Publications and links


SAIF is pleased to provide the following free publications for you to download:

Useful publications

  • “Headstones -advice & inspiration” – Written by Fergus Wessel, this beautiful book fills a void in the available advice for when someone wants to choose a headstone and doesn’t know where to begin. Every penny goes to Maggie’s Cancer charity in Oxford.
  • The Invisible Suitcase – from Child Bereavement UK – this animated short film is designed to help bereaved children and families to understand their grief and how to manage it. Based on The Invisible Suitcase by Ian Woodroffe, the film uses the metaphor of an invisible suitcase to show how we all carry our experiences and emotions through life. The film is useful for children and adults alike.
  • ‘Funerals your way’ – written by SAIF Member Sarah Jones, this book book gives information, suggestions and step-by-step guidance needed to create funerals that truly reflect the person who has died. Available from local bookstores or Amazon.


A Church near You – An online directory of churches in the church of England. The site includes a ‘Parish Finder’ facility, which allows a user to enter their postcode to find out which parish they live in.

Amporo – for support after suicde. Amporo is a local suicide postvention service in Kent and Medway, Cheshire and Merseyside, Coventry and Warwickshire, South Yorkshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Thames Valley,  and also supports the British Army.

Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust (The) – established in 2020 as a registered charity to increase education and improve consistency of treatment across the whole patient pathway.

Association of Independent Celebrants – The AOIC is a forward thinking association that places the individual at the heart of its innovative ceremonies.

At a Loss – this website helps bereaved people find the support they need.

Bereavement Services Portal– Information resource containing details of 900 Cemetery and Crematoria Operators and over 3,000 Cemeteries and Burial Grounds.

Bereavement Register – Can help reduce the amount of direct mail sent to a deceased person’s address, stopping painful daily reminders.

British Humanist Association – The British Humanist Association encompasses the Humanist Ceremonies network of trained and accredited Humanist celebrants throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Celebrants can be searched by location here.

British Institute of Funeral Directors – The professional body for funeral directors. Founded in 1982.

British Institute of Embalmers – The oldest professional body in funeral service offering training and qualification to embalmers.

Child Bereavement UK – Provides access to support and information when a child is grieving or a child dies.

Church of England Funerals – A useful guide to organising a funeral, going to a funeral and thinking ahead to your own funeral.

Civil Ceremonies Ltd – Provides celebrants to conduct ceremonies, offers training to become a professional celebrant and offers ceremony related items such as invitations and ceremony certificates.

Counselling Directory – The purpose of the site is to provide a huge counselling support network. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics.

County Celebrants Network – Provides information on celebrant services and training for celebrants.

Cruse – Cruse Bereavement Care exists to support people after the death of someone close.

Death Cafe

Dept of Work and Pensions(DWP) – Help with funeral payments for those on a low income.

Down to Earth – Worried about paying for a funeral? Run by Quaker Social Action, this organisation can guide people in financial need to plan affordable and meaningful funerals.  Contact them on 020 8983 5055.

Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates – for dealing with repatriations

Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities – The Trade Association for Local Authority owned crematoria and cemeteries in the UK.

Grief Chat – a way of connecting bereaved people directly to trained bereavement counsellors through a live chat programme, which can be hosted on ANY website from Professional Help

Grief Encounter: Child Bereavement Support – this organisation supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Their services are free, funded through the generosity of supporters.

Grief Journey – Bereavement counsellor Bill Webster provides a wonderful resource for people going through all stages of the grief process.

Guts UK – The charity for the digestive system

Help paying for a funeral – from the Money Advice Service

Help and Advice – when probate is required – Help & Advice is a website that has been created to provide free access to information on a range of topics.

ICCM – Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management

Listpals – this organisation has created an app which allows you to record your wishes relating to your end of life medical care and your funeral. The app is downloadable free of charge from Apple or Google stores and means your wishes can be made known to your loved ones.

Listening Ear – provides emotional and psychological therapies and support services for children, young people and adults, specialising in bereavement. – find a funeral director near you

Mesothelioma UK – supports people with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.

National Aids Trust – aims to transform the UK’s response to HIV.

National Association of Memorial Masons

National Federation of Cemetery Friends– Friends of Cemeteries, Trusts and cemetery managers interested in the future of our historic cemeteries offer advice and best practice on conservation etc.

Nelson’s Journey – support for bereaved children in Norfolk

NHS Organ Donor Register – Find out how you can make your wishes known.

Obituaries Help – a website which offers resources for obituaries and funerals

Penhaligon’s Friends – Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. The charity has established a Bereavement Network in Cornwall which includes participants from a range of related services and companies.

Safe from Scams – Every day, thousands of people are scammed. We give you the lowdown, to keep you and your money together.

SAIFInsure – Professional help for all your insurance requirements.

Sudden – helping those bereaved by deaths which happen unexpectedly and suddenly. They provide help from the first day, as well as information to all involved, including including funeral directors, GPs, hospital staff and schools on how to support people going through unexpected bereavement.

Support after Suicide Partnership – special interest group of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance which focuses on supporting those bereaved or affected by suicide.

Take our Hand – a Norfolk based charity which helps young people across England who are going through a bereavement.

The Ashes Register – this website records the date and location ashes were scattered. Enter the details of your loved ones or try searching to find loved ones.

The Association of Natural Burial Grounds – The association aims to assist people in the process of establishing sites and provide guidance to burial ground operators.

The Compassionate Friends – a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.

The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants – The FPC is a professional networking and support organisation for independent celebrants which sets standards for best practice and fosters professionalism in celebrancy.

The Institute of Civil Funerals -A professional body established to train, assess and qualify civil funeral celebrants. Members throughout the UK with guaranteed standards underpinned by a code of practice and a scheme of continuing professional development.

The Loss Foundation – The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the death of a loved one to cancer, whether that be your spouse, family member, friend or colleague.

The Memorial Code – The website memorial charity, much loved, has joined together with other leading organisations to create a set of underlying principles to be observed when offering an online memorial service to bereaved people in memory of loved ones who have died.

The Natural Death Centre – Support groups and help in coping with death.

Victim Support – Bereaved by Suicide Services. Their case workers offer emotional support, practical help and signposting to other services.

Virtual Dementia Tour – Find out about The Virtual Dementia Tour, a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction.

Way Foundation – Widowed & Young is a self-help group that offers emotional and practical support to young widowed men and women as they adjust to life after the death of their partner.

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