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Post by Syl on Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:02 pm

So these ads have been banned by London transport....I think they are quite amusing.
We are all born and we all die.....sad though it is when we lose someone we love, it's a fact of life, and humour can often help.

"A funeral price comparison site has said it is breaking the "taboo" around death after its "edgy" adverts were banned by Transport for London.
The firm Beyond has released a holiday-style ad that shows a couple running to the beach whilst carrying surfboards shaped like coffins.
The advert jokes about offering a £1,195 "one way" trip with "roasting temperatures".
Another is a mock flu medication ad and asks "headaches?", "aches and pains?", "sore throat?", before adding "better write your will then".


One of the adverts shows a young woman planning her funeral in the style of preparing for a wedding, and features the caption: "For that perfect look on your big day".




This ad shows a woman shopping for a coffin in what seems to be a bridal shop.




https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/funeral-firm-defends-its-banned-adverts/ar-BBLkRnY?MSCC=1533120849&ocid=spartandhp

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Post by Syl on Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:18 pm

And...under £2000 all inclusive seems pretty good value too.
Granted, unlike an all inclusive package holiday... you only get transport one way. Razz

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Post by Vintage on Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:34 pm

Well, a lot of people won't like them..
If it's the company I've heard about they are all in house, in that they own the crematoriums as well as the funeral business and catering so to a degree they can keep costs down, so that's good for the clients. Funeral businesses not only have to cover their costs but if the crematorium charges go up, the doctors fees go up and the minister/celebrant fees go up it all has to be taken into account. If the family want all bright shiny just off te production line hearses and cars they have to pay for them, some big companies change their fleet every three years because of need for a grand show, so you have to do a lot of work and charge a bit to pay for that. Many hearses now have automatic decks that raise up or down and extend out of the back to make unloading at the church/crematorium easier, they also can have sparkly lights in the interior and the company name can be in lights along the side windows, bit tacky I think. Eventually there won't be any small family undertakers around, they are being squeezed out in the USA and in the UK, the advantage of the small family business is they don't have such great overheads, providing people don't mind a hearse and cars more then three years old and if you are old enough you've probably been to funerals and know how they operate, you may even know the family personally and their reputation is going to mean a lot them so they'll always do their best.
It's an expensive business these days, the overheads can be big, all the equipment you need these days especially with increasingly needing bariatric equipment and of course in my view the suppliers to the funeral business charge more than I think they should for even basic equipment.
You can get a direct cremation for about £1,500, no one attends, you have a memorial service or a wake somewhere else with the cremated remains in an urn or casket there.

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Post by Syl on Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:07 pm

Thanks for that reply Vintage, it's very informative.

Its a shame that big business is taking over from all the smaller family owned shops and companies, no surprise that funeral directors are amongst the ones going out of business....they are casualties of the high street takeover the same as everyone else is.

I am sure a lot of people will think these ads are in bad taste, and obviously if you are dealing with death of a loved one it's no laughing matter.
Many people avoid talking about death, funerals, even making a will out some people find it to be too distressing, I just dont think along those lines myself, I'm pretty accepting of death, especially mine, and think it would stop a lot of bother if people actually spoke more openly about the whole thing.
Doing it with humour could only help imo.

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Post by nicko on Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:02 pm

After being in the Military for over 25 yrs and witnessing Death in all it's forms I have to say that "morbid" humour was the only way we could get through our lives without totally going screaming mad !
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Post by Original Quill on Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:57 pm

Syl wrote:Its a shame that big business is taking over from all the smaller family owned shops and companies, no surprise that funeral directors are amongst the ones going out of business....they are casualties of the high street takeover the same as everyone else is.

This is the result of capitalism, which is another mouth to be fed--profit! What vintage is describing is the inevitable consequence of industrial take-over:

Vintage wrote:It's an expensive business these days, the overheads can be big, all the equipment you need these days ...

She is describing a classic early 18th-century dilemma...how to deal with rising costs of equipment and doing industrial business.

When you see what capitalism takes, even in death, it makes socialism look pretty good.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:16 pm

I don't like them much.

