General Article The green funeral revolution

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‘She sat in the front pew every week with her family and everyone knew her. Her death was sudden and unexpected, and when she died, everyone responded with baking and love.

‘Her family wanted her funeral to be pared down with no fuss. They wanted it to include the many voices of those who loved her, and not just the minister, telling her story.

‘She’d been one of the original flower people, wasting nothing, renovating and recycling as much as possible, and in death, it was wholly appropriate that things would be the same.

‘She’d already planned most of her own funeral, ordering a beautiful wicker casket, specified only wild flowers in season, or living flowers. She died in January. The casket was filled with bunches of dried lavender and the top was decorated with them too – the scent hung in the air in the church, and somehow it reminded us of her as well. The church entrance was filled with daffodils and crocuses – hinting at the Spring to come.

‘The service was simple, but lo...

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