With regard to coping with bereavement, we appreciate that this is a very personal and individual experience but we have been impressed by the advice, guidance and information provided by Counselling Directory, so you may well find their web site of assistance to you if you have been recently bereaved.
Additionally, we often get queries about choosing a headstone and, whilst we try our best to answer individual questions, we don't always have the answer. However, we have been contacted by Mr John Jenkins, who has set up a website to help people with their queries after experiencing problems sourcing a headstone for a member of his family. Check it out here.
Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery are members of The Conservation Volunteers, a charitable organisation set up in 1959 which has a successful history of environmental volunteering throughout the UK. Their vision is a better environment where people are valued, included and involved in creating a more sustainable future by inspiring people and improving places.
The National Federation of Cemetery Friends, of which the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery is a member, was established in 1986 and is both a nationally and internationally renowned organisation concerned with the conservation and protection of all aspects of heritage, history and wildlife in our cemeteries.
We are also a member of the Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, which supports voluntary organisations such as ours by providing a range of services and advice. Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery are indebted to them for their help and support, particularly in relation to the development of our constitution.
Shoot the North is a local organisation run by Neil Atkinson and David Lane, who are two of the regions most experienced photographers. They organise photography workshops where, amongst other skills, you will discover how to find and shoot amazing hidden landscape images 'right under your nose'. Some of these workshops take place in Jesmond Old Cemetery and, as well as applying for their workshops on their web site, you can also view some of their fantastic images of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Well worth a look.
Cassandra Brown, one of our friends on Twitter, sent us a link to some of her pictures of Jesmond Old Cemetery and we think there are some fantastic shots in there. Thank you for the link!
The Cemetery Research Group was established at the University of York in 1990 and its principal aim is to expand an understanding of current and past burial culture in the modern period in the UK, by studying the ways in which social, emotional and religious concerns have interacted with economic and political imperatives to frame burial practice.
Business in the Community is a unique movement of over 800 of the UK's top companies committed to improving their positive impact on society. Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery have worked closely with the organisation locally in arranging an event where employees of Ward Hadaway have helped clear parts of the Cemetery.
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