Ditch the hearse, bring the kids, have a picnic: an alternative undertaker’s tips for a better funeral

By Sam Wollaston in The Guardian, October, 19, 2022

‘I’ve pretty much buried everyone’ … Rupert Callender at the Sharpham Meadow natural burial site. Photograph: Jim Wileman/The Guardian

Sharpham Meadow doesn’t look much like a cemetery. There are no high walls, wrought iron gates or yew trees. You won’t find mausoleums or elaborate headstones. There are no signs of gothic horror. There are plenty of flowers but not the sort that come wrapped in cellophane – these ones are wild and alive. The whole place is wild and alive, with buzzing bees and birdsong.

And yet it is a cemetery or, as this land is unconsecrated, more correctly a burial ground. Spaced out evenly in rows are dozens of graves, simple mounds with a flat stone featuring just a name and dates. The view – over a Devon valley, the River Dart meandering towards its own end – is breathtaking. I wouldn’t mind ending up here. Read more >>

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Updated: Mon, Oct 31, 2022