Today, Thursday 1 November, is the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). It's a day of remembrance for the dead, celebrated all around the world, but particularly in Mexico.
Far from being a sombre occasion, the festival is a celebration of the lives of loved ones who have died and families gather at cemeteries for picnics of skull-shaped sweets and bread.
This year, the Day of the Dead is even being celebrated in the UK with a special event in London to promote open discussion about dying. The Day of the Dead conference is being organised by the Dying Matters Coalition, which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards dying, death and bereavement.
We fully support this more open approach to thinking about death, and our book, Where There's a Will, by Michael Kerrigan, guides you with a refreshing lightness of touch through all the emotional, financial, legal and practical issues you need to consider. With a combination of constructive tips and and thoughtful reflections on death, this book throws light on subjects that all too often remain taboo.