What is a proper funeral?

Paolo Maccagno considers how limits force us to confront ethical questions and find new ways of connecting with others

What is a proper funeral? This question came up in a recent conversation I had with Abi. I am an anthropologist by training, and she works as a funeral director. We…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Choice and Diversity in Funerals

Jennie Riley considers choice and variety in British funerals – two important themes which would have been much less familiar even a few decades ago.

We have come quite far from the popularised, potent funeral tableau, with families dressed in black, wearing correspondingly sombre demeanours, gathered in a church or…

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Shifting experiences of funerals

Louise Locock reflects on mixed personal experiences of funerals during COVID-19

I have ‘participated’ in three ‘funerals’ since March 2020 and the beginning of lockdown. I say ‘participated’ because in two of the three cases I wasn’t there, and I say ‘funeral’ because in one case it wasn’t a service…

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2020: A Funeral Director's experience

Abi Pattenden reflects on some of the changes that funeral directors have had to introduce during the COVID-19 pandemic

When news of the Coronavirus began to spread, we started making plans for what we then hoped was a worst-case scenario. I manage an independent funeral director in West Sussex on…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

InSTAR - Inhaled Steroids in ARDS

The Inhaled Steroids in ARDS (InSTAR) trial is a proposed future study we would like to perform in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Patients with ARDS often require to be placed on a ventilator, so they are unable to discuss taking part in research…

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