EP 40 - What Makes An Award Winning Celebrant with Justine Wykerd

EP 40 - What Makes An Award Winning Celebrant with Justine Wykerd

Justine Wykerd is a civil celebrant based in Warwickshire. In September 2017 she was awarded "Celebrant of the Year" at the Good Funeral Awards. In this episode, we chat about what it takes to be a successful celebrant and how having an online presence is becoming critical to run your business. We also get a guest interruption from you deaf dog! Makes for a fun episode. 

EP 39 - Life, Death, Whatever with Louise Winter from Poetic-Endings

EP 39 - Life, Death, Whatever with Louise Winter from  Poetic-Endings

Louise Winter - Funeral Director & Founder of Poetic Endings.  She was a funeral celebrant before she decided to become a funeral director and launch the funeral service she believes needs to exist.

Before becoming a funeral director, Louise was the editor of the Good Funeral Guide. She's also the director of Life. Death. Whatever. An award festival and community that exists to change the dialogue around death and dying.  In 2017, Louise won a Death Oscar at the Good Funeral Awards.  She loves food, fashion, poetry and just about everything else.

Poetic Endings is founded on the belief that a good funeral can be profound and transformational in helping to accept and acknowledge that someone has died. Facing death can be an overwhelming, traumatic and confusing time.

EP 38 - Harbour Funerals - Is Direct Cremation For You?

EP 38 - Harbour Funerals - Is Direct Cremation For You?

Harbour Funerals

When a loved one dies, your world can fall apart. And the complexity and strain of funeral arrangements, as well as the financial burden, can add to your distress.

Harbour is offering a different choice. They are not traditional funeral directors. They offer simple,  direct cremation and memorial services. Is direct cremation for you?

EP 37 - Qeepr - Ensuring A Loved One's Legacy Lives On(line) Forever.

EP 37 - Qeepr - Ensuring A Loved One's Legacy Lives On(line) Forever.

Qeepr - Ensuring A Loved One's Legacy Lives On(line) Forever.

The Qeepr Team has created an interactive story-telling platform that allows you to fill in the “dash” of your life or a loved one with memories, messages, photos, smiles and laughter. You now have the ability to become a Qeepr to preserve and share the legacy of your predecessors. Qeepr is a social media site dedicated to memorialising the lives of the departed with the aid of modern technology.

EP 36 - Apart of Me - A Safe Virtual Place To Help Families Through Grief

EP 36 - Apart of Me - A Safe Virtual Place To Help Families Through Grief

Bounce Works have created an interactive game to help families cope with life limiting illness, death and grief. Apart of Me is a safe virtual space that helps families find their way through grief. Apart of Me is based on the research that shows talking with children openly and honestly but in an age-sensitive way about death and dying can prevent them from developing entrenched, complex feelings around their loss. Apart of Me helps families by developing emotional literacy and wisdom around death. It helps by curating a secure digital memory box of your loved one. Also, it helps by finding and connecting with other people in similar situations, a way to not feel alone in a difficult situation. In its prototype form, Apart of Me is launching its next phase through an IndieGoGo launch.

EP35 - Live - Prepare - Remember with Memorialize Me

EP35 - Live - Prepare - Remember with Memorialize Me

Live - Prepare - Remember with Memorialize Me

We have all been touched by the passing of someone we care about deeply. These experiences have highlighted how difficult and painful this can be for those left to mourn and grieve. Memorialize Me aims to help our users better prepare themselves and their loved ones for their inevitable passing. You can use MemorializeMe on your computer or download the free iPhone app to use your account wherever you are. Memorialize Me also provides a wealth of in depth, timely, and relevant death care related information to their user community. They provide applications, tools and reference materials to those in need of death care related services.

EP34 - Securing Your Life Story Online with LivesArchived

EP34 - Securing Your Life Story Online with LivesArchived

LivesArchived - Securing Your Life Story Online

You present the materials—personal papers, letters, clippings, art work, compositions, drawings, plans, photos and videos. LivesArchived provides a safe, permanent, public archive for them. They ensure transparency about where the information is stored and who stores it. Whether you want to create a work portfolio, family archive, ancestral history, personal library or loved one’s memorial, LivesArchived will meet your needs.

EP33 - When It Comes To Dying, Live A Little With Huunuu

EP33 - When It Comes To Dying, Live A Little With Huunuu

Huunuu believes in inspiring choices to create the life story you want to leave behind. The huunuu pipe dream had been around for many years and in July 2014 Co-Founders Clare and Steve Turner finally incorporated huunuu. 

Using huunuu helps create those crucial conversations and lets you enjoy some of the most amazing and inspiring businesses from around the world that they have brought into one place.

EP32 - The Musing of a Crematorium Worker with Kim Morris

EP32 - The Musing of a Crematorium Worker with Kim Morris

The Musing of a Crematorium Worker

Written in an honest, funny, poignant and revealing way, The Musings of a Crematorium Worker is a new blog by Kim Morris. What happens behind the scenes day by day in a busy crematorium? Kim writes in the first person and with incredible insight on the events, process and thoughts as she works each day in a busy London Crematorium. Her blog is certainly worth a read for anyone who is interested in how working in this aspect of the bereavement industry is truly like.  

EP30 - Swansongs - How To Send A Memory To The Future with Jason Moore

EP30 - Swansongs - How To Send A Memory To The Future with Jason Moore

Swansongs is a global service established for archiving and dispatching legacy letters for at least the next one hundred years. 

