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Talking to children about death

Telling a child that someone close to them has died can be an overwhelming prospect. Following the death of a loved one it’s difficult to know how much information to tell children, and the best way to say it. It’s natural to want to protect children from the pain of grief however it is vital […]

What to do with your loved one’s ashes?

Cremation is a very popular choice among Brits. In our blog last month we told you that, in 2019, 78% of funerals in the UK were cremations. The ashes that are left at the end of a cremation are called cremains and it is up to you what you choose to do with them. During […]

Going green with eco-friendly funerals

We live in a world where sustainability and ‘being green’ are finally at the forefront of many conversations and ways of living. But while most of us do what we can to live our lives in the most environmentally friendly way possible, how many of us have thought about continuing to be green even after […]

Being in a Good Place to Die

We mention a lot here at Austins about the importance of talking about death and opening up to others about your thoughts, worries and wants before the time comes. There is a national campaign surrounding this called Dying Matters Awareness Week, which takes place each May. Last year’s theme was ‘Dying to be heard’, which […]

Small but beautiful funerals

Since the start of the pandemic, many families have had to limit the number of mourners that can attend their loved ones’ funerals due to strict Covid rules. Last week, we heard the very sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The funeral will be televised and, as […]

Arranging funerals in Covid times

At the end of January, the UK marked the loss of more than 100,000 people to have died within 28 days of an infection with COVID-19. This was a terrible milestone that none of us could have imagined we would reach even just a year ago. According to data from the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, […]

Funeral flowers and floral tributes

Celebrations or commiserations, happy times or sad, flowers do a wonderful job of saying what we sometimes can’t find the words for. They are a symbol of hope and love; in the words of French artist Henri Matisse, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Throughout history flowers have been used […]

Overcoming your fear of funerals

fear of funerals guide

OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF FUNERALS If you’ve ever felt anxious at a funeral, you’re not alone. This post will provide you with essential advice on how to get through a funeral.  There are many different reasons why people might feel stressed or nervous in the lead up to the funeral of a loved one, friend […]

Coping with grief around anniversaries

While there are certain recognised stages of grief, there is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one; everyone is different. There are lots of resources online for bereavement support, which some of us may reach for soon after losing a loved one. However, we can of course experience feelings […]

How nature can help us in difficult times

  It’s a well known fact that spending time outdoors has major health benefits, both physically and mentally. Getting back to nature can improve your mood, reduce stress, help you be more active and even increase your self-esteem. If you can’t go outside yet due to some restrictions, you can still reduce stress with games […]