The brain has a shield which insulates it from thoughts of death.
If even doctors can’t talk about death, it’s hardly surprising that the rest of us ignore it too.
Early humans built houses for their dead before they built houses for themselves.
It took thousands of years before we replaced ‘earth to earth’ with ‘ashes to ashes’. Now it’s time for ‘soil to soil’.
A good life should end with a good death.
We live many lives, and for most of us, we increasingly live online: not just through social media, but for our banking and utilities as well. Thankfully there are now quite a few useful guides available, and while you can read them online, what they will all tell you is that you need to create an … Continue Reading
Can you imagine attending your own funeral? The old joke is that it’s the best party you’ll never go to, but that may no longer be true.Last year, in his Channel 4 series Grayson Perry helped to create a ‘living funeral’ for Roch, a man who’d been living with Motor Neurone disease, and it was … Continue Reading
I’ve long been a fan of Grayson Perry. Not just of his work as a potter which is as subversive as it is beautiful, but also of his clear-eyed attempts to understand and explain the human condition. He’s a gifted communicator, whose easy directness allows him to connect with people from all cultures and walks of life, and … Continue Reading
I know it sounds odd, but it’s not often I’m asked to conduct a funeral for a humanist. Lots of people want a humanist ceremony, but what they really want is, “something that’s not religious where we can talk about the person that we love”. We did that for Leslie too: his son Ian delivered a … Continue Reading
It sounds like a lot of fun! Read the full piece here: it’s very well written, by Hayley Campbell of Buzzfeed