Can I get Buried at Sea?
We have explored many different types of funeral in the past, from humanist services to green burials, and found that most final wishes can be accommodated in the UK (outside of covid restrictions). But what about burial at sea?
When I think of being buried at sea I think of war times, hardened Trawlermen and historical Naval figures; lives lived, fought and died at sea. Many Funeral Directors offer burial at sea as an option in 2021, so my perceptions of burial at sea are definitely out of date, so what does a burial at sea look like nowadays and is it something anyone can choose?
What Can You Do in Your Retirement?
So, you've finally done it. After all the years of education and work, you've reached retirement. No more early alarms for work, stressful days at the office or getting stuck in the dreaded rush-hour traffic. Life is good.
But, as the weeks and months go by, you may begin to wonder: "what do I do with myself?" Having so much free time after a life-long busy schedule sounds like the best thing in the world, but it may lead to boredom and even loneliness if you don't manage it right.
What can you do in your retirement? Well that's the million dollar question that I'm going to attempt to answer in today's blog.
According to the NHS organ donation website you could save up to 9 lives by donating your organs after death. On 20th May 2020, the law regarding organ donation in England was changed to an opt out system, allowing more people to save more lives. Now it will be automatically assumed that you agree to become an organ donor when you die if you are over 18, you are not in an excluded group and you have not opted out.
Top 5 Apps for Mindfulness
Taking care of our mental health should be just as important as our physical health. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health one way or another which is why it is so important to spend some time that will help it. As we are coming out of lockdown (fingers crossed) soon we all still need to know how to cope with stresses in our everyday life. According to the NHS website, paying more attention to the present moment, and to thoughts and feelings, can help to improve mental wellbeing and enables people to enjoy life and understand themselves better.
Here will go through the top 5 apps for mindfulness:
What will happen to my pet when I die?
I don’t need to tell you again how important our pets can be to us as a nation of animal lovers, in our previous blogs we have already looked at having a funeral for your pet, and even if it’s possible to leave money or property to your pet when you die.
So what about the care and responsibility of your pet should you pass away? Where will they go and who will look after them? In today’s blog we’ll take a look at your options should the worst happen.
What Are The Most Popular Funeral Cars?
When a person passes away their coffin’s journey/cortege to the place where they will be buried or cremated can widely vary. Here we will go through the most popular types of vehicles for transporting the coffin. If you are struggling to decide, it helps to think of hobbies and passions of the deceased and see what transportation can be related to them.
Samaritans Awareness Day - 24/7
If there is anything good to come out of this last year and a half, it’s that it has taught us that there are so many different ways that we can stay in touch with our loved ones. At a time when we were forced to stay apart, we took to our phones and our laptops in order to keep conversations going.
But did we really learn to listen to each other? This year the Samaritans are encouraging people to not only stay in touch, but to become better listeners.
What happens to my digital data when I die?
Previously on our blog we have answered the question ‘What happens to my social media after I die?’, but this only answers part of our digital data dilemma. What about everything that you store on your phone or in the ever mysterious ‘cloud’?
We all fill our phones with important memories in the form of photos, videos, and messages, and some of us are even savvy enough to back it all up in the cloud, but what good is all that if you pass away and nobody can get access to any of it?
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.