Unable to host a funeral due to the pandemic, Kevin Lynch was waiting for his mother's ashes to come in the mail.
A council-run cremation can cost anything from £364 to £960.
When people ask me how I can dare do stand-up comedy - on the grounds that it must be terrifying to risk humiliation in front of a crowd of people - I always say that it's nothing, nothing, nothing like as frightening as leading a funeral.
The Royal London National Funeral Cost Index just released their research which shows that funeral costs across the UK have
Having your ashes sent into space has to be one of the most majestic ways to have a send off. Gene Roddenberry did it and
If you thought your friend or family member's wedding was the last time you'd have to wear an uncomfortable outfit or bite
On the evening that Dunc died, he left for football while Sam, Thomas and I were eating tea. He kissed each of us in turn and told us that he loved us. Dunc did this every week before football, and every day before work. It was something that I had strongly encouraged, having worked closely with a family who hadn't had a chance to say a proper last goodbye to their child.
The coffin of a 7ft 2in “gentle giant” is too long for his local crematorium – so it will have to be transported 35 miles
One thing we all have in common: we're going to die. We won't all get married, have children or see Niagara Falls. But every single one of us will die. Yet the vast majority of us only think about death when we have to.
It is interesting to find out that we don't have to hold a funeral at all. There is no legal requirement. Something has to be done with the body, but the funeral ceremony, celebration of life, memorial or thanksgiving - we hold these ceremonies because we want to, not because we have to.