Thursday February 27, 2020

We need to talk about death

How would you prefer to die? And how would you like to be sent off into the hereafter? It’s some people’s jobs to make us think, talk about and plan for dying. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire meets five people for whom death is part of the day job, and asks if Ireland is becoming more comfortable with discussing the great inevitable

17th February, 2019
David Fanagan of Fanagans funeral directors: ‘I hear of funeral plans being made over a family Sunday roast’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

David Fanagan has spent 35 years in the business of death, in his role as funeral director with Fanagans Funeral Directors. Over that time, he has found the conversation surrounding death has opened up hugely. In 1974, “funerals weren’t discussed”, he says. “If I met somebody for the first time and was asked: ‘What do you do?’, and I responded: ‘I’m in the funeral business’, they would run in the other direction.”...

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