A poem in place of a headstone: after the first such farewell, poet Andy Jackson talks about the Lonely Funeral project
Last month the first Lonely Funeral took place in the UK, when poet Andy Jackson read a specially-written poem at the Dundee graveside of a man called Derek, a former painter and decorator who had died in a care home at the age of 63, and whose funeral was taking place in the absence of any family or friends. It was the first example of a project recently launched in Scotland. When Write Out Loud first reported that this had t...
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