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Post by Vintage on Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:34 pm

As an aside, our village had until the 80's
1. a garage which did repairs and sold petrol
2. Two doctors and a surgery the doctors actually living and working in the village and surrounding area
3. An actual bank
4. a bus service
5. A train service
6. An undertaker
7. Two Co op food store, one with a drapery and shoe shop on the first floor
8. A shoe shop
9. A clothes shop
10. Two cinemas
11. Numberous cafes
12. Three chip shops who only sold fish and chips or pie and chips.
13. Two pubs, a rugby clubhouse, four workmen's clubs you had to be a member of to get into.
14. One church
15. Eight chapels
16. Three primary schools
17. Couple of small factories
Now, no bank, two schools until next year at least, no cafes, no shoe or dress shop, one co op, the smallest so no draper's, two chapels and the church - all struggling, one chip shop, the clubs open twice a week, the pubs are open most evenings but you'll probably find little company in them, bus service hopeless sometimes they just don't turn up, the trains went in the 60's, no garage, factories gone, we have a surgery but no doctors live anywhere near us and the undertaker - now known as a funeral director of course, still there just about. This whole place was once a busy bustling community with just about all you needed on your doorstep, even a spouse, now progress means you travel for nearly everything and many older people neither see nor speak to anyone for days, neighbours are strangers who go to work early and come back late from commuting a couple of hours to and from work (houses are reasonably priced here compared to the more illustrious places). So everything will be big and centralised and able to charge what they like, before long.

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Post by Vintage on Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:36 pm

Syl wrote:So these ads have been banned by London transport....I think they are quite amusing.
We are all born and we all die.....sad though it is when we lose someone we love, it's a fact of life, and humour can often help.

"A funeral price comparison site has said it is breaking the "taboo" around death after its "edgy" adverts were banned by Transport for London.
The firm Beyond has released a holiday-style ad that shows a couple running to the beach whilst carrying surfboards shaped like coffins.
The advert jokes about offering a £1,195 "one way" trip with "roasting temperatures".
Another is a mock flu medication ad and asks "headaches?", "aches and pains?", "sore throat?", before adding "better write your will then".


One of the adverts shows a young woman planning her funeral in the style of preparing for a wedding, and features the caption: "For that perfect look on your big day".




This ad shows a woman shopping for a coffin in what seems to be a bridal shop.




https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/funeral-firm-defends-its-banned-adverts/ar-BBLkRnY?MSCC=1533120849&ocid=spartandhp

The worst part is the sickly 'pink icing' colour of the coffin.

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Post by eddie on Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:42 pm

I loved the first ad. Totally brilliant and eye-catching.
Their work is done now anyway, it’s being talked about and there’s no advertising like word of mouth.

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:39 pm

(written by Ben & Eddie)

THIRTEEN UNLUCKY SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT BE DYING!

(in no particular order)

1. You're feeling too sick to watch a "Friends" rerun.

2. You haven't liked anything on Facebook in a week, let alone shared that hilarious video with the chimp.

3. And when you finally posted "I think I'm dying," it only got five likes.

4. You have no appetite, you've been feeling chilly, and your field of vision is quickly drawing to a pinpoint.

5. You turn down an offer of free pizza. Free pizza!

6. You just happen to glance down to notice dozens of gunshot wounds to your chest. (Or knife wounds, or any kind of wounds, really!)

7. You keep getting annoyed by a huge swarm of hungry flies.

8. Grandma keeps telling you to come to her ... and she died ten years ago.

9. Loved ones keep calling up to ask you about your will and what they're getting.

10. That bus that just ran over you actually felt pretty darn heavy!

11. You hear a doctor say, "Let's call it."

12. The surgeon operating on you exclaims, "Oh shoot ..."

13. People, especially Facebook friends, keep telling you how much they love you.

~If you notice one or more of these signs, please call 999 in the United Kingdom or 911 in the United States immediately. And just know that we love you so much!~


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Re: Do these ads offend you?

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:45 am

Vintage wrote:
Syl wrote:
So these ads have been banned by London transport....I think they are quite amusing.
We are all born and we all die.....sad though it is when we lose someone we love, it's a fact of life, and humour can often help.

"A funeral price comparison site has said it is breaking the "taboo" around death after its "edgy" adverts were banned by Transport for London.
The firm Beyond has released a holiday-style ad that shows a couple running to the beach whilst carrying surfboards shaped like coffins.
The advert jokes about offering a £1,195 "one way" trip with "roasting temperatures".
Another is a mock flu medication ad and asks "headaches?", "aches and pains?", "sore throat?", before adding "better write your will then".


One of the adverts shows a young woman planning her funeral in the style of preparing for a wedding, and features the caption: "For that perfect look on your big day".




This ad shows a woman shopping for a coffin in what seems to be a bridal shop.


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/funeral-firm-defends-its-banned-adverts/ar-BBLkRnY?MSCC=1533120849&ocid=spartandhp

The worst part is the sickly 'pink icing' colour of the coffin.

Razz

Nothing like planning for one's funeral early...

Especially if you're a 20-something 'pretty young thing' running along the beach in a bikini with a coffin-shaped surfboard..

