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Appreciating 'food for thought' conversations

Vikki Entwistle reflects on the value of open team discussions in Care in Funerals project meetings

In our early team meetings, we have been sharing and discussing a broad selection of ‘food for thought’ items relating to funerals: news reports; guidance about regulations and policy changes introduced because of COVID-19;…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

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…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

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…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

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

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