Final Departures: Weird and Wonderful Tales of Death, Funerals and Bereavement from Around the World

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In Final Departures, Barry Albin Dyer leavers the boundaries of his beloved Bermondsey to take us on a whistle-stop tour of death around the world. In this book, he introduces us to an astonishing variety of attitudes and practices of dying—some gruesome, some bizarre, and many quite beautiful and moving. Barry's unique journey takes us from the mummies of ancient Egypt to the techno-funerals of modern-day Korea and into the future, when it will be possible to have your ashes sent into space.

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Death comes to us all, yet it remains one of the great mysteries of our existence. We talk little about what it means to die or of the many rituals and processes by which we mark the end of life. Now, Barry Albin Dyer, Britain’s most cosmopolitan undertaker, takes us on a breathtaking tour of death around the world. He introduces us to an astonishing variety of attitudes and practices: some gruesome, some bizarre, many quite poignant and beautiful. He surveys his topic from ancient times, to the techno–funerals of modern–day Korea, into the future, when it will be possible to have your ashes launched into space. He also tells the stories of famous deaths that have affected millions, such as those of Elvis, Diana, and Evita—as well as those less famous, but equally unique. Barry Albin Dyer is the owner of London–based F.A. Albin & Sons, one of Britain’s largest and oldest family funeral firms.

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Barry Albin Dyer owns F. A. Albin & Sons in Bermondsey, South London, one of Britain's largest and oldest family firms of funeral directors. He is now one of the UK's best-known undertakers and is consulted on and conducts some of the most high-profile funerals in the country. He is also the sole European agent for Detroit's controversial Cryonics Institute.

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