Urban Death Project

If any of you have ever read my academic work you’ll be familiar with me stressing the cultural significance of cremation in Britain and the huge social and cultural impact it had on British society over a century ago….if I were a futurist I’d be claiming that the Urban Death Project (UDP) is the next cultural ‘game changer’ in funerary rituals and our expectations of death and beyond in so-called ‘Western’urban societies. There’s a lot of similarity between the rhetoric used to promote ‘natural burial’ and the UDP, but they bare little resemblance to each other with regards to the place, space, materiality and temporality of grief, mourning and ensuing funerary rituals…what do you think? Is the UDP viable? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.

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