Thursday, March 24, 2011

Post One Hundred and Eighteen: Little 'Funeral' House on the Prairie.

Some place real, some place different.

I'd love to start my own funeral business. A contemporary, customised, independent business that would turn the traditional funeral concept on it's left nut.

This isn't to say that the funeral businesses in Brisbane are no good. It's just that I can see a gap in the market, and if I had a million bucks or so I'd sure as hell like to have a crack. A lass has the right to dream.

I can see the premises in my imagination. Without a plastic flower or sateen tissue box cover in sight, the interior design itself would look more like somewhere you'd WANT to sit down, relax and sink a frosty ale. When you think of a chapel it's not particularly natural to think about comfort and relaxation, but there's no reason why it can't be the way.

I'd love a couple of vintage cars in the fleet, some cute staff and a killer coffee machine. Awesome couches. BAR. Community vegie garden. Quirky, but special. Great music, good art, positive vibes and open minds. Honest, compassionate customer service provision.

I like to think about this.

Peace. x


  1. I have an arty friend who has been thinking along similar lines.

  2. I would use your buisness more so then a stuffy funneral home. We used one for my dad and had to sit on a back veranda why they got him ready for viewing then he wasn't even shaved. Its funny the small things you remember. My brother was so upset about where they sat us he left without viewing dad. Your vision sounds so much better

  3. welcome back.

    isn't this why we used to have people laid out in the 'parlour', we used to build the coffin and have a wake while the person was still in the house. i think alot of the whole funeral business has taken us away from that final 'experience' and has made us much more afraid of it all. this wasn't that long ago for country people ... obviously a bit longer for (us) city folk. (my mum still talks about some members of the family who were able to hang arround the house 'til they were buried :) )

    so the things that made us comfortable, were there - in our houses. sometimes we need to be in our own spaces to deal with the leaving of someone close.

  4. I agree. It always seems dishonest to have a "service" for the non-religious. I think that we seek a ritual when we're grieving for closure & the comfort of the familiar but I would much rather have a party where everyone played my favourite songs and ate my favourite food and talked shit about me than a stiff 10am service in a funeral home.

  5. I'm in! Been thinking along the same lines myself, but like you, lack finance. I want a bar one end, dance floor on the other end. And so much more. So much more.