A quirky yet practical blog that explores the inevitable.

By learning more about death, our mortality, and ways to say goodbye, the inevitable becomes less confronting. Written by Australian journalist Lisa Herbert, this blog aims to reveal interesting, informative, and sometimes fascinating facts and thoughts about end-of-life planning. 

So put on some comfy shoes as we explore cemeteries, the world of funerals, and death and dying.

The Bottom Drawer Book blogs: Contents page

Some of these blogs took weeks of research. The more we learn about death and its rituals, the more comfortable we become with them and our own mortality. I hope these blogs are helpful as you come to terms with your finite existence.

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Vatican softens the rules on ashes

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗸𝗲𝗽𝘁.

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The Wishing Well: mourners’ memories

As people arrived at Amanda’s “Celebration of Life service”, they were given an inscribed pen and a coloured piece of paper. People were asked to write a couple of words to describe Amanda. It was a ‘resounding success!’

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