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  • 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)
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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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I came to this book via the website of the same name, and got it this pm. I sat down just to look quickly through it and got up over two hours later, having read the lot. It's an even better job than you'd hope from the highly informative and entertaining website. The book will really help you if someone has just died, but it's even more valuable if you read it well before someone close to you dies. And therein lies an element of its value: it is part of a changing attitude towards death, as well as being a crisply-written, eminently practical guide to funerals if you are about plan one. I'm a funeral celebrant, and it will further shape and guide my practice. It is quite remarkably fair-minded and well-balanced, in a field fraught with prejudices, strong feelings, and fierce commercial self-interest. It also has flashes of the wit and originality you'd expect from the website.
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.
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As an American married and settled in Britain I found funeral customs here baffling, and I found it very difficult to learn about them becasue it's a much more taboo subject here than in the States. (My husband, for instance has never had, and never will have, a conversation with his parents about their wishes for after they die. Argh!) I bought this book to educate myself, on the grounds that when my in-laws do eventually die, it will fall to us to arrange things, and would not have had the first clue as to where to begin, what the laws were, what our options were, etc.

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.
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It is an essential before trying to get to grips with organising your end of life affairs. So informative and helpful; I would certainly recommend it.
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worth every penny.very informative.lots to think about now I know more.everyone should have one
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Lots of good information, and quick delivery.
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Not just informative but questions the status quo of our views and feelings of the 'traditional'.

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!
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I purchased this book recently with a view to dipping in and out as required but found it facinating and read it cover to cover in one sitting. For someone like myself who had only ever attended funerals at the local crematorium it is extremely illuminating and very helpful. Armed with the knowledge and contacts garnered from this book I have now organised my own green funeral using a pre arranged personal plan.
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.
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