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Pic source    In Namibia, Michael M Liswaniso, writing for AllAfrica.com, deplores the new custom of spraying air freshener at funerals.  I will start by saying: Eish no please, enough is enough! It is partly inhumane and implies that our loved ones smell when we use air fresheners moments before
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  Public health, council or (a new term to us) public funerals are on the rise in Burnley Lancashire, a once-thriving mill town from which manufacturing has ebbed, leaving a generally impecunious population — but a halfway decent football team. A report in the Lancashire Telegraph tells us: In 2007
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A Funeral in Spring from Peter Ran on Vimeo.
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  Andy Clarke and his partner, artist Holly Bridgestock-Perris, have sold their first, innovative Curve coffin. Andy’s new concept was inspired by a “desire was to make a softer curved product, that moved away from the angular harshness of the traditional shape that’s been with us for hundreds of years, and
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  We stood and whooped and hollered here at the GFG-Batesville Shard when we opened this email from Darren Abey:  Hi Charles Only Fools and Hearses have just carried out our first funeral in Berkshire. The family loved the send off , they said it was priceless and would never forget
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  Lynne Watson, a celebrant, has brought to our attention a powerful and poignant article in the Daily Mail. Thank you, Lynne.  It’s about a doctor, Kate Granger, who is 29 and dying of cancer, has said no to any more chemotherapy. Here are some extracts to give you a taste: 
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All that Remains from Steve Burns on Vimeo. An interesting survey of the US funeral scene in 2009 if you’ve got 25 mins to spare. Features among others Holly Stevens at a convention of home funeralists and Mark Harris, whose book Grave Matters is well worth reading. 
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    Posted by Richard Rawlinson   There was a time when the skull and crossbones symbolised ‘Danger’ when displayed on poisonous products or worn on the clothes of Punks, Goths, Hell’s Angels, pirates and SS soldiers. For some years now, it’s been a ubiquitous part of mainstream fashion, found on
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  Posted by Tim Clark   Threnody is a group of people mostly drawn from the ranks of Bangor Community Choir. We are ready to sing at funerals in places that don’t normally have choral singing, particularly at crematoria. Charles has already been kind enough to feature us here, and I
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  Posted by Kristie West   The following is a transcript of the talk Kristie delivered at the Joy of Death convention, 2012. Kristie works with bereaved people. You can find her website here.    “The Joy of Death” festival.  What is that?  Is it just a lovely quirky name for