Professionally I seem to be liaising more and more with companies that provide cheap, simple cremations.
Slick, and for the most part professional, they certainly seem to have taken advantage of a gap in the market where minor celebrities like Debbie McGee reinforce that you can have a funeral for the cost e of a cup of coffee a week whilst earning a voucher for Marks and Spencer’s all at the same time.
In this time of austerity, spending thousands on a funeral is no longer a luxury many can now afford but I have concerns that these “ faceless” companies could be having a detrimental effect of how we grieve rather who we grieve for.
Getting a funeral right, is a difficult objective for any family as grief can often be fickle, laced with anger and intensely personal in nature.
The more modern trend for a well chosen eulogies, music , green burials, are complications from the formal “norms ” but at least personal touches often give loved ones the time and space to grieve.
Funerals are only really important to the living.
Cheap cremations will work for some and not others.
I’m just concerned that financial prudence is taking over from the healthy need to be able to say a proper goodbye to a loved one