Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

Comedian Frankie Boyle Chooses a Song for his Funeral

In the Guardian last Saturday What is the closest you've ever come to death? - Middlesbrough. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? - People hate jokes. What song would you like played at your funeral?

Crash Landing in the Hudson River

In the paper at the weekend was this account by a young woman who was on board flight 1549 which crash landed in the Hudson river after having its engines disabled by flying into a flock of geese: I crash-landed in the Hudson Everything went eerily quiet – the familiar drone of the engines had disappeared. Gripping the armrests, I said to myself, [...] Read more

Mummy Portraits

Around the first century in Egypt if you could afford a good funeral the body of the deceased was wrapped in bands to make a classic 'mummy'. It became the fashion to insert a portrait painted on wood into the mummy to show the face of the loved one as it was in life. There are around 900 of these 'mummy portraits known to have [...] Read more