Self & Society Magazine Article

Martin Hawes went along to one of Christianne’s workshops Together with 24 individuals I have just been on a journey towards some dark thing I’ve always feared: my death. Death is a frightening thing: you cannot “know” death and I was hoping...

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Opening Up To Life

Death is the only certain event that each of us will have to face at some point in our life, yet most of us give little thought to this prospect until it threatens either ourselves or a loved one. Paradoxically death is also the one event in our life that we know so...

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Time Waits for No-One

In believing we have all the time in the world, we may postpone many of the things we want to do in our life, and be left with a feeling of incompleteness and dissatisfaction with our life. Time and time again we have found when people accept their death they are able...

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Turning Points

Death is a hard thing to think about at all, let alone thinking about our own mortality in detail. Yet, I find that when people take some time out to consider what death means to them, they leave feeling a new sense of liberation and exhilaration. Diane’s Story...

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A DIY Funeral

I found planning my mother’s funeral an education, a bonding experience with my four siblings and therapeutic exercise for myself. Organising the event ourselves seemed the easiest way of getting what we wanted. I wanted this to be memorable and supportive. Our...

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A Few Notes on Designing Your Own Funeral

It’s a great relief to loved ones when we provide instructions for our funeral with our will. And we all know this is not an easy thing to think about, so to give you some ideas,┬áhere are some notes I’ve made for my own funeral: Brother to be the master of...

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DIY Funerals as Therapy

Recently a man told me how great a privilege he felt it was to have carried out his daughter’s wishes for her own funeral. She had left clear instructions and fulfilling her directions gave him an aim at this traumatic time and a great sense of satisfaction in...

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