MyWishes - Event Dying Matters Awareness Week

Free Webinar: How to plan for death without leaving the sofa

Most people have not stated what they would like to happen should they die unexpectedly or lose capacity to look after themselves. This ultimately means that most people have not made plans for their possessions, estate and their loved ones. It is…


COVID funeral planning

How COVID-19 is changing funerals

An overview of funerals before the COVID-19 age The funeral sector has seen a number of changes over the last 10 years. It is now commonplace for celebrants to conduct funerals and for people to opt for a celebration of their life rather than a…


Tutorial: How to arrange and video stream a funeral on Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction When someone dies from the Coronavirus (or anything else) funerals in the traditional sense cannot currently take place. Social distancing guidelines only allow for a small number of immediate friends and family to attend the ceremony.…


Video message

Leaving a "Goodbye" Video message using MyWishes

Overview More and more people are filming videos of themselves to be shown after their death. These can be hugely powerful ways to both say” goodbye” and leave a lasting video legacy. DeadSocial’s free ‘goodbye’ tool…


stages of grief

Dealing with Grief in today's World

Foreword “Just as death is a certainty, so too is grief. It is a universally shared experience and yet totally unique to each individual. Asking for and finding the right support for each person can be challenging. But it is available”……


social media will

Digital Legacy Checklist

Overview The actions we take, the way we behave and the choices we make in life help to shape the legacy we leave behind in death. These actions are increasingly being carried out and overtly spoken about online. By thinking about our digital…


My Funeral Wishes document

How to find someone's 'My Funeral Wishes' document

This guide will first help you to understand what different formats ‘My Funeral Wishes’ documents can be saved as. It will then provide advice as to how to find someone’s document if you think they had stated their funeral wishes…


My Funeral Playlist

How to create and share your funeral playlist on MyWishes

What is a funeral playlist A funeral playlist is a collection of songs and poems that someone would like to be played, sung or spoken at someone’s funeral. Why should I create a funeral playlist? If music is an important part of your life you may…


Bucket list App

How to create a Bucket List on MyWishes

Overview A bucket list is a list of items someone would like to do or achieve before they die. The phrase originates from the term “kicked the bucket”. Creating a Bucket List No matter our age, financial or health circumstances we can…


MyWishes Privacy

How to make your public MyWishes profile, private!

The documents created on MyWishes are private. Once completed they can be downloaded and shared with those you trust within your friendship group, with family members of professionals (for example your doctor, a solicitor or your appointed funeral…


Bespoke funeral

How to arrange a funeral

“It takes a few minutes to plan out a funeral. You’ll want to do what the person who has died wanted. And, together with those closest to the person who has died, you will also want to do what you feel you need to do”. – Charles…


Why you need a Social Media Will (sometimes called a Digital Will)

“People should leave clear instructions about what should happen to their social media, computer games and other online accounts after their death, according to the law society “– The Law Society (UK) “If you have social media profiles…


What is an Advance Care Plan

Why you should have an Advance Care Plan

What is an Advance Care Plan Advance care plans are a set of directions and preferences concerning someone’s future care. They are often documented whilst someone is healthy and only take effect if they lose capacity of their body or mind.  …


Why you should have a Last Will & Testament

“A Will should cover all of your assets be they valuable or not so valuable. And remember it is often the possessions that have little or no monetary value can cause conflict when a loved one dies. It is therefore paramount that all our…


How to make your Last Will & Testament legally binding in the UK

To make your Last Will & Testament legally binding in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales you will need to have the document signed by yourself and witnessed by two people over the age of 18. The witnesses cannot be beneficiaries of…


Wendy

What is a celebrant?

What is a Celebrant?We recently spoke about end of life planning and MyWishes at the annual Celebrants Convention. Whilst there we caught up with Wendy Coulton a fully qualified Civil…


Lawrence Darani

How to create an ethical will

What is an ethical will?   “Unlike a ‘last will and testament’ disposing of one’s estate or an advanced directive for health care decisions, an ethical will is not legally binding. Rather, a good ethical will transmits values, life lessons,…