What Funerary Arrangements Would You Want?

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Re: What Funerary Arrangements Would You Want?

Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:32 pm

While on the subject of the "Deceased" ----

My Grandfather -- WO1 RSM Edward Evans DCM, Royal Horse Artillery,(A pretty frightening character !)
died in his bed, during the night, at 64.

His Wife (Nee Sarah Alice O'Neill 4ft 10 Inches) waited until the morning, to visit her neighbour, to announce his death.

"Were you not afraid ? " asked the neighbour-------

Her reply, has been viewed, by the Family as evidence of a great Marriage ------ "I wasn't frightened of him, when he was alive -- why should I be frifgtened of him when he is dead ?"
I treasure it ! :)

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Post by ailurophile » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:40 pm

I was reminded of this thread today, when I spotted a book entitled "How to Have a Good Death" in Poundland (often a source of unexpectedly good literary bargains!).

I briefly considered buying this book for my 83 year old mum, but somehow I couldn't quite picture any circumstances in which it might make a welcome gift... perhaps it's the sort of title you really need to buy for yourself! So if anyone is looking for ideas and advice on funerary arrangements, check out your local Poundland!

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Post by J.R. » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:38 pm

ailurophile wrote:I was reminded of this thread today, when I spotted a book entitled "How to Have a Good Death" in Poundland (often a source of unexpectedly good literary bargains!).

I briefly considered buying this book for my 83 year old mum, but somehow I couldn't quite picture any circumstances in which it might make a welcome gift... perhaps it's the sort of title you really need to buy for yourself! So if anyone is looking for ideas and advice on funerary arrangements, check out your local Poundland!

I'll be in mine in Horsham one day next week !
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Post by sejintenej » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:33 pm

A certain "gentleman" I know moved to the Peak District and more particularly next to the village church and opposite the pub. His avowed reason is that when he dies all his widow has to do is dump him over the wall into the cemetery. My own view is that she would have problems getting him out of the pub.

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Post by eucsgmrc » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:00 pm

sejintenej wrote:My own view is that she would have problems getting him out of the pub.
I imagine the pub will throw him out when he stops buying drinks.
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Post by J.R. » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:19 pm

eucsgmrc wrote:
sejintenej wrote:My own view is that she would have problems getting him out of the pub.
I imagine the pub will throw him out when he stops buying drinks.

.... or starts to smell a bit 'off' !!

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Post by Fjgrogan » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:32 pm

Strangely enough, when Nelson died at Trafalgar his body was shipped home in a cask of brandy - not rum, as some have claimed.
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Post by kerrensimmonds » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:45 pm

And the first Duke of Clarence, George, chose death by drowing in a butt of Malmsey. 1478?
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Post by Fjgrogan » Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:15 pm

There is apparently a company in Yorkshire (Hainsworth's Natural Legacy Caskets) who make woolen coffins, each woven from the fleece of three sheep, and of course fully biodegradable. As a would-be handweaver I was quite smitten by this idea, but on reflection I think I would prefer the wicker coffin with flowers tucked in the weave. I once visited a natural burial ground at Scraptoft, Leicester with my son-in-law and found it a very pleasant place, although a bit windswept (I think Maria was away in Paris for a 'hen weekend' - possibly her own?). Since we no longer have any links with Scraptoft though, I guess I shall need to look for somewhere nearer to home. There is a long list of them on the website mentioned earlier, many of them in Surrey or Sussex. [a stray thought - I wonder if there is a knitting pattern available for the DIY woolen coffin? Or perhaps this is the incentive I need to get out the loom which has been lurking for years in the shed?]
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Post by ailurophile » Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:50 pm

We chose a willow coffin for my dad, made locally to my parents' home in Somerset. I seem to remember that the website for the company that made the coffin suggested somewhat bizarrely that you could ask to take it home after the funeral. My sister was tempted... she thought it might serve as useful home storage and make an unusual talking point!

Interestingly, while browsing through 'How to have a good death' (I went back to Poundland and bought this for my own bookshelf!) I have discovered that there is no requirement to have a coffin at all, or indeed any form of funeral service; you can apparently simply send the body to the crematorium/ burial ground wrapped in a shroud. Mind you, my dad's own expressed preference was for his remains to be "put in a bin liner and taken to the municipal tip", which as far as I can discover is not a viable option.

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Post by Fjgrogan » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:54 pm

I think it was in Elizabethan times (the other Elizabeth!) that it was compulsory for bodies to be wrapped in a woolen shroud, in order to boost the English wool trade?
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Post by sejintenej » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:06 pm

Without being in the market for one (there are Local Planning Consent complications which require that I be buried in a coffin in a specified place) I have heard of cardboard coffins being used for green funerals.

Reading this thread and especially Interestingly,
while browsing through 'How to have a good death' (I went back to Poundland and bought this for my own bookshelf!) I have discovered that there is no requirement to have a coffin at all, or indeed any form of funeral service; you can apparently simply send the body to the crematorium/ burial ground wrapped in a shroud
by Ailurophile I had to wonder who has the authority to demand and enforce that that Russian be buried in a lead lined casket. Yes, it was sensible but Big Brother at work?

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Post by DavidRawlins » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:21 am

Fjgrogan wrote:I think it was in Elizabethan times (the other Elizabeth!) that it was compulsory for bodies to be wrapped in a woolen shroud, in order to boost the English wool trade?
This law continued for a 100 yrs or more. In old church registers one often comes across the phrase "buried in wool". if one wanted a coffin one had to pay a fine,
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Post by J.R. » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:43 pm

Alan P5age wrote:
sejintenej wrote:A certain "gentleman" I know moved to the Peak District and more particularly next to the village church and opposite the pub. His avowed reason is that when he dies all his widow has to do is dump him over the wall into the cemetery. My own view is that she would have problems getting him out of the pub.
Reminds me of the guy who drowned in a vat of Whiskey at a local brewery. It was a long, slow process. He even got out to use the toilet three times.

...... and it took 3 days for the creamatoria burners to die down !

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