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A moment that changed me: ‘My mother taught me to face impossible tasks – and so I carried the coffin at her funeral’

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My mum was a PE teacher and coach. One of her early gifts was to help me feel like a physically capable female. For the couple of years before she died, my body had taken a battering, with illness and major surgery, t...

What did my father’s funeral teach me? Shared mourning is absurd – but essential

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My dad’s funeral generated a gushing stream of anecdotes. I don’t remember any feelings at all, just event after event, most of which involved my brother or my dog. The one about my dad’s best friend is probably the b...

MP demands John Barilaro apologise for comparing Wilcannia funeral mourners to ‘dickheads’ in Maroubra

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The New South Wales deputy premier, John Barilaro, has come under fire for “highly offensive” comments he made comparing a funeral in the western NSW town of Wilcannia – attended by about 300 people in compliance with...

Lucia Mantione: murdered Sicilian girl finally given funeral after 66 years

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There had never been so many people at a funeral in the history of Montedoro, a village suspended in time among wheat fields and abandoned sulphur mines in central Sicily. Its 1,500 inhabitants had waited for this mom...

Funeral directors must make prices clearer, says UK regulator

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Funeral directors across the UK must publish clear price lists and will be banned from paying hospitals and care homes for referrals under new measures to help bereaved families. The legally enforceable rules are bein...

State Funeral review – the eerie last rites of Stalin’s Soviet Union

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For this very disquieting film, which is like a two-hour bad dream, Sergei Loznitsa has assembled hitherto unseen footage in colour and black-and-white that was shot in the Soviet Union in 1953; it shows the official ...

Northern Ireland police cleared of bias over Bobby Storey funeral

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A watchdog’s report into Northern Irish police’s handling of the funeral of senior republican Bobby Storey has found that police prioritised public security over enforcement of Covid-19 regulations without showing bia...

‘It’s impossible to take your eyes off this infinitely dear face’: the startling film about Stalin’s funeral

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“At 21.50, due to cardiovascular and respiratory failure, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin died,” intones an announcer. A woman takes off her hat, on the verge of tears. A handsome youth in a military uniform stares stoic...

Funeral venues in England still capping mourners, grieving mother says

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A grieving mother said she had “nowhere left to turn” after dozens of possible venues for a funeral service near London refused to let her invite more than 30 mourners, despite England’s coronavirus restrictions being...

Covid-era funeral restrictions are heartbreaking. But small gatherings have their own value

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If my friend’s mum had lived a few weeks longer there would have been many more of us at her funeral. As it was, we were among the permitted 30 in number. I was greatly honoured to be invited. Patricia was the formida...

‘Like Uber, but for cremations’: I created a $2m funeral startup – and became a monster

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A few years ago I sat on the phone, as a first-time CEO of a funeral start up in my 20s, trying to convince a woman to buy a $1,799 necklace filled with her mother’s ashes. “Well, Katherine. It’s really beautiful.” I ...

BBC defends coverage of Prince Philip funeral after complaints

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The BBC has responded to complaints over its coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral by insisting its editorial choices reflected the role the BBC plays as the national broadcaster in a moment of national significance. BB...

‘My son should be burying me’: Calls for police reform at Daunte Wright’s funeral – video

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Hundreds of mourners filled a Minneapolis church for the funeral of Daunte Wright after the 20-year-old was killed two weeks ago by a police officer who said she mistook her gun for a Taser. The funeral came two days ...

‘Aren’t our lives worth more?’: Daunte Wright mourned at Minneapolis funeral

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Two days after the streets of Minneapolis filled with people celebrating the conviction of a former police officer for murdering George Floyd, the city held a funeral on Thursday for Daunte Wright, another young Black...

13 million in the UK tune in for live TV coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral

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More than 13 million people in the UK watched live television coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral which saw a Queen in mourning, masked and sitting alone, during her first public appearance since the death of ...

From ponies to pipes: the personal touches at Prince Philip’s funeral

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From his ponies’ sugar lumps pot, to a haunting Russian hymn, the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral incorporated some quirky and historical elements. A red-topped plastic container was placed on the box seat of his driving ...

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