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UK charter aims to improve rights for the dead

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1472
  1. Hugh Matthews
  1. BMJ

    The Dead Citizens Charter, launched this week in the United Kingdom, warns that the average funeral in Britain is a “costly and miserable affair,” and calls for wide reforms of the £840m funeral industry to allow informed choice for those preparing for death.

    The charter, published by the National Funerals College--an organisation set up in 1994 to improve funeral practices--and supported by Age Concern, expresses alarm over the cost of …

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