About us

Last Wishes – Live Your Legacy Ltd is a social business raising profits to go back into the community.

Our projects strive to educate and support, and to create and promote opportunities for life-changing conversations and awareness around end-of-life.

We provide essential tools to enable you to thrive by sharing relevant and up-to-date information and experiences to show you how people around the globe are engaging with their last wishes and living their legacy.

Here, our founding team share their stories of how and why they are so passionate about Last Wishes.

Mission

We are on a mission to educate, inspire and empower you to make your last wishes and live your legacy.

Our aim is to dispel assumptions and shame around death and dying and to educate people about the options available to them in relation to end-of-life planning and creating an earth-friendly funeral.

We hope to put an end to the fear surrounding death/departure, thus promoting wellbeing and peace of mind.

Finally, as we offer increased support for the community as a whole, we are creating a greater awareness of ethical funeral directors, funeral celebrants and related services. To ease people’s suffering around such sensitive times of life.

Vision

Our vision is to create support networks and programmes that will inspire people to live happy and die happy, to honour grief, and empower them to make end-of-life choices and to live their legacy.

Dawn - Director of Communications

I am sitting by the grave of my mum and dad with tree blossoms tumbling from the skies.

The blossoms dancing in the wind making me reflect on my life and I feel so blessed to have lived the enriched life I have enjoyed so far.

For more than 30 years I have been an owner of multiple award-winning successful businesses that have bought me great material wealth. But the focus on wealth crucified my inner joy...

So, over the past 10 years I have been discovering and using tools and techniques to get me from business burn out and wasting fortunes to finding fun, freedom and fulfilment. I am offering the tools and techniques I discovered in motivational talks and workshops...

Nicole - Managing Director

I grew up in Australia and after 15 years in the UK, I have recently returned to the wide spaces and endless skies.

A few years before leaving Australia on my round-the-world adventure, my father died after 6 months of fighting cancer. He was strong in body and mind, and he was determined to fight this illness, until the final few days when he surrendered and said goodbye to us.

Our family created a very memorable celebration of his life; we sang around his coffin at the funeral, just like we had in the hospital for the weeks and months he was ill; I hung the positive affirmation posters that had brightened his stark hospital walls on fabric for all to see at his wake. Little did I know that years later these experiences would form the cornerstone of my future work...

Amanda - Director of Education

I am the founder of Ancient & Sacred Trees, with over 50,000 members and rising. Its’ ethos is PositiviTree for CommuniTree celebrating peoples ancient and sacred connections with trees. AST is an eco-activist, mental health and wellbeing group aiming to rewild humans, campaigning for cultural change, protecting and planting trees. The passion members have for the natural world has really inspired me so much and gives me hope for the future of our planet. AST is now a Community Interest Company.

I am passionate about ecology, wellbeing and social justice. I am a qualified teacher and have a BA Hons and PGCE in Art, as well as being a therapeutic arts coach, writer, historian, storyteller, blessing giver, sound healer, forest guide and tree temple keeper. The happiness and wellbeing of people and the planet have informed my career for nearly thirty years...

Jean - Chairwoman & Creative Director

Having arrived into this world in 1939, two months before World War II began, I can remember ration books and gas masks! As a very sensitive child I cried bitterly when flowers in a vase died, not to mention the anguish of losing my darling Dad. The war years were lean, if we didn’t have it, my Dad would make it, he was a master of ‘make do and mend'.

I grew up with my brother and sister in the countryside, and our greatest treat was to go for walks with our Dad. He taught us the names of the wild flowers, butterflies, birds and trees, instilling in me a deep love and respect for nature that would stay with me always. It now gives me great pleasure to share this knowledge with my three grandchildren...

Jo - Director of Standards

My name is Jo Nicoles and I operate Three Shires Independent Funeral Services based in Congleton Cheshire.

My father died when I was just 10 years old and my mother followed when I was only 29. Through seeing their funeral services first-hand, I felt there was something missing. It made me think I wanted to do it differently, do it better. That was in 2004 and it made me determined that I could and should choose this as my career path.

A friend’s father was a funeral director and I asked him for help. He gave me some work experience which I then used to get work with larger funeral homes. After 14 years of this... in 2018 I set up my own business and have taken pride in giving people the send-off they deserve, whilst offering the families the facilities, service, and value they need...