In the Presence of Death

How to Create DIY Funerals & Bespoke Ceremonies

People laying hands on a woman's body, who is holding a yellow rose.What is a DIY or ‘Family’ funeral? Why would this be appealing and how would that work in your family or with someone you know?

Join us for this fascinating talk about caring for your own after death.

Home Funeral Guides and Funeral Celebrants Donna Belk and Kateyanne Unullisi, both from the States, show how to weave together the practical, the emotional, and the spiritual elements when someone dies.

Funeral Director Poppy Mardall describes her simple, affordable approach and dedication to choices for funeral services in the London area.

Together, they – and you – gather to connect with one another to share ideas and ways of being and doing death and dying, including how to use ceremony to deepen the connection and meaning of the experience. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Please plan to bring your own lunch. We will have light snacks, coffee, tea, and water available.


Saturday February 20

10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Poppy Mardall, Funeral Director

Kateyanne Unullisi, Home Funeral Guide, Funeral Celebrant, Author

Donna Belk, Home Funeral Guide, Celebrant, Author, Instructor


Poppy’s Funerals

The Gatehouse, Lambeth Cemetery, Blackshaw Road

London, SW17 0BY




Email: [email protected]

Call: Poppy’s Funerals @ 020 3589 4726

Donna BelkDonna Belk is co-author of Home Funeral Ceremonies, offers the Beyond Hospice online training course for home funeral and death and dying guides, and is a founding member and currently serves on the board for the National Home Funeral Alliance. She lives in Austin, Texas.



Kateyanne UnullisiKateyanne Unullisi is co-author of Home Funeral Ceremonies, a home funeral guide, funeral celebrant, and currently serves on the board for the National Home Funeral Alliance. She lives in Seattle, Washington.



Poppy MardallPoppy Mardall founded Poppy’s Funerals because she wanted to help people take creative control of their funerals. She feels strongly that everyone deserves a ‘good’ funeral. It should be a funeral that reflects the person who has died. A funeral to be proud of.