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Funeral Poverty, Ash Memorialisation and Memorial Trees

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Funeral Poverty is a serious issue. This is often created by a number of factors coming together: no savings or spare money; funerals by their nature are pricey due to the work involved – so it is a big expense; people don’t plan or discuss their needs; people don’t put any money aside. This has […]

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Mother left distraught after council ‘vandalise” grave

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A grieving mother has railed against the council for what she considered to be the vandalising of her son’s grave: they removed ancillary memorial items – flowers, vases etc from the grave. This is not uncommon, the reason it makes the news is the sensitivity of the individual balanced with the reaction of the council. […]

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A Survey of Best Places to Scatter Ashes … really?!

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Scattering Ashes Survey

Always on the hunt for Scattering Ashes news and alerts: a recent ‘survey’ got some press coverage – of the best places to scatter ashes in the UK.  Actually, to be fair to them they called it an analysis, but as it got picked up by the media they then labelled it a survey. So […]

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The Government’s review of the funeral industry in a nutshell

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As you know the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have been having a close look at the Funeral Industry in the UK and their findings have finally been released.  Here is my short and candid summary of what I believe they said: People don’t shop around for funerals because dealing with the death itself is so traumatic (amongst other things), […]

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Cremation Ashes as a Marketing Ploy

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Nothing new in the world they say. Well perhaps, but this is certainly different. There is a famous restaurant in the Las Vegas called the Heart Attack Grill. Its whole method of promotion is entirely paradoxical. It is famous for telling you that their food is very very bad for you. They are in the […]

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Now where did I leave that bag?

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Well David Cameron forgot to take his kids back from the pub if you remember, so I suppose leaving cremation ashes behind is understandable? A dog walker reported a bag left near a busy road in Paignton in Torbay, Devon at around 8am on 1- September morning. It turned out to be a bag containing […]

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Gandhi’s ashes urn stolen

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Gandhi’s ashes urn stolen Gandhi’s ashes urn stolen. Mahatma Gandhi, considered by many Indians to be  ‘the father of the Nation’, has had his 150th Birthday celebrations slightly marred. An urn containing a portion of his ashes was stolen from the Bapu Bhawan memorial in the state of Madhya Pradesh, and a poster of the […]

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Dumping of Ashes makes a Scottish beauty spot unsightly

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Scatter ashes at beauty spots hits the papers again For ten years I have writing about scattering ashes, where you can and where you can’t, what you should and shouldn’t do. In fact, in one of my early post I had angry walker in the Lake District blaming me [how very dare he!] for the […]

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The Six Nations Rugby Tournament, Guinness and Scattering Ashes

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The Six Nations 2019. Hold the press, someone has invented some spooky mind ray thing and they are somehow extracting thoughts, I blame the Google Street View van. It must have some clever gizmo on it that is harvesting thought waves. This must be the only plausible explanation, otherwise how else could the advertising agency […]

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Comedian is in dispute over her daughter’s ashes

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Ava Vidal’s Daughter’s Ashes I don’t like exposing people’s family woes unless there is a wider a message or point to understand. In this case, I think there is. The comedian Ava Vidal is locked in a high court battle. Mrs Vidal and her ex-partner are disputing what should happen to their daughter’s ashes. Their […]

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What does Rod Stewart want to do with his ashes?

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Rod Stewart’s Ashes Veteran rocker Rod Stewart wants his ashes to be scattered at Celtic Park (the home ground of the Celtic Football Club), or failing that Hampden Park (Scotland’s national football stadium) Nothing odd about that, he is a well known football supporter and associated with all things Scottish.  It then occurred to me, […]

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Appeal – RIVER WALKS BBC – River Soar

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River Soar BBC

Hello there, I am a freelance TV producer and the BBC has asked me to tender ideas for a River Walks programme. I would pitch for the East Midlands version of this regional commission – revealing interesting walks alongside various rivers in the region. On the River Soar in Leicestershire we are thinking of featuring […]

