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  Monday, November 27 I got up very early, and just before nine o’clock Caroline was brought back by the funeral director and she lay on a trestle in the front room, with lots of flowers. She lay there until half-past twelve: over three and a half hours. All the
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Mood lighting: the death of Mimi in the opera La Boheme Undertakers put a great deal of effort into making people who have died look good for when family members come to see them. There is, they feel, great therapeutic value in the experience of visiting someone who’s died, especially
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I sit and wait Does an angel contemplate my fate? R Williams Do you believe in angels? According to research by the think tank Theos in 2012, around a quarter of the population do. If you’ve not seen the Theos report, do have a look: it’s a fascinating survey of
Charles Cowling
Poppy’s Funerals is an award-winning, ambitious, young company – with a mission to revolutionise the funeral industry one funeral at a time. Would you like to join us? Great. Because we’re recruiting. We’re hugely proud of the fact we do not look, sound or act like traditional funeral directors – so it’s
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lap·i·dar·y—adjective: characterized by an exactitude and extreme refinement that suggests gem cutting: a lapidary style; lapidary verse. Of, pertaining to, or suggestive of inscriptions on stone monuments. And what about the epitaph above? (Click it to make it bigger.) They knew how to tell it in them days.    Birmingham cathedral
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  Posted by Richard Rawlinson The only dummy I’ve ever seen in an undertaker’s shop window is the reflection of myself staring back at me. I recently unleashed my inner window dresser, and suggested grabbing the attention of passers-by with moving installations: screens behind displays, with visuals chosen to complement the
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  Caroline Goyder is a voice coach at the Central School of Speech and Drama. At the Good Funeral Awards weekend 2013 Caroline spoke to funeral celebrants and earned rave reviews. She’s got a new book out, Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority. There is an attractive launch offer. In Caroline’s words: 
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    Celebrant and guest blogger Wendy Coulton visits a Death Cafe Curiosity and a genuine interest in the concept prompted me to drive a five hour round trip on a wet Sunday to attend a Death Café in Bristol. The setting was the basement of an informal vintage styled
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  The Good Funeral Awards have moved. Up, of course, several notches, as the prestige of this event grows. And upcountry, too, to Bournville. Bournville is a suburb of Birmingham. It’s where they make the chocs. It’s in the middle of England, easily accessible by road, rail or canal to
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  The Times has reported Dignity plc’s results here(£). Briefly: Pre-tax profits are up 15 per cent to £52.9 million. Prepaid funerals contributed £6.7 million of this. The bonus pool is £2.5 million and all fulltime staff have been given ‘a payout equivalent to’ £1000. Final shareholder dividend of 11.83p a