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Absentee of the day

Thursday, 19 January 2012


In death she left her body to science, thereby avoiding a funeral from which she would have wanted, her family knew from experience, to exclude so many enemies.


From Janey Buchan’s obituary, here

One comment on “Absentee of the day

  1. Thursday 19th January 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Just discovered that The Hitch did the same, in a way. His brother says:

    “Some people have asked me when and where my brother’s funeral took place. In fact, as Christopher donated his body to medical science, there has not been and will not be any funeral. He took this decision partly because of his religious (or rather non-religious) opinions, and partly because, much influenced by his friend Jessica Mitford and her book ‘The American Way of Death’, he disliked what he regarded as the excesses of the American funeral industry.”

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