Afterthoughts - Funerals

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Understanding a Sikh funeral

  If you’ve been invited to a Sikh funeral but you’re not sure about the etiquette involved, this short article will help you. You may be close to a Sikh family, but the rituals and beliefs might not be something you’ve talked about – and that’s normal. What’s also normal, is to be a little […]

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Understanding a Muslim funeral

Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity – The word ‘Islam’ in Arabic means submission to the will of God, and the followers of Islam are called Muslims. While the Islamic faith holds some beliefs to be common, there are many different sects so the rituals and beliefs about death can vary. If you’ve been invited to […]

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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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Pallbearers – 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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What is probate?

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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WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO DIE?

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 […]

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CELEBRANTS- WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE ONE

A funeral is an event at which you remember and celebrate the life of someone you knew. Not every funeral needs to be religious, even if you’ve had strong feelings about faith. It’s up to you and your family to choose the type of funeral that feels appropriate. For many people, using a celebrant is […]

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GOING GREEN: AN ECO-FRIENDLY FUNERAL

How green could your funeral be? It’s odd to think about our effect on the planet after we die but, if you’re eco-conscious now, then it might be something you’d like to think about – how green could your funeral be? A woodland burial may seem like the natural first choice, but there are other […]

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THE DREAM OF THE FASTER PASTOR- A MOTORCYCLE HEARSE

In 2001 motorcycling vicar The Rev Paul Sinclair had a dream. He would bring together the two great passions in his life to create the UK’s first motorcycle hearse service to give fellow bikers the send-off they deserved. Rev Sinclair, who sadly passed away in 2019, started Motorcycle Funerals from his home in Leicestershire and […]

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CAN I BE BURIED AT SEA?

Can I be buried at sea? Yes. It’s not very common, and there’s a little bit of organisation and paperwork involved, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a burial at sea. It’s true, there are some costs that you or your family will have to bear in mind when you’re planning the funeral […]