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DEAD: An End to Conveyor Belt Funerals

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:870
  1. Joan Beadle, senior lecturer
  1. Department of Fine Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Lanternhouse, Ulverston, Cumbria, 29 March to 30 June 2001 (open Wednesday to Sunday excluding 13 and 15 April) Also on the web at

    What will the funeral of the future look like? Most of the paraphernalia we have come to associate with funerals today is of Victorian invention and aesthetic. The coffin, the hearse, the black clothes, these are all relics from the 19th century that have seen little reinterpretation. The professionalisation of funerals, and changes in social and family …

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