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Letters of administration – what are they?

In short, a letter of administration is a document that’s issued by the Probate Registry to let someone to act as the administrator of your estate, after you die. If you’ve appointed executors, in a will, there won’t be need for letters of administration – your executors will need to apply for a ‘grant of […]

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Pallbearing – what do you need to know?

In a traditional funeral setting, four to six pallbearers will usually carry or escort the coffin from the funeral director’s hearse, into the funeral venue. If the person is being buried, then the pallbearers will also accompany the coffin to the graveside – it’s an honour to be asked, but you might not be sure […]

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Probate, or ‘granting probate’, is the process of proving that a will is legal and valid. This is important: this proof is necessary before the estate of a person who has died can be handled or distributed. In short, bank accounts may be inaccessible, and property may not be sold until probate has been granted. […]

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Over a quarter of (29%) all Brits surveyed think their lives will end by the age of 75, according a new survey. The shocking results reveal a big gap between personal estimates and Government figures which show the average age of death in the UK is currently 81. The YouGov poll, conducted by the funeral […]

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Finding the right words to say at a funeral is a difficult and delicate job.

Finding the right words to say at a funeral is a difficult and delicate job. You can write your own eulogy, or perhaps read from a famous, poignant poem or song. It does not have to be a tradional poem you can even read the lyrics from a song that means a lot to you […]

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It’s a question we might ask often but, for most faiths and even for atheists, it’s almost impossible to answer. Is there a sense of pain, regret, release, happiness – bliss even? In reality, there’s a lot we don’t know. Films and books can tell us that life ‘flashes before our eyes’, but it is […]