Confronted by the death of both her mother
and her brother in a six month period, Chantal Rickards
found herself baffled by the complexity of funerals,
memorial services, Wills, probate and Inheritance Tax.
The problems she faced were compounded by neither her
mother nor her brother leaving their family any instructions
or indication of their wishes.
Realising that she was not alone in facing this nightmare, Chantal came up with the idea of a web-site to assist other people in the same situation. The Lasting Post team then formed as a group of people with varied skills and experience who felt as strongly as Chantal that something needed to be done to help and over a period of time they developed the idea of Lasting Post in a range of directions.
Our vision at Lasting Post was to create a user friendly
but comprehensive system that would allow a person privately
to set down the instructions and wishes they wanted
in place in the event of their death. We realised that
this forward planning would not only give a person welcomed
peace of mind but, perhaps as importantly, would eventually
help lighten the burden on their family and friends.
As the concept of Lasting Post developed, we became
aware of how important a role our web-site could play
in helping people after the death of a loved one. We
believed that this help should take the form of practical
advice on matters such as the funeral, as well as providing
support for people in grief coming to terms with their
In this regard, we felt particularly strongly about
the importance of fostering and developing a community
of people who could provide this mutual support and
We also wanted to provide a way for people to celebrate
and remember the lives of their loved ones. This desire
to keep a loved one’s memory alive after their
death is fundamental and so important to all of us.
We have developed the concept of Everlasting Post accordingly.
We remain committed to continuing to develop Lasting
Post in new ways that will assist and benefit our users.
With this in mind, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
We are committed to helping people address the
difficult subject of death. The natural human reaction is
to ignore the subject as much as possible. This is understandable
and very normal.
We do, however, believe that a small amount of forward planning
by a person can help considerably their family and friends
after their death.
We also believe in the need for practical advice and support
for people after the death of a loved one. In this regard,
we think that the internet can be a power for good, particularly,
in providing support and encouragement at a time when people
really need it.
We understand that we cannot do more than alleviate slightly
the burden on a family as they try to cope after a loved
one’s death. If we manage in one way or another to
help them a little, then we will have achieved something