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Helpful info,places,books and real people too!


Outside The Box: Everyday Stories Of Death, Bereavement And Life, Liz Rothschild Nov 2020 available here 

The Association of Independent Celebrants ​01652 634063

Reflect on the life of the deceased with a religious or secular (non-religious) service/ceremony, or a fusion of the two. 

BeyondCompare Funeral Directors Nationally, on price and service

Blue Cross, Pet bereavement support. 0800 096 6606

Mountbatten Hampshire

The Compassionate Friends 08451 232304
Charity of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents supporting others who have been similarly bereaved. 

Cruse –  01865 245398
Free support to all bereaved people – information, counselling support and training services. 


Carers UK 0808 808 7777  

Helpline and free booklets and online downloads topics include: What help is available?  Coming out of hospital, Residential or nursing care, What to do when caring ends, Advice for carers and former carers. Support groups for carers. 

Carers in Southampton 

Local support  & information for all unpaid Carers, based in Portswood


Dignity in Dying – 020 7479 7730 

We campaign to change the law to allow the choice of assisted death for terminally ill, mentally-competent adults, within upfront safeguards. 

Dying Matters 

The Coalition’s Mission is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life

Finity – Community network encouraging and facilitating preparation for death and dying, as well as providing resources. 

Good Funeral Guide   Independant information resource


Home funeral Network  

The Home Funeral Network UK offers support, education and guidance for all those involved in arranging a home based, family led funeral. 


Living Well Dying Well  01273 479114

Training Doulas (companions) for the dying; supporting families and individuals at the end of life; ‘Embracing Death and Dying’ courses for professionals and the public. 

My Wishes

MyWishes’ goal is to ensure that everyone documents what they would like to happen to their physical estate, their digital estate, the care they may require in the future, and the care of any dependents they may have (children, pets etc).

Natural Death Centre – 01962 712 690 

Free advice and information about death and dying helping people make informed choices about death and burial. 


Naomi House  Local Hospice supporting children / teenagers with Life Limiting conditions


Organ Donation – 0300 1231107

Information about donating organs. 


Simon Says  01794 323934 

Local childhood bereavement organisation supporting children and families facing any kind of death.

Soul Midwives – Spiritual and holistic companions to those facing the end of life. 


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide 


The Red Lipstick Foundation  

Southampton based support for people bereaved through suicide

Winstons Wish – 08452 03 04 05
National childhood bereavement organisation supporting children and families facing any kind of death.

A Few Written Resources We Like :

'With The End In Mind' Dr Kathryn Mannix.

A Pallative Care Doctor reflects on several different individuals and their families, to give a real glimpde of how the End Of Life can be.

'Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute' & 'What Happened to Daddy's Body?' by Elke Barber (Check out her Tedex talk too)

How she answered real life questions from her 3 year old son.

'The Natural Death Handbook' Edited by The Natural Death Centre.

An influential guide covering practical, emotional & spiritual aspects of Death & Dying. A favourite essay was by Carla Zilbersmith (US Actress)

The Good Funeral Guide by Charles Cowling.

It is what it says.

'My Fathers Wake' by Kevin Toolis.

In describing the dying & death of his father, Sonny, Kevin paints a picture of an age old custom in Ireland - where an important ritual is carried out - something that prepares everyone in the Community for their own eventual death.

'Can't we Talk about Something More Pleasant?' by Roz Chast.

New Yorker Cartoonist Roz takes us through the years of her parents' decline, her visits & ultimately, their death. Funny and Piognant.

'From Here To Eternity' by Caitlin Doughty (USA)

Caitlin travelled the globe looking at cultural practices for the dead.

I recall her saying that all the customs are odd - unless they're your own. We promise some extremely interesting insights!


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