The business end of life

Arranging a funeral is a daunting and stressful prospect for the bereaved, but a new generation of funeral directors is hoping to make the process a lot easier

23rd April, 2011

When Mairead Drakeford brings bereaved families to the coffin showroom at Fanagans funeral home in Kimmage in Dublin, she leaves them alone for a while to ponder the selection. ‘‘It’s important not to rush anyone,” Drakeford says. ‘‘You get an empathy for where they are in that moment - all you can do is assist them, and try to make what is a horrible time run smoothly.”

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