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Secular and Environmentally Friendly Funerals


National Resources

The Natural Death Centre

Is a social entrepreneurial, educational charity giving advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights in this area. Also give support on family-organised and environmentally-friendly funerals.

"We believe that death lies at the heart of our humanity, that within it are great opportunities for personal and social growth, and that if we so wish, we should be encouraged and helped to face it on our own terms without the mediation of a doctor, priest or funeral director."

Website resources include listings of natural burial grounds, celebrants and downloadable leaflets on arranging funerals ranging from burial on private ground to sources of natural, handpainted or willow coffins and urns.

The Natural Death Centre
6 Blackstock Mews
Blackstock Road
London
N4 2BT
Tel: 01962 712 690
Website: http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk

The Natural Death Handbook

Josefine Speyer and Stephanie Wienrich. Paperback 382 pages (4th edition, 2003). Publisher: Rider; ISBN: 1844132269. 5th Edition due out Spring 2012

Synopsis:
More and more people today want to organize at least part of a funeral for themselves, without depending on funeral directors. This text shows the reader how to do everything from ordering a coffin to hiring a horse-drawn hearse to finding a woodland burial ground. The fifth edition is a revised and expanded three book boxed set.

Available From:
The Natural Death Centre
6 Blackstock Mews
Blackstock Road
London
N4 2BT
Tel: 01962 712 690
Website: http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk

The Dead Good Funerals Book

(Dead Good Guides). Sue Gill, John Fox. Paperback. Revised 2004. Publisher: Engineers of the Imagination.

Synopsis:
This book empowers you to take control of the funeral process. It clearly tells you what's fixed and what's flexible. It's a challenging and practical manual crammed with powerful anecdotes which will enable you to design a ceremony either for yourself or a loved one.

Available From:
Engineers of the Imagination
Welfare State International
The Ellers
Ulverston
Cumbria
LA12 OAA
Tel: 01229 581127
Website: http://www.welfare-state.org/pages/publications.htm

Ecological Funerals

Including wicker coffins, urns and so on.
Website: http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/index.php?page=coffins-and-urns-2

Some environmentally friendly funeral companies.
Website: http://www.greenendings.co.uk/countrywide.htm

Resources in Cumbria

Carlisle cemetery - for more information see Carlisle City Council website http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/advice_and_benefits/deaths,_funerals__cremations/cemeteries__crematorium.aspx

Tel: 01228 625310
Wooded parkland, herons, wildlife.
Will arrange funerals directly with families.
Support woodland burial, burial by family, member of Nature reserve burial grounds.

Carlisle crematorium
Tel: 01228 625310
Grounds have peace garden, monthly gardens planted to a seasonal pattern, woods or a memorial wall.

Other woodland burial sites in Cumbria:
Dalton Woodland Burial Ground, Burton-In-Kendal, Cumbria
Meadow Burials, Workington, Cumbria
Woodland Burial ground, Barrow cemetery, Cumbria

Celebrants/people with skills in creating meaningful rites of passage:

Interfaith ministers
Website: http://www.interfaithfoundation.org/content/find-minister

British Humanist Association
Website: http://www.humanism.org.uk/ceremonies

Institute of Civil Funerals
Website: http://www.humanism.org.uk/ceremonies

Dead good guides
The Beach House
Swinstead Lane
Baycliff
Ulverston
Cumbria LA12 9RY
Tel: 01229 869769 e-mail foxandgill@btinternet.com
Website: http://www.deadgoodguides.com
Can help link with appropriate celebrants/creation of service.

Interfaith Ministers in Cumbria:

Steve Wright
Interfaith Minister (based in Mungrisedale, nr Penrith)
Tel: 017687 79000
Email: steve@sacredspace.org.uk
Website: http://www.sacredspace.org.uk

Tim Pickles
Interfaith Minister (based in Keswick, Cumbria)
Tel: 017687 72354
Website: http://www.thelki.org.uk/

© Dr Eileen Palmer 2003
Updated March 2012

Important News

Important Changes in Cumbria Palliative Care Prescribing Practice

Cumbria is changing practice, from 1st April 2011.

The Area Prescribing Committee has recommended the following changes:

  • All strong opioids are to be prescribed by brand name
  • "Just in Case" prescribing is to be encouraged and promoted
  • Morphine is to replace diamorphine as the subcutaneous injectable strong opioid of choice for palliative care patients in Cumbria

21/03/2011

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North Cumbria Pallative Care website

The award winning North Cumbria Palliative Care website continues to receive around 30,000 page views a year. This is 82 page views every single day of the year, 2,500 hits every month, without any publicity or advertising program.

1/3/2011

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