Dying is really rather fun

Such is the impression conveyed by a poster Dalrymple spots in an undertaker’s window near Père-Lachaise, where he used to like to stroll before it was shut. He comments:

Representing it as a pleasant afternoon outing does not make for a mature attitude to death, which after all remains, despite a great deal of technical progress, the bourn from which no traveller returns. The nearest we come to the ars moriendi these days is a comprehensive funeral plan so affordable that it makes for happy contented mourners.

No more than a minor inconvenience, if that

Père-Lachaise

Undertakers must advertise

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