When you say my child’s name you are not reminding me that they died. You are reminding me that they lived, and that is the greatest gift.
We wouldn’t allow animals to go through this
We can perhaps imagine what it is to prepare for our own death. What we cannot begin to imagine is what it is like to watch someone we love dying, slowly and painfully, in front of our eyes.
The way Bowie left his life was as imaginative as the way he lived it.
Say it with flowers
Planting a tree affirms our belief that love will live on, and that life comes out of death.
The British Way of Death
The funeral is one of life’s most important rituals. It’s also the one most resistant to change.
We live in a death-phobic culture
The brain has a shield which insulates it from thoughts of death.
A funeral is the ultimate distress purchase
If even doctors can’t talk about death, it’s hardly surprising that the rest of us ignore it too.
Where do you expect to be buried?
Early humans built houses for their dead before they built houses for themselves.
Bring Up The Bodies
Our ‘end of life choices’ are pretty limited. Most of us will be cremated; some will be buried, but every year a select few choose to be buried at sea.
A Lie About Humanity
Most of the ceremonies I conduct are for people who have done “little of note”. Often they’re the most moving of all.