Making the case for open-air cremation

Charles Cowling


Rupert and Claire Callender, who run their business from Dartington Hall estate have been at the forefront of the alternative funeral movement since their decision to set up as undertakers and celebrants 12 years ago. For the Tagore Festival they talk about their support for the campaign to legalise outdoor funeral pyres, something they have dubbed natural cremation, a campaign started by Davinder Ghai of The Anglo-Asian Friendship Society. Perceived by the public to be an exclusively Hindu religious tradition, funeral pyres actually play a large part in European cultural history. Is it time for them to return?


Saturday 7 April
2pm, Ship Studio
Tickets £6 / Concessions £5 / Students & U16s £3.50
Limited capacity, please book in advance
Running time approx 1hr


Tagore Festival website here

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Jenny Uzzell
9 years ago

Yes, hope it goes brilliantly. Sorry its such a long way!

9 years ago

Best wishes for the session R&C, were I not at some distance, I’d be there.

9 years ago

Book me at least one place please, Ru and Claire, I’ll be in touch!