Charles Cowling
  Little Jimmy’s gone Way out of the backstreet Out of the window Through the fallin’ rain Right on time Right on time That’s why Broken Arrow Waved his finger down the road so dark and narrow In the evenin’ Just before the Sunday six-bells chime, six-bells chime And all
Charles Cowling
  You remember Neil Brunton? He’s the singer-songwriting-undertaker you voted for a while back in that Radio 2 competition. Let us refresh your memory here.  Well, partly thanks to you he’s made it to the final. Here’s the story (abridged): Neil Brunton has reached the final stages of a national
Charles Cowling
  With a Festival Day Pass for Saturday 28 January or Sunday 29 January, muse upon mortality, tackle the taboo and join us for a weekend of discussion, workshops and talks. Ask questions, share your stories or simply be enlightened about the end.   Including: –  Assisted dying: The Human Rights
Charles Cowling
  Ozzy Osborne is an agony uncle at the Sunday Times. Here’s a recent interaction:  Dear Dr Ozzy, is it bad form to shop for your own coffin? (I ask this as a cancer patient with very particular tastes.) Anonymous  Ozzy replies: It ain’t bad form, but there’s gotta be
Charles Cowling
  Paul Sinclair, he who begat Motorcycle Funerals, has a bicycle hearse for sale.  It’s made to his own design, and it’s been thoroughly tested. Says Paul, “We put a coffin on it and 30 stones of sandbags then rode it with two, me being pillion. It went fine.” Paul warns:
Charles Cowling
  When the GFG went to the London Funeral Exhibition last summer at Epping Woodland Burial Park we met Angie Whitaker, who works at a sister burial ground, Chiltern.  Her husband is buried in the woods there. Angie gave a talk to visitors about her experience of natural burial. I
Charles Cowling
  A very big up to Saint and Forster Funeral Services, who have just gone public and transparent with their prices. From us, a big ask to all funeral directors to follow suit. Saint and Forster prices here. Saint and Forster here. 
Charles Cowling
  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. 
Charles Cowling
  In a comment stream following a provocative post by someone or another, probably Richard, our religious correspondent, I suggested that because death generates chaotic feelings, many of which seek to vent themselves in disorderly behaviour, funerals ought to accommodate this. Our brilliant and erudite new commenter, Jenny Uzzell, reckons