‘Preparing for our Last Wishes’ article in AHH Magazine

'Preparing for our Last Wishes' article in AAH Magazine

Following her recent Last Wishes Workshop, an article in AHH Magazine features Jean Francis, who explains how grieving families need not be restricted to expensive coffins, traditional church services and gleaming hearses. Read or download an Acrobat PDF version of the full article here.

Jean will host another Last Wishes Workshop in Horsham, West Sussex, on Saturday 16 November from 10.30am to 4pm. Booking is essential on 01403 273 754 or visit the Last Wishes Workshop page for more information here.

What other words or phrases do we use instead of saying the word ‘death or that someone has died?

Passed over
Slipped away
Curled up his toes
Popped off
Pegged it
Hit the sack
Moved on
Taken by the grim reaper
Gone away
Going on
Kicked the bucket
She went to sleep
Passed away
Pushing up the daisies
Gone to heaven
Shuffled off the mortal coil
Popped his clogs
Hit the sack
Gone into the next room
Gone away
 Crossed the threshold
Hung up his spurs
Passed to a higher dimension
Passed on
Brown bread
Snuffed it
Part your waggon
Arrived at heaven’s door
No longer with us
When his time came
Left us
With the angels
6 foot under
Lost him
Happy release
Dear departed
Gone to live with the angels
Heading for higher realms
 Passing the final test
Lying in state
The last goodbye
Eternal sleep
Moved on
Gone home
To live in the clouds
Gone to the light
 Snuffed it
Left his elemental body
Turned to dust
The end
Pegged it
Gone through the pearly gates
Passed over to the other side
Ceased to be
Climbing to the fjords
Gone to a better place
Ceased to exist
Passed the threshold
Taken his last gasp
Gone to meet his maker
Been called
Gone to live with God
No longer with us
Taken his last breath
The ultimate contribution
Passed on
Passed away
Resting in peace
Eternal rest
Slipped away
Lost her battle
Lost her life,
Gave up the ghost
Didn’t make it
Breathed her last
Went to be with the Lord,
Went to Heaven
Met his Maker
Was called home
In in a better place
He didn’t make it
At rest
We lost him
Gone into the blue yonder
Taken his final journey
The final curtain call
Please let me know if you are able to contribute more expressions of ‘death to this list.

Jean’s “Down to Earth” feature in GreenSpirit

GreenSpirit Winter 2016 (article featuring Jean Francis)

An article by OneSpirit minister Jean Francis, featured in the Winter edition of GreenSpirit magazine 2016, highlights the benefits of planning one’s funeral well in advance. It includes the moving case study of a man who planned his own funeral to reflect his love of Nature, Goddess spirituality and Native American culture. Read the full article here or click the images (Acrobat PDF format, 4MB).Green Spirit Winter Edition

My Funeral

In a major departure for this leading national journal, the latest Funeral Service Times is featuring Jean’s description of the funeral service she has planned for herself. (Click the image to read a larger version).

My funeral article

Remembering Moomin

By Jean Francis

Featured in the Autumn 2013 edition of  Farewell Magazine.

I wrote this article about the experience of family friends to share how comforting, beautiful and heart-warming a funeral ceremony can be. Then later I conducted my friend’s Memorial Service.

Moomin-01‘I just want the love to continue,’ Mary replied when asked if she had any special requests for her funeral.

Moomin-02Mary was affectionately known to her twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren as ‘Moomin.’ The day before Mary’s funeral, her grandchildren gathered and using photographs from family albums for inspiration they began to decorate her cardboard coffin. Continue reading

The Interview: Would you attend a Death Cafe?

JPCT 26-09-12 S12390047X Jean Francis is a newly ordained minister performing unique and specialised ceremonies in Horsham -photo by Steve CobbJean Francis is an ordained minister performing unique and specialised ceremonies in Horsham  – photo by Steve Cobb
Published on 22/03/2013 16:29 – in the West Sussex County Times

By Theo Cronin

As a young girl Jean Francis grew up with an all-consuming fear of death. She remembers weeping at the sight of dead flowers, and not keeping a pet for fear of it dying. But now she has embraced her own demise, is passionate about others facing the inevitable, and is even hosting a ‘Death Cafe’ at a specialist event this Saturday. Continue reading