The FCA has created online forums to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas and experiences among funeral consumers. Note that you must be a registered user of the site in order to post to the forum threads. To register, visit our home page and click "create an account" on the lower left-hand corner. There's also a Help section in the forums you can click on below.
For those who want a more detailed discussion with funeral consumer advocates and concerned industry people, try our email-based discussion list. To join the list, email: email@example.com. NOTE! - you must put the word gazelle in the subject line (this cuts down on spam-bots trying to join the list).
The Natural Death Centre's newsletter, NEWS & VIEWS – Autumn/Winter 2004/5, complements 'The Natural Death Handbook' with news and articles. It features: Advance Directives and the Mental Capacity Bill, making a Will, the grave reuse debate, time for crematoria to come clean, book reviews, letters, obituaries, events, and more. A 16-page newsletter now only available as a PDF (£1). Order online by secure credit card order.DO NOT GO GENTLE, edited by Neil Astley, is a collection of poems for funerals, suitable for all faiths and religions. This book includes classic verses of grief and consolation by Donne, Rossetti, Bronte, and Dickinson, but also poems by Rumi, Mary Oliver, Auden, Larkin and Carlos Williams.Whether you are looking for readings and poems, or just for words of consolation, this book will prove a godsend, and an excellent companion through difficult times
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In medicine, death by natural causes is a loosely-defined term used by coroners describing death when the cause of death was a naturally occurring disease process, or was not apparent given medical history or circumstances. (It may also be described as death by "multiple organ failure".) Thus, deaths caused by active human intervention (as opposed to the failure of medical intervention to prevent death) are excluded from this definition, and are described as unnatural deaths.
Note that "old age" is not a scientifically recognized cause of death; there is always a more proximal cause, such as cancer, heart disease, or liver failure (though the precise cause may be unknown in a particular case, and it could be one of a number of aging-associated diseases).