The Six Feet Under convention has become the Joy of Death Festival.
The spirit of the Six Feet Under convention was based on the idea that learning about death is not depressing, it’s uplifting. The series attracted people who were intrigued by death and its impact on families. And it wasn’t depressing, quite the opposite, it was funny and moving.
Irvin Yalom, a Californian psychotherapist, wrote a book called Staring at the Sun, Overcoming the Dread of Death. He explains the paradox that ‘although the physicality of death destroys us, the idea of death saves us.’
What he means is that denying death means we don’t or won’t change. He gives the example of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, who foresees his own death, and then resolves to change his ways. Let’s say you were reprieved from a firing squad? Wouldn’t that have a dramatic impact on how you lived your life afterwards?
The Joy of Death Festival 2012 will pilot the first Good Funeral Guide Awards Ceremony to recognise outstanding service to the bereaved.
The awards will be made in the following categories on the basis of nominations received by the general public:
Anyone can nominate a person for the award.The awards ceremony will be on the evening of Friday 7 September 2012 at a prestigious hotel in Bournemouth. It will be hosted by Charles Cowling, founder of the Good Funeral Guide. The winners will receive a small trophy and a certificate in recognition of their achievement.
Said, organiser, Brian Jenner: “The funeral industry has many characters and styles, we want to recognise the diversity of the industry and allow the public to have some say in what they think is good. We thought we’d trial this format in 2012 to see if it’s an effective way to acknowledge outstanding service to the bereaved.
“We’ve already had some nominations. Barry Albin-Dyer and Ken West (father of natural burial) have been mentioned for their lifetime contributions. In the alternative hearse category, we’ve had a mention for Paul Sinclair, the motorcycle hearse rider, and Clare Brooks and Michelle Orton, who run the Volkswagen campervan hearse service.”
Anyone wishing to nominate should send an email with a written recommendation (no more than 100 words) to say why they think the company or individual is worthy of the award.
Please include an address and telephone number. Your citation may be quoted at the award’s ceremony on Friday 7 September 2012.
Email your entry to: email@example.com by Monday 6 August 2012.
This was a sublime performance by Language, Timothy! at the Six Feet Under convention in Bournemouth Triangle.
We inadvertently established our first Six Feet Under convention tradition. On the Friday we have a funeral tea and all the delegates can dress as if they’re in mourning.