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Dead Meet: Online Networking & Dating for the Death Industry

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Ever found it difficult to talk to non-industry friends about your job? Dead Meet aims to change that.

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Funeral Poverty: Making Funerals Accessible

Source: Dying Matters

Funeral Poverty is on the rise, the average cost of a funeral is now £7,622 leaving 1 in 5 saying they would struggle to pay.  National funeral debt is estimated to be worth £117 million.

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Is Self-Regulation Enough?

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Is it time for regulation of the funeral industry?

Yet again another scandal has rocked the press about the funeral trade. Dame Elish Angiolini’s report on the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal revealed staff at the crematorium buried babies ashes in secret and, shockingly, the ashes left in the crematorium overnight would often be mixed with adult remains. Angiolini’s report accused funeral directors of failing to question the practice. Reaction to the findings suggests that an investigation into the industry is eminent.

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Locally Made, Locally Sourced but Missing from the Shop Floor

Photo Credit: Roger Fowle

Eco products are big business but many small producers find it difficult to get their product onto the Undertaker’s shop floor.

Roger Fowle, of Weaverman Baskets in Cambridgeshire, weaves coffins from Somerset willow. He has run into resistance when trying to get his product onto the shop floor. Fowle thinks, ‘a lot of it is to do with profit, the undertaker’s profit, they make a huge amount from selling a coffin’. When trying to get his coffins stocked he was told to cut prices, but Fowle argues that doing this would affect his bottom line.

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Digital Tools for Digital Legacies

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The Law society urges people to leave instructions for their digital legacies and points out that failing to plan for how your digital life is dealt with could mean the loss of important and sentimental information. In addition to this, leaving clear instruction with how to deal with your social media, online banking and email accounts will leave no doubt as to whether you wish to have a digital epitaph on Facebook and will make access to accounts easier for those handling your estate.

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You Only Die Once

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It’s May and that means Dying Matters Awareness Week is fast approaching.

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For the fifth year running, the Dying Matters Coalition, set up to promote the public’s awareness of dying, death and bereavement, will be running events across the UK from May 12th to the 18th.

This year’s theme is ‘You Only Die Once’. Its aim is to get people to take control over their end of life arrangements by encouraging people to start talking about and planning for death.  Events will help participants make an action plan by promoting will writing, planning for both funerals and end of life care as well as how to inform loved ones of your final wishes.

There are lots of events to get you talking about death in the Capital and you don’t have to wait for the 12th to get started.

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Interesting Bodies

Should you find yourself with nothing to do, check out our compilation of documentaries and reality television series exclusively about the trade.

Warning: Some of these videos contain scenes of a graphic nature

Live Blog: Imagining the Future of Medicine

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Dara Ó Briain, with special guest Jay Walker of TEDMED, will host the Imagining the Future of Medicine Conference at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The conference will feature speakers at the forefront of medicine who will explore how we can make the future of medicine brighter. The list of speakers is awe inspiring, including our most anticipated speaker, Katherine Sleeman, who will talk about how to have a good death. Watch a livestream of the event here and check out the highlights in our live blog. All the action begins at 14:00 BST, join us for what promises to be an enlightening afternoon.

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Review: The Nine O’Clock Slot

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“’This slot’s the early slot, the no budget, no frills slot. Low grade and high shame, the slot that no one wants. Welcome, to the ‘The Nine O’Clock Slot’”

Ice&fire’s production, The Nine O’Clock Slot, explores the taboo and often ignored subject of death through the little spoken of practice of ‘paupers’ funerals’ or common graves.

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The Nine O’Clock Slot Preview

The Nine O'Clock Slot

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*Update*

Unfortunately, the post-show discussion has been cancelled. The organisers assure us it will be rescheduled, when it is PreparedLondon will be there to bring it to you live! Watch this space for details.

Join us on Thursday the 17th of April as we live blog a post-show conversation with the Writers, Annecy Lax and Hannah Davies, and Director, Lisa Spirling, of The Nine O’Clock Slot.

The Nine O’Clock Slot explores the rise of modern ‘paupers’ funerals’ in the UK. Based on real events, the production uses imaginative and immersive theatre to confront life in the face of death. The show runs until Saturday April 19th at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch.

Check back later for a review of the show.

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