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Scattering Ashes is the nation’s favourite choice!

Fact: 79% of those wishing to be cremated want their ashes scattered. Which means about 2/3rds of us in total (80% of people are cremated). The result of a recent YouGov survey confirmed what we have believed for years, if you want to be cremated then most of you want your ashes to be scattered. The […]


Council policy too blunt? No.

Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult at the best of times and small injustices can become magnified many times over, here we have the case of a lady from Pontypool in Wales, who was organising the burial of her disabled brother’s ashes and because her brother had lived away from the […]

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Cremation – what you get and what it costs

The average cost of cremation currently is just below the £700 mark. The cost of the fuel for the cremation is around £30. What! I hear you cry that is outrageous! Well yes, but it is not quite as simple as that. The question is are we being ripped off? Or are we getting value for money? […]

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Wondering what to do with his wife’s ashes

The following is a cut and paste from the Saturday Guardian (I am never quite sure if I am allowed to do that, but I have fully referenced it!) It concerns deliberation from a husband on what to do with his wife’s ashes, it is interesting and moving. It also adds a real voice , […]

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Variation in cremation cost across the UK 2016

Every year crematoria are getting more expensive and there is now a big difference between the top and the bottom. From the lowest price is from a crematoria run by the a local authority – Belfast City council, where the cost is £364 the highest is a private crematoria run by the funeral giant Dignity at Beckenham in Greater […]

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Communal ashes area and insensitive councils?

Everyone gets annoyed with the Council from time to time: over zealous traffic wardens, coming across the odd ‘computer says no’ clerk, or the librarian who doesn’t want their books disturbed. Those images seem to stick in the mind as opposed to the good ‘stuff’ that they do and papers both national and local tend […]

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Cremation in the Republic of Ireland

Ireland and the UK have many similar customs. Cremation is not one of them. In fact very few people in the RoI get cremated and whilst it is on the increase it is still around 15% (compared to ~75% of us in the UK). Why? Probably a combination of belief, customs and tradition. I found […]

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BBC Open Source

BBC Open Source The BBC have a brilliant radio programme called Open Source, they transmit it live from their news rooms – there are several – and feature news as it’s happening live from all over the world. On Thursday 14th July, alongside all the Teresa May appointment furore, there was a piece from Japan about sending ashes into […]

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A problem with personal memorialisation in Nottingham Crematoria’s communal woodland

The needs of the individual will often come into conflict with the needs many, and here is a case in point. Ms Kara Thrall scattered the ashes of her mother and grandmother in the same spot in Nottingham’s Wilford Hill Crematorium in the communal woodland. On the 3rd anniversary of her death Ms Thrall visited […]

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Sports fan deifies ban to scatter on third base

Sports fans can have an extremely strong bond with their club and judging by the amount of requests and queries we get, they can often wish to have their ashes scattered at the hallow turf. This story from the US is interesting as not only does it concern someone breaking the rules, but their keenness […]

Dying Matters

Cost and Meaning: Dying Matters – Dying Matters Week May 2016

Dying Matters I was speaking to funeral director the other day. I was discussing with him changes in attitudes today’s funerals. He was bemoaning by the ring round society: “I have got Wiggins and Son on the other line and they can do a bunch of flowers for fifty quid less than you, can you […]

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Should I take photos at a scattering ashes ceremony?

The rise and rise of capturing every moment of our lives appears un-reversible, from the moment a new baby comes into the world they are captured in almost every aspect of their life. However there still appears to be certain taboos: funerals are an obvious example. As someone recently expressed to me: why would anyone […]

Bio-cremation: err it isn’t actually cremation

I am not a pedant, trust me. If you ask friends and significant other that would not make the list. Geek, yes sometimes, I’ll take that, but pedant, no. There have been a number of articles recently about ‘bio-cremation’ a process by which the body is accelerated through stages of decomposition reducing it to a […]

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Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight

Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight. Travelling with ashes can be tricky, it is best to get thing right from the start, so that your journey is as stress free as possible.  So if you intending to take cremation ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight, this is what they say: Cremated remains can be accepted […]

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Carrying ashes on a Lufthansa flight

Carrying ashes on a Lufthansa flight Travelling with ashes can be tricky it is best to get thing right from the start, so that you experience the minimum disruption.  So if you intending to take cremation ashes on a Lufthansa flight, this is what they say: In regards to your enquiry, passengers are allowed to carry the cremated remains […]

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What to do with ashes?

One of the most frequently asked questions is – what to do with ashes? You can choose to: Keep them Bury them Scatter them If you want to keep them, then consider Do you want to keep all or some of them If all then you will need to think whether you want them in […]

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Do they burn the coffin when you get cremated

Do they burn the coffin when you get cremated? The question, do coffins get cremated with the body is a frequently asked. To those in the funeral industry this often met with a surprised or bemused look, the answer is: yes, of course. However the fact the question is asked on such a frequent basis […]

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The case of the Cremation without the family knowing

This is the sad case of Mr Fitzpatrick who passed way in August. He had suffered depression for some time and it is believed he committed suicide. At the time he was living on his own, his children had left home and he was estranged from his partner, with whom we was still on good […]

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How to scatter ashes: 5 different ways

Here is how to scatter ashes? Here are 5 ways to make your ceremony even more memorable Casting: is the act of throwing the cremation ashes to the wind or usually just called scattering. There are a number of thing you should consider. they are more ashes than you realise they can cover quite an […]