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What the month of May has taught us about mental health and talking about death

May is the month of both Dying Matters Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. While we acknowledge these important events every year, this year, of course, is quite different. Are we closer to talking about death now that we are living through a global pandemic and faced with devastating figures every day? Are we […]

Clearing the Possessions of a Loved One

When a loved one dies, one of the most difficult tasks you may have to take on is clearing out their home. It can be a difficult and emotional time, but it’s also an important step in the grieving process and there are ways to make it easier to handle.    The art of death […]

Let’s talk about the ‘D’ word

Death and dying are not something most people naturally want to talk about. In fact, one research study found that people would rather discuss money or politics with family and friends. So it’s often not until a loved one dies that our thoughts turn to their wishes concerning their funeral. Unfortunately, according to the study, […]

Should you take children to a funeral?

Should you take children to a funeral? When a child attends a funeral or cremation, it can help them to understand that death is final and gives them the chance to be with their family and friends to say goodbye. This can be an important part of the healing process. The first thing to do […]

Is it time to talk about death?

Talking about death is something most people prefer not to do. According to the coalition Dying Matters, over 70% of people don’t feel comfortable talking about death and less than a third have discussed their end-of-life wishes with loved ones. It’s something that Dying Matters – which promotes awareness of dying, death and bereavement – […]