Dead Good Job was a real documentary about the Various literary figures, from the comic potential of a funeral parlour and, watching this first episode as it followed the working lives of three very different funeral directors plus a living funeral, you can see why. From the moment the quirky accompanying music started up, you knew you had permission to smile.
The behind-the-scenes look at the way Muslims deal with funerals was especially edifying. For Whitechapel’s Haji Taslim Muslim Funerals it’s all about speed. “We will sometimes have them die at nine in the morning and have them buried by one,” the funeral director said with professional pride. The haste is to do with getting to paradise, apparently. Also, in hot countries it is not a good idea to leave bodies lying around for too long. “If it means putting the coffin in the back of an estate car because there isn’t time to wait for a hearse, they don’t care,” the director added. “They just want it quick.” Even the Muslim undertaker described his funerals as “organised chaos”, not least because they often did five at a time. And did you know that women are not allowed at Muslim funerals because their tears might distract the deceased from getting to heaven? Neither did I.
There was a also a funeral director who specialised in bikers’ funerals, with a sidecar on his motorbike converted to fit a coffin. By this stage we seemed to be in danger of slipping into a Little Britain sketch, but then the mood was pulled back when a terminally ill woman was shown organising her own funeral, so that her teenage daughters didn’t have to. Because so much of the documentary had been jocular in tone, this moment of sadness seemed all the more