Charles Cowling
Eagerly awaited by many in the death industry and its attendant commentators—the croaking classes?—was Richard Wilson’s Two Feet in the Grave on BBC last night. It marks an encouraging evolution in the media’s handling of death and dying away from fixations with wackiness—way out coffins, seriously outrageous funeral songs—to a
Charles Cowling
There are times when we feel acutely that the UK and the US are ‘two countries separated by a common language’. When our common language is voiced by the monstrous Republican right, the gulf looks unbridgeable. But where funerals are concerned we have much talk about and much to learn
Charles Cowling
I love it. Just in time to give those old baby boomers a final ride. It’s a 1989 Daimler DS420 with a Jag XK engine. It’s got all it needs inside except for a bloody good sound system. And it’s for sale. I’ve thought about it, I can tell you.
Charles Cowling
The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said I read those lines of Philip Larkin at the funeral of a 16 year old boy who’d died of cancer. They were just right for all sorts of reasons. It was May. Sam, a good artist, had a thing
Charles Cowling
Everyone’s got a book in them. Best place for it. Throw away the key, I say, you’ll embalm the illusion that way. Illusion? Almost certainly. You think you’ve got something precious and important to impart? You think there’s a lot of tosh coming off the presses, surely someone’ll print mine?
Charles Cowling
Beautifully written account of the death of an unloved one. Read it here.
Charles Cowling
Date: 12-14 June (choose your day or come to all three). Venue: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Event: National Funeral Exhibition. This trade show is a biennial shindig. Funeral directors fly in from all corners of the country to feast their eyes everything new in the world of funerals. Not that there
Charles Cowling
There are very few funeral directors in the UK with a web presence. Many of those who do fail to understand that the job of a website is twofold: first, to offer a relationship of warmth and trust; second, to proclaim capability and professionalism. A good many undertakerly websites simply
Charles Cowling
In the United States, Thomas Lynch, sage, poet, writer and undertaker, has been denounced by industry watchdogs the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) and the Funeral Ethics Organization (FEO). Both of these organisations exist to protect consumers, expose malpractice, shame shysters and explore ways in which funerals can be cheaper and
Charles Cowling
It’s a busy business, an undertaker’s, at this time of the year. Jan and Feb are the popular months to die, and why wouldn’t they be? Nature imparts no vitality. The spirit ebbs with the seeping daylight. In between the bagged bodies coming in and the boxed bodies going out