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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 […]

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Funeral museums around the world

Recent research by Safe Hands shows that the taboo around discussing death may be lifting, with 30% of us prepared to think more about our own death and funeral planning.  What better way to do this than with a trip to a museum?  With many established museums around the world specialising in the history of […]

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Lockdown funeral: what you need to know

A lockdown funeral is becoming in the norm for those wanting to say goodbye during the current pandemic. Organising a funeral for loved ones can be a daunting process at the best of times and recent restrictions due to government attempts to contain COVID-19 have made this even harder, not only for individuals involved, but […]