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Crazy Coffins to feature at the Six Feet Under convention

An exhibition of flamboyant funeral merchandise will feature as part of the first Six Feet Under convention, which will be in Bournemouth from 12-14 August, 2011.

Six Feet Under was a series set in an American funeral home famous for its ground-breaking presentation of the issues around death and dying. It ran for five series between 2001-2005. The episodes are now being re-aired on Sky Atlantic.

A selection of ‘Crazy Coffins’ – bespoke coffins commissioned by individuals who wish to do something different from the traditional casket, will be on show in Bournemouth Library from Monday 8 August.

Such has been the interest generated by the convention, an open-air public exhibition of coffins created using traditional materials and crafts will accompany the convention in Bournemouth Triangle on the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be unusual hearses, balloons and a release of doves. In the best seaside tradition, you’ll also have the chance to pose for a photograph in a coffin.

“We break down the taboo of bereavement. There are loads of issues around death that people rarely discuss, like how you would like to be buried? Do you need to be embalmed? Or, how do you organise a funeral service? When you get over the uncomfortableness of the subject matter, there’s really lots to make you smile. What else can you do?” said organiser, Brian Jenner.

The convention has already signed up an embalmer from Salisbury, the former Daily Telegraph obituary editor, Andrew McKie, a soul midwife, the author of the Good Funeral Guide and experts in green funerals.

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