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Dogs mourn the loss of their owners
September 8, 2016

Last week an image surfaced from the earthquake disaster in Italy, of a loyal blonde cocker spaniel called Flash, lying by the casket of his master. The touching image gives us an insight into the instinctive and natural need to mourn, and leaves us questioning whether we could learn something from our beloved pets. The […]

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The loss of celebrities in 2016
August 26, 2016

2016 has been a year of remembrance and life celebrations for a large number of celebrities, actors, comedians and musicians; we want to remember these well-known figures that are no longer with us. Though this year it seems as if there has been an increase in celebrities dying, and the rate we hear about it. […]

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Plan Your Own Funeral
August 12, 2016

Making plans for your funeral isn’t something we necessarily want to think about and we try not to think about. But as the years go by and we realize that we aren’t, after all, going to be the first person in history to duck under the radar of the Grim Reaper, it feels more and […]

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The Armed Forces Covenant
June 23, 2016

The government published the Armed Forces Covenant in 2011 setting out the relationship between the nation, the armed forces and the government the same year Croydon became the first London borough to sign a Community Covenant. It was signed as a pledge of commitment to the local Armed Forces population – those in service, Reservists, […]

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Jo Cox
June 17, 2016

The Rowland Family and staff members would like to offer our sincere condolences to Jo Cox’s family, friends and all affected following her tragic murder in the streets of her constituency. She was greatly respected and admired by all who knew and worked with her, she will be sorely missed.

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Comfort Dogs – and Bereavement

The horrendous shootings in Orlando that recently killing 49 and injuring 53 innocent people was responded with the dispatch of over 15 ‘comfort dogs’ trained to provide affection and comfort to people in disaster areas, hospices, nursing homes etc. Research has shown that using animals in bereavement counselling encourages the grief process, with findings that […]

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The Legendary Mohammad Ali
June 7, 2016

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, has died at the age of 74. The three-time world heavyweight champion – died on 4th June 2016 at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona after suffering for many years of Parkinson’s disease complicated by a respiratory illness. His funeral plans began many years ago and were documented in exacting detail in […]

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Social Media after death?
June 2, 2016

Learning that someone you loved has passed on is painful but what do you do when you learn this information through social media? How do you react when you’re scrolling through your feed only to discover that death has taken someone you knew or loved? Realising you have lost someone you knew, finds you questioning […]

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Croydon hosts bereavement awareness events
May 24, 2016

The Croydon family firm of funeral directors Rowland Brothers marked this week’s national Dying Matters Awareness Week with two full-day seminars at the town’s Jurys Inn Hotel and a day-long exhibition in the Fairfield Halls Sun Lounge, titled The Big Conversation Life Planning Event. Both seminars attracted large audiences of social workers, care workers, police […]

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