Charles Cowling
Channel 4’s Dispatches film Undercover Undertaker (Monday 25 June) has shocked viewers with its undercover revelations at Co-operative Funeralcare, the obvious and most deserving target of such treatment*.  The production line nature of the ‘hub’ depicted in the programme is the corollary of consolidation and rationalisation in the funeral industry.
Charles Cowling
We’ve got to be careful because we don’t want to be sued and the email we have just received says that “If you are not the intended recipient, any form of reproduction, dissemination, copying, disclosure, modification, distribution and/or publication or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance
Charles Cowling
  And so it goes on. A thermo-nuclear half hour?
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Vale   In Neil Gaiman’s great children’s book ‘The Graveyard Book,’ Bod, a little boy growing up amongst the dead, dances the ‘Macabray’. It is Gaiman’s own version of the Danse Macabre where, in this instance, the dead and the living dance together. In the audiobook
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Vale   The tradition for images of the Danse Macabre is of death alongside all of the different classes and stations in society. The message is clear – he is coming for us all.   Here is a  more recent version of the old tradition in
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale   I was reading the vision statement for the Dying Matters Coalition recently (as you do) and stubbed my toe on their ambition to address death, dying and bereavement in a way that: ’will involve a fundamental change in society in which dying, death and bereavement