Alternative Funeral Ideas
Alternative funerals are becoming more popular in the UK over the years. As fewer people are having traditional religious funerals, more people are looking into a unique way of saying goodbye to their loved ones. In this blog, we will have some inspiration and ideas if you’re thinking about having an alternative funeral.
Can I leave leave money or property to my pet when I die?
One of the final demonstrations of love that we can make as we depart this life is to leave money, property or even treasured possessions to our loved ones in a Will. But what if that loved one is a pet?
We’ve talked before in our blogs about how a beloved pet can be as much a part of the family as any human, and we have even answered the question ‘Can I have a funeral for my pet?’, but can we actually leave them something in our Will?
The short answer, unfortunately, is no. In the context of your Will, a pet is considered property, and as such you can not leave a sum of money or anything else directly to your pet. However, there is a way around this and that is to name a person to leave the money in trust. For example if your pet is going to live with and be looked after by your spouse when you die, then you can leave a sum of money to that person with the instruction that it is to be used to care for your pet. You can even leave a Letter of Wishes that more closely describes how you want the pet to be cared for and what the money can be spent on.
What Rules are Changing in England on July 19th?
Could it be? Is 'freedom' finally here for those of us living in England? On Monday 5th July, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to move to Step 4 of England's roadmap out of Coronavirus restrictions - originally scheduled for 21st June but pushed back for 4 weeks due to concerns about the Delta variant of Covid which has been sweeping across the UK since spring.
But what rules are changing? Are they all being completely removed or will some be remaining going forward. My aim is to make today's blog a one-stop shop for all the information you need regarding the planned rule changed in England on July 19th.
What is a Therapy Dog?
We are a nation of dog lovers.
With many people working from home the demand for a four legged friend has never been as high. There is no better feeling than the unconditional love of a dog; they seem to have a sixth sense for when you're feeling a little blue. For some dogs this personality trait isn't just cute, it's part of their job.
Top 10 Staycations
The definition of a 'staycation' is: "a holiday spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions." With coronavirus restrictions easing as we head towards summer in the United Kingdom but international travel still very much limited, there has never been a better time to appreciate our own country.
In today's blog I'm going to have a look at 10 places across the UK that would be perfect for a staycation!
Helpful things you can say to someone who is grieving
Grief. There is no avoiding it and it is something all of us will experience in our lives. Whether you've experienced the loss of a loved one or not, no two people grieve in the same way so it can be hard to find the words to say.
Writing for mirror.co.uk, Courtney Pochin says: "There's no magic wand you can wave to end their heartbreak, but choosing your words carefully could be helpful."
The Mirror journalist goes on to look at popular social media platform TikTok - where a number of people have been sharing their grief stories, letting people know their thoughts on the 'best' and 'worst' things to say to people who are grieving.
Who can conduct a funeral service?
Many people assume that funeral services must be conducted by officials such as Funeral Directors or religious leaders, but actually anyone can conduct a funeral, even friends and family members. Funerals are not a legal requirement; it is up to the wishes of the deceased and their relatives as to what kind of funeral, if any, is held. Who conducts the funeral can depend on the type of service you choose to have.
Top 10 walks in the UK
A good walk can do wonders for us, and be beneficial both physically and mentally. There’s nothing better than breathing in the fresh air with the wind 'blowing the cobwebs off’ as some might say. Here are 10 picturesque walks the UK has to offer. The UK has so many simply stunning walks, comment below your favourites!
What Rules are Changing on June 21st?
June 21st was supposed to be the day that things got back to normal once and for all in England. However, due to concerns from scientists and the government, the new 'freedom' day has been pushed back to 19th July, with a slight possibility that it could be revised to 2 weeks earlier if the data on deaths, hospitalisations and vaccinations is positive.
It's very easy to be frustrated about this delay, but in today's blog I'm going to try and look on the bright side, covering some of the restrictions which have been confirmed to be changing on Monday June 21st.
How do I Find and Choose a Funeral Director?
When a loved one has passed away, it is hard to know where to begin when it comes to planning a funeral for them. You may be asking yourself “how do I find a local funeral director to organise the proceedings?” And if you live in a built-up area with multiple funeral directors available, your next thought may well be “which funeral director should I choose?”
In today’s blog I am going to take a look into these two queries, and hope to provide assistance in the matter.