Different way to look at death

DEATH - it has never been much of a fun topic to talk about.But that could all be about to change for people in Ipswich after a unique event tried to put the subject of dying up there with the weather and the Blues' prospects.

DEATH - it has never been much of a fun topic to talk about.

But that could all be about to change for people in Ipswich after a unique event tried to put the subject of dying up there with the weather and the Blues' prospects.

In what must be one of the strangest events ever to be held in the town centre, representatives of the industry that handles every aspect of your life - or what's left of it - when you have died converged on Ipswich to talk about one thing very few people like to talk about.

There were those who wanted to turn your ashes into a glass vase or a diamond to be warn on a ring by someone close to you.

There were others who wanted to blow your burnt remains out of an exploding firework in a colourful farewell to the world and others again who preferred a more traditional way to dispose of your remains - by burial.

But even those had a new approach. Instead of placing your earthly remains in a standard wooden coffin how does an environmentally friendly cardboard number measured to fit sound?

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The 'How to Have a Good Death' exhibition, organised by Ipswich's CSV media in conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk, brought people from all over the country to the county's first funeral fair.

Karen Hare, a producer for CSV Media's Suffolk Action Team who was one of the organisers of the event in the St Nicholas Centre in Culter Street, said: “We thought we would have a funeral fair - we have wedding fairs so why not a funeral fair?

“We wanted people to be able to shop around. This was an opportunity to talk about what it is they would like when they die.”

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