Saying goodbye

It's difficult to say goodbye, especially when someone close to you dies. But good can come out of grief - here are some ideas to help people mourn and which can also benefit our planet.


How can you grieve positively? Deena Omar explains why she joined Friends of the Earth.

My partner's brother, Mark, was a peace-loving man who supported Friends of the Earth. After he died, his family requested that rather than flowers at the funeral - donations be made to Friends of the Earth.

I became a member not only to honour Mark's memory - but because I also believe in what Friends of the Earth stands for. Any contributions I make are particularly meaningful as they are associated with Mark.

Read Legacy - a beautiful poem about harmony and remembrance, by Patrick Creamer.

Tribute giving

To help celebrate the life of someone who cared deeply about the planet - Friends of the Earth has launched a new in-memory scheme.

By setting up a Tribute Fund in their name you can remember their life whilst protecting our planet and environment for future generations.

We set up the Fund on your behalf and you grow it in any way you choose. The scheme includes:

  • Thanking and updating contributors to the fund, and
  • Producing resources to tell your friends and family about the Fund.

For more information please contact us by phone or mail.

Green funerals

If you want an environmentally-friendly funeral tell your family or write a will. For practical advice on everything from eco-friendly coffins to woodland burials, contact the Natural Death Centre.

Helpful books

Read chapter 12 "From birth to death" in Save cash and save the planet (Friends of the Earth/Collins).

The Natural death handbook, Josefine Speyer and Stephanie Wienrich (Rider & Co). Available from the Natural Death Centre.

Before I say goodbye, Ruth Picardie (Penguin Books, £6.99)