Helpful info,places,books and real people too!
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.
Beyond - Compare Funeral Directors Nationally, on price and service
Blue Cross, Pet bereavement support. 0800 096 6606
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!