- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Continuum (20 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144115731X
- ISBN-13: 978-1441157317
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 587.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Good Funeral Guide Paperback – 20 May 2010
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The content is extremely comprehensive but is broken down into easily assimilated sections. There are also plenty of signposts to relevant websites. The guide is intended to be used alongside the Good Funeral Guide website www.goodfuneralguide.co.uk --Hospice Information Bulletin, 3rd July 2010
'A valuable resource, especially for those who may expect to find themselves responsible for arranging a funeral at some point in the future.' --The Middle Way
About the Author
Charles Cowling is a trained funeral celebrant, committed to empowering families to let their people go with peace, dignity and love. He also trains funeral celebrants and reviews schools for The Good Schools Guide.
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Top Customer Reviews
But: take heed! when the author warns you that a specific part of the book is not for the squeamish. He means it, although it's lightly stated. That's not just the sort of squeamish as in when you're watching a movie. If you have just lost someone close to you and if you don't have an unusually bracing and robust attitude towards dead bodies, then the bits labelled "not for the squeamish" are, I'd say, to be avoided.
That's one big reason why we should read this book before we have to! It's hard to be objective about such things when you're reeling from a sudden bereavement. But getting to grips with them in advance might help with bereavement, when the time comes.
The book is also full of very useful practical information, leads and links. And it is surprisingly reassuring.
A really excellent job, for which we should feel grateful.Read more ›
I'm also a Military Wife, and God forbid the worst should happen, I don't want to have to arrange my husband's funeral and navigate all the confusion while grieving (nor do I want to turn my grief and my wallet over to an undertaker and say "Here, you sort this" thus giving up all control.)
Knowlege is power, forewarned is forearmed, and all that. This is a HUGELY practical book that will outline legal requirements in the event of a death and present your options for burial/creamation/etc and memorial services in a simple, clear, and sensitive manner, as well as providing contact info on where you can gain additional information on specific questions.
It is NOT morose, morbid, creepy, or grim. On the contrary, this book is enlightening and empowering. I highly reccommend reading it when no one is dead or dying, so you can take it all in, make note, ask questions of yourself and your loved ones while it's all still hypothetical and in the future.
Thought provoking, amusing but factual and with a very comfortable writing style, Charles tells it like it is; like it should be told; why pretend death is anything than what it is? Yorkshire men call a spade, a spade(no pun intended)....he actually writes 'dead' and 'died' and not 'resting' or 'passed'.
The GFG tells of what to expect, what has to done and how you can mitigate the trauma after someone dies; it stresses the importance of a relevant, contemporary funeral to all of us still living. The living will forever regret a funeral that doesn't reflect and repect the life that was lived.
It's your life and it's your death; we are shown the way and the choices we have.
Be guided by what you find here, your idea of death may never be the same again; you might even be moved to prepare for your own!
I would recommend it to anyone.I think the most benefit can be gained by reading before a family bereavement occurs so you are fully aware of all your options before emotions start to cloud judgement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative. Covers all aspects. I found this very helpfulPublished 9 months ago by Shirley Riley
clear and easy to read. not morbid, and helps you think about many more options than you might otherwise find out about if you wait to deal with it after the death of a loved one.Published 17 months ago by S. Whittle
Excellent book by a seriously clever author. Highly recommended. As yet, haven't had opportunity to use it, I'm pleased to say! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jock the Bear.