Imagine getting a birthday card from a lost parent, a letter from a friend who died too young, or a Christmas card from a Grandparent who passed fifty years ago. Think how it would make you feel, seeing their handwriting and soaking in their words, a message written for that moment, from a very long time ago. This is what Swansongs wants to bring to the legacy and EOL planning marketplace.

EP29 - How To Write An Online Obituary with Melissa Jayne Kinsey

EP29 - How To Write An Online Obituary with Melissa Jayne Kinsey

Who Says a Good Obituary Has to Be Dull?

 The traditional obituary is a gloomy collection of dry facts and chilly clichés. The internet has swept away space restrictions and made newspaper deadlines irrelevant. Social media has encouraged us to swap stories and celebrate our loved ones’ lives. Why should today’s tributes rely on the same dull script we followed 30 years ago? It’s time for the old-school obituary to slip into something more contemporary.

How To Write An Online Obituary is a new book just published by Melissa Jayne Kinsey. In the book she shows step by step how to write a fresh, original tribute and create a memorable virtual memorial featuring photos, videos, and music. 

EP28 - How To Write Your Memoirs with Marnie Summerfield Smith from Yourmemoir.co.uk

EP28 - How To Write Your Memoirs with Marnie Summerfield Smith from Yourmemoir.co.uk

In this interview, I chat with Marnie Summerfield Smith, a full-time memoir writer. We talk about how there is no such thing as an inconsequential life and no reason why everyone should leave some kind of record of their life story as a legacy for the future.

Marnie explains a 3 step process to writing your memories and also options of what to do with the memoir when it is finished. If you have ever thought about penning a few lines of your life this episode will give you the tools and hopefully the inspiration to start. 

EP27 - How To Preserve Your Unique Life Story with TSOLife

EP27 - How To Preserve Your Unique Life Story with TSOLife

An Interview with David Sawyer Founder & CEO of TSOLIFE

TSOLife focuses on creating innovative ways to preserve a legacy and pass down life stories for future generations. Our mission is that no grandchild should have to wonder what their grandparent was like. Our unique solutions create the most personalised way to pass down personal stories that families will share and cherish for generations.

EP26 - This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy Lesson #4

EP26 - This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy Lesson #4

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND DAYS

Look at an old photograph. 
A frozen moment in time.
A time that lives again. 
They live again.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. I say they paint a thousand days. The people in the photograph, though they may no longer be alive, live as you look into their faces. You see their smiles; you can hear in your mind the way they laughed one more time. You can relive that day, that moment, that minute as though they were still here and time had stood still. A thousand days in one image.

EP25 - This Is Lesson Three of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy

EP25 - This Is Lesson Three of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy
“Western funerals: black hearses, and black horses, and fast-fading flowers. Why should black be the colour of death? Why not the colours of a sunset?

— Daniele Varè, The Maker of Heavenly Trousers

"Talking about sex will not get you pregnant, neither will talking about a funeral kill you."

Said Gail Rubin, founder of A Good Goodbye

She is right. From my experience, people rarely speak of death. In 106 funerals conducted in the last six months, only a handful of families knew the wishes of their loved one. When they did, it made such a difference. It does not matter how old you are, plan your funeral. 

EP24 - This Is Lesson Two of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy

EP24 - This Is Lesson Two of What I Learned From 106 Funerals About Life & Digital Legacy

Lesson Two - Life Is Short

We cannot judge a song by its duration
Nor by the number of its notes;
We must judge it by the way
it touches and lifts our souls.
Sometimes those unfinished
are among the most beautiful.

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family. This is lesson two.

EP23 - This Is Lesson One of What I Learned From 106 Funeral About Life & Digital Legacy

EP23 - This Is Lesson One of What I Learned From 106 Funeral About Life & Digital Legacy

This Is What 106 Funerals Taught Me About Life & Digital Legacy

Helping 106 families face death teaches you about life. Death comes to us all. It comes mostly at times when you least expect it. It comes to the old, the sick, the young and the healthy. It comes. It will come to you.

In the last six months, I have written 106 funeral services. Wrapped up in the mystery of those unwelcome days, are four valuable lessons I have learned. Lessons about life and how you can leave a digital legacy for your family.

EP22- Every Person Has A Story Worth Writing - The Legacy Recorder with Gael Gilliland

EP22- Every Person Has A Story Worth Writing  - The Legacy Recorder with Gael Gilliland

The Legacy Recorder was created to give people the opportunity to write down their stories. Using simple storytelling methods, families can work together to capture their stories. Regardless of age, everyone has something to contribute. I believe that by working together, families will change the conversations within their own lives and go on to impact how other families interact.

EP21 - Vivala.Me "Let's Celebrate Life" & Secure Our Digital Legacy - Marcin Gnat

EP21 - Vivala.Me "Let's Celebrate Life" & Secure Our Digital Legacy - Marcin Gnat

Securing Your Digital LegacyVivala.me is an easy to use platform that allows you to control exactly what happens to all of your documents, images, videos and more after you have died. You are able to pass on control to the right person at the right time. When it comes to the thousands of digital assets you own, your photos, documents, passwords, accounts, videos and other items, you are now able to control exactly what happens to each and every one of these precious memories and make sure they end up in the right hands at the right time.