But once everyone has had time to digest the event and emerge from...

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International Inspiration: Italian Funeral

What Makes an Italian Funeral Different? Different cultures have varying belief systems when it comes to the dead and how one should treat them, however the main consensus is that you must have the upmost respect for those deceased. With Italian culture however, it is...

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The Death Cafe

"We just want to create an environment where talking about death is natural and comfortable.” Jon Underwood told The Independent in 2015 when describing the reasoning behind starting up The Death Cafe. Subsequent to the Death Cafe’s opening in 2011, more than 2000...

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International Inspiration: Jazz Funeral

Welcome to our Funeral Inspirations.  The world is large and filled with many people and many cultures. Dependant on where you are determines what kind of food you may eat, customs you may be privy to and what sort of funeral service will be held when you have passed...

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