“Many people want a different kind of funeral, but we still need to mourn. There is a way to have both.”
BBC's Crowd Science
“The ritual of burying the dead stretches back to the obscure beginnings of human history - and perhaps beyond, with archaeologists uncovering evidence of burials that pre-date our own species. But why do we bury our dead? How important is it, and how did the practice evolve? CrowdScience listener Moses from Uganda began pondering these questions after attending a close relative’s funeral.”
BBC Radio 4
“The funeral business has seen big changes over the last two decades which have been fuelled by contemporary attitudes to death and a demand for new ways of saying goodbye to our loved ones.
So, what do funeral directors think of the way in which their profession has evolved in recent years and how have they themselves been a part of that evolution?”
"From woodland burials to poetic eulogies, Louise Winter works with grieving families to help them plan memorable send offs."
The Demented Goddess
“My Grandad died when I was 26. That was my first experience of a funeral. I realised how stuffy and irrelevant the funeral profession was and decided to do something about it. I wanted the whole experience of a funeral to have depth, meaning, relevance and beauty.”
“One of the most powerful funerals I ever did was for a girl my age who went to bed and just never woke up,” Louise Winter, the funeral planner, is telling me.
"I was intrigued and thrilled that I could create my dream funeral with someone so artistic, progressive and knowledgeable"
"It's not just about the service, it's about thinking about which funeral directors you'd like to use, what's important to you, how much you want your family to spend. It makes you more aware of the options you have."
Louise Winter, editor of the Good Funeral Guide, recommends seeking out an independent undertaker, as they are often cheaper than the corporate giants, which typically offer opaquely-priced packages.
“Funeral directors have come to see it as their duty to protect the living from the dead.” Perhaps instead, we should be protecting our dead selves from funeral directors.
The Women's Institute
“Cake is so grounding and earthy, so of this realm. That’s why it’s good to have at funerals.”
The Long & Short
"We're all dying, just at different rates."
“I want to provide funerals that families can look back to and think ‘Wow, that was such a beautiful and special experience."
Broadly - Vice
After the session, one girl told me she was so scared of death she was having regular panic attacks, but she felt she could now move forwards and deal with it."
"You see, last year, as a (fortunately) healthy 33-year-old I arranged my funeral. Much to the surprise – or horror - of my friends and family."