Brings a new twist to the notion of "shark bait".

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Re: Do these ads offend you?

Post by Syl on Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:43 pm

I think if you are fussy about your funeral arrangements (personally I couldn't care less) you should put something into place the same time you write a will.
If possible always leave cash on the side for that special day....I know of a few people who have popped their clogs after spending freely on themselves ....and left nothing to pay for their own funeral....very selfish.

My wishes are just cremate me....cheapest coffin available, why spend a fortune on something thats going up in flames soon?
I would like flowers cos I love them.......and dont bother to come weeping and mourning me if...a....we didn't get on, and b....we hardly knew each other.
Funerals do tend to bring out the hypocrisy in some folk.

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Post by nicko on Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:23 pm

Diana's Funeral springs to mind !
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Post by Syl on Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:26 pm

I think people did love Diana....the weeping, screeching and wailing as her coffin passed was eerie and quite horrible though. No need for it.
I think that must have been really upsetting for her boys.

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Post by eddie on Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:37 pm

I sang at my paternal grandmother’s funeral.
It was ‘The Rose’ by Bette Midler.

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Post by Syl on Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:30 pm

eddie wrote:I sang at my paternal grandmother’s funeral.
It was ‘The Rose’ by Bette Midler.
I  love that song, and the film.
I am in admiration of people who can stand up and say an eulogy at a loved ones funeral, I would be in pieces.
To actually sing must be even more daunting.

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Post by magica on Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:02 pm

Syl wrote:I think if you are fussy about your funeral arrangements (personally I couldn't care less) you should put something into place the same time you write a will.
If possible always leave cash on the side for that special day....I know of a few people who have popped their clogs after spending freely on themselves ....and left nothing to pay for their own funeral....very selfish.

My wishes are just cremate me....cheapest coffin available, why spend a fortune on something thats going up in flames soon?
I would like flowers cos I love them.......and dont bother to come weeping and mourning me if...a....we didn't get on, and b....we hardly knew each other.
Funerals do tend to bring out the hypocrisy in some folk.

I feel the same. I only want those there that were there in my life, not hangers on crying crocodile tears.

I also love The Rose. My favourite was Wind Beneath My Wings. I played that at my dad's funeral as he was my hero.
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Post by eddie on Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:40 pm

Syl wrote:
eddie wrote:I sang at my paternal grandmother’s funeral.
It was ‘The Rose’ by Bette Midler.
I  love that song, and the film.
I am in admiration of people who can stand up and say an eulogy at a loved ones funeral, I would be in pieces.
To actually sing must be even more daunting.

I spoke at both my dads and my grandfather’s funerals. I can be very, very good at switching off my emotions.

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Post by Jules on Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:47 pm

They are crass, insensitive ads.

But I don't care enough to be offended.

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Post by Jules on Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:50 pm

Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly wrote: (written by Ben & Eddie)

THIRTEEN UNLUCKY SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT BE DYING!

(in no particular order)

1. You're feeling too sick to watch a "Friends" rerun.

2. You haven't liked anything on Facebook in a week, let alone shared that hilarious video with the chimp.

3. And when you finally posted "I think I'm dying," it only got five likes.

4. You have no appetite, you've been feeling chilly, and your field of vision is quickly drawing to a pinpoint.

5. You turn down an offer of free pizza. Free pizza!

6. You just happen to glance down to notice dozens of gunshot wounds to your chest. (Or knife wounds, or any kind of wounds, really!)

7. You keep getting annoyed by a huge swarm of hungry flies.

8. Grandma keeps telling you to come to her ... and she died ten years ago.

9. Loved ones keep calling up to ask you about your will and what they're getting.

10. That bus that just ran over you actually felt pretty darn heavy!

11. You hear a doctor say, "Let's call it."

12. The surgeon operating on you exclaims, "Oh shoot ..."

13. People, especially Facebook friends, keep telling you how much they love you.

~If you notice one or more of these signs, please call 999 in the United Kingdom or 911 in the United States immediately. And just know that we love you so much!~



LMAO @  #11.  

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Post by Jules on Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:27 pm

Let me add one more to your list.


#14:--- You know that iconic pic of the Grim Reaper? 


Well, when its ghostly presence suddenly photobombs your instagram pics,  scowling & drumming his fingers impatiently - you realise 'shit just got real' man.  affraid

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Post by Syl on Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:09 am

Jules wrote:They are crass, insensitive ads.

But I don't care enough to be offended.
They may be crass and insensitive to some, they do the job though.
People remember them....and thats why companies spend millions on advertising, so job done.

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