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Etihad Airways cremation ashes policy

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Carrying ashes on a Etihad Airways flight Etihad Airways The Abu Dhabi based flight operator  has announced that it is rolling out new rules on carry-on bags aboard flights they are restricting certain powder material from cabin luggage. The good news is that there is certain exemptions and cremated remains is one of them: 1. Medically […]

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Hawking’s Ashes are buried with the greats

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The late great professor Stephen Hawking ashes have been interred at Westminster Abbey between those of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. He was buried under an are at a ceremony conducted on 15 June 2018 Quite rightly so, not only achieving so much for science but for his positive impact on attitudes towards disability. And […]

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The Vatican’s position on the ashes of saints

The Vatican has updated it rules on relics these are body parts (and more historically) including associated items of a saint. There has been issues recently when surviving family members disagree with what the  Catholic church wishes to do body of a person once they have given saint status. The rules were last updated in […]

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BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show on Spreading Ashes

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BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show. Rich has just been on the Jeremy Vine show if you want to listen he’s about 20 minutes from the end. Great piece and what a lovely group of people. #scatteringashes Following a complaint from a lady in Plymouth Richard was asked by the Jeremy Vine show to come […]

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On my way to the Blue Ridge Mountains

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The crematorium run by Cremation Services Inc. of Winston-Salem has had its license suspended by North Carolina Board of Funeral Services. Why? Well one of its employees had 93 unclaimed sets of ashes stored in his home in North Carolina. A neighbour noticed bone fragment and ashes near to the man’s dustbin and reported it […]

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One ethical commentator opinion of what to do with ashes

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I came across the following Q&A in the Toronto (Canada) Star Newspaper. Have a read: Recently, two friends of mine, a couple, died; Martha went first, John second. Both were cremated and the ashes dispersed, except that, before he died, John had kept some of his wife’s ashes. I was the executor of his estate, […]

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Aussie Cricketer in a wonderful act of charity

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I can’t say I haven’t always been that charitable towards the Australian cricket team, today I have been humbled by Steve Waugh the ex-captain of Australia for his wonderful act of kindness. Mr Waugh is often going to and from India from his wider charity work this time he had a special reason to visit. […]

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Scattering by drone – a logical extension I suppose

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Ashes in fireworks, ashes scattered from Bi-planes, radio controlled helicopters and now from a drone Well I guess there was a certain inevitability, people like ashes being scattered into the sky and the drone is the latest and most convenient / affordable method for doing this. But currently only available ‘Down-Under’ and probably near the […]

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Secret scattering to avoid the witness fee

Officials at Dudley Council in the Midlands have revealed that there has been a rise in families going into the memorial gardens at Gornal Wood and Stourbridge Crematoriums and scattering the ashes of their loved one’s without permission. There are questions being raised as to why this is happening: well cost is being cited as […]

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Exhumation granted due to proximity to footpath

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As you may have seen from other posts I try and highlight as many examples of formal exhumation for Church of England cemeteries as possible so I can give you an idea of what constitutes exceptional circumstances as possible. If you are not aware exceptional circumstances are the criteria the Church of England puts in […]

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Lost and found – ashes locket -warming story for Christmas

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We all hate losing stuff, but just imagine losing a locket with a loved one’s ashes inside – how distressing would that be. However, on this occasion there was a happy ending. Last month Bud Crevasse, an octogenarian from Signal Mountain Tennessee, spotted a shiny pendant on the floor of a local car park, he […]

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Devon Life

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Devon Life

Devon Life piece We’d love you all to rush out now & buy a copy of this month’s (July) Devon Life, not only does it have loads of really great ideas about things to do in Devon but it has a rather lovely article all about us in it!!! We’ve been featured in the Made in […]

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Prince’s Ashes

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Prince’s Ashes The musical icon Prince passed away late last month, he was found collapsed in a lift at his home. Those in the know consider there is no reason why he should have taken his own life and the most likely explanation is an accidental overdose of painkillers he was using for a back […]

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