And in the End: A Guide to the World's Weirdest Funerals by Keith R. Lindsay

By Keith R. Lindsay

Choked with anecdotes at the most eldritch funerals and ultimate resting locations internationally, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a side of lifestyles that frightens most folk. Discussing the burial practices of the past—from the embalming practices of historic Egyptians to the funeral pyres utilized in India—while taking a look heavily at how demise and funeral companies are practiced at the present time, this humorously macabre advisor solutions questions equivalent to what sort of get together will be held at a funeral rite? Who may be invited to talk? may still flora be despatched? and What song may be performed? a full of life dialogue at the historical past of being buried alive and 10 principles on how one can cease it from occurring to you is usually incorporated.

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So what has this to do with funerals? Well, the purpose of Purgatory wasn’t simply to scare the people into being pious, it was a nice little earner too. It worked something like this: the fact that you were going to Purgatory was a given, but the length of time you spent there and the length of your scrotum when you finally left were negotiable. By doing a little repenting of your sins, living a good life and making a bona mors, or good death, you could earn a sizeable remission to your sentence.

So what do you do if you still want a conventional coffin but don’t have money to burn, or bury? Well, you might consider renting one. In Canada, and to some extent in the US, you can hire a coffin for your funeral. There’s no need to worry about the possible nasty habits of the previous tenant as the rent-a-casket comes with a pine or plywood inner for your own personal use and all at a fraction of the cost of buying the whole shebang. It’s not hugely popular as yet, and I’d guess that those who do use the service are going to be mostly male.

Grave goods: I know some of you intend to sneak a little something into the coffin with you (though if you’re British the law requires that it be made of natural, combustible/biodegradable materials only). But wouldn’t it be cool to allow a much larger selection of grave goods, like in the good old Viking days? If they could be buried with their ships, why can’t we be buried with our cars? It seems a fitting end to me, though there are one or two cars I’ve owned that deserve to be buried long before I meet my maker.

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