Charles Cowling
  Excitement is building around the GFG Funeral Industry Awards – the first ever held for the Dismal Trade. There’s been a lot of press interest and, so far, stories in Metro and the BBC website. Sky are interested in featuring the event as part of a feelgood series about
Charles Cowling
  Celebrant Kim Farley wants this, too, at hers.   The morning that I get to hell The devil will take me up in his ferris wheel Show me all the scenes below tapping a tick tack tack on his black high heel With all his pretty ones Dancing in
Charles Cowling
  A theme that we like to explore on this blog is the way in which longevity has reconfigured the landscape of dying. The blessing of long life has its downside: protracted decline. We are likely to linger longer, much longer, than our forebears. There’s a physical cost in chronic
Charles Cowling
  A little over a week ago we glanced at a growing furore in Sussex over a proposed new crematorium. Here’s the latest news from the front line: More than once West Grinstead residents were told to ‘be civil’ as they grasped with open arms an opportunity to voice their
Charles Cowling
    Professor Kathy Black peppers each startled student enrolled in her University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee class with a single question on the first day: “How old will you be when you die, and what are you going to die of?” Halfway through the course, shaking them up again,