Death is having a moment. Long the last taboo of polite conversation, the subject is practically omnipresent these days. In fact, it’s arguable that it’s finally becoming fashionable to talk about death.
Death Cafe founder, Jon Underwood, recently revealed that nearly 3,000 death cafes have been held in 32 countries since the movement took off and the phenomenon continues to grow. Celebrities are lining up to share their experiences of loss or, indeed, how they are facing up to their own mortality; specialist blogs are popping up left, right and centre on the subject; and Mexico’s Day of the Dead has become a global tourist attraction and even provided one of the most striking opening sequences to any Bond film ever produced.
Moreover, the spate of unexpected deaths amongst high profile figures in recent months has sparked endless online discussion about the merits of their varied funeral choices (direct cremation, private family-only service or public event attended by thousands) and steps by Parliamentarians in Westminster and Holyrood to examine aspects of the funeral sector are also pushing the topic further up the agenda than the profession has, perhaps, become accustomed to.
Read more in our special feature, ‘Is the final curtain finally becoming fashionable?’, in the March edition of Funeral Director Monthly. In the latest edition you will also find features on Death Doulas: Providing support and advocacy for the dying and the NAFD’s response to a major new report into funeral poverty in Scotland that has implications for the rest of the UK too.