Funeral Rights: What the Australian 'death-care' industry doesn't want you to know

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Penguin Group Australia, Jun 4, 2007 - Social Science - 256 pages
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How can a funeral director charge $700 for a chipboard coffin worth only $80?Why are there moves afoot to re-use graves in cemeteries?Can we choose to be buried in a cardboard coffin?Australia's 'death-care' industry is worth a staggering $700 million a year, and despite the fact that each of us will one day have to deal with those in the 'dismal trade', few of us know how the business of dying really works. In Funeral Rights, Robert Larkins lifts the lid on what goes on inside the mortuary and behind the cemetery walls. Eye-opening, empowering and often darkly amusing, his book demystifies death, dispels popular myths about funerals, and shows us better ways of conducting our final acts of love.

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Cash credit card or cheque
A burning question
Vigils viewings and embalming
Ethnic cultures and the funeral industry
Selfarranged funerals
DIY stories
Last rights
Deaths of babies
Will power
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About the author (2007)

Robert Larkins lives in Melbourne. He has been a barrister for over twenty years with a practice specializing in cases of domestic violence. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He has a practical relationship experience having been twice married and, as he says, thrown out on both occasions! He lives alone but is on exceptionally good terms with both exes – indeed this book is dedicated to one of them.

He is the author of Funeral Rights and Breaking Up.

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