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COVID-19 Update

Due to the impact of COVID 19 (Coronavirus) and the increase in cases across the UK, it’s important to update you on the steps that we are taking to keep Safe Hands operating safely.  Our Offices remain open and our team are available to help with all enquiries. Whilst the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) […]

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Buried alive

The concept of death can be difficult and often terrifying  to contemplate, but for some the thought of being buried alive is more unnerving and it can become a pathological phobia – or taphophobia, to use the technical term, from the Greek taphos meaning grave or tomb.  Prior to modern day medical practices, this fear […]

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Alternative Hearse

Choosing an alternative hearse in which to make your last journey can be a great way to personalise your funeral plans.  Many famous people have been transported to their final resting place in less than conventional vehicles – Martin Luther King travelled in a white Cadillac, Princess Diana’s coffin was carried by a gun carriage […]

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Safe Hands welcomes new regulation by FCA

The funeral plan business is to come under tighter regulation when the industry falls under the auspices of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – the body that regulates the 60,000 businesses in the UK offering financial services. The FCA plans to have the new legislation in place next year before taking responsibility for regulation in […]

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Burial plots and how to find one

Britain is littered with examples of burial plots – from Saxon ship burials at Sutton Hoo and Roman stone coffins around Hadrian’s Wall to rural Norman churchyards and modern metropolitan cemeteries.  Although a recent article  by the BBC suggests that cremation is now more popular in the UK than burial, a YouGov poll found that […]

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Can you be buried in your own garden?

Although many of may have never considered it a possibility, the easy answer is actually yes, you can be buried in your garden or any private land you own, with a few caveats.  The Burial Law Amendment Act 1880 made sure of that.   After all, ancestral homes are littered with family cemeteries, and mausoleums, and […]