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Two to the power of… Funeral Directing

Thursday, 1 March 2012


You remember Kathryn’s post here setting out the rules of the Two Things game? Here’s how it goes:

For every subject, there are only two things you really need to know.  Everything else is the application of these two things, or just not important. 


The Two Things about Arranging a Funeral

1. Do what needs to be done.
2. Do NOT do what doesn’t need to be done.

Ru Callender

1. The bereaved are free to arrange pretty much whatever they want for a funeral.
2. The bereaved are often too blasted by grief to know what they want.

Kathryn Edwards


Today’s challenge: 

The Two Things about Funeral Directing


Customary GFG cigar to the best entry. 


8 comments on “Two to the power of… Funeral Directing

  1. Jehdeiah

    Friday 2nd March 2012 at 12:05 pm

    1. Listen, guide, direct
    2. Direct, guide, listen

  2. Lyra Mollington

    Friday 2nd March 2012 at 8:36 am

    1)Guide like a kind shepherd
    2)The bereaved are not sheep

  3. sweetpea

    Friday 2nd March 2012 at 7:47 am

    1. Do as you would be done by.

    2. Remember they’re not you.

  4. Fran Hall

    Thursday 1st March 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Can’t improve on Ru’s succinct analysis, but here’s a supplementary offering:

    1. The one person who the funeral is all about won’t be there.

    2. The people who are there are what a funeral is all about.

  5. Kathryn Edwards

    Thursday 1st March 2012 at 4:25 pm

    1. Uniformed people induce compliance at a gathering.

    2. Numerous accessories can be made available.

  6. Thursday 1st March 2012 at 4:01 pm

    1. Funeral directors don’t actually direct the funeral ceremony
    2. Funeral directors have a lot of control over the funeral ceremony.

  7. Thursday 1st March 2012 at 3:26 pm

    1. Don’t let them down.

    2. Let them down. (pun alert)

  8. Thursday 1st March 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I have to say, I think Rupert’s suggestion pretty much has this one sewn up as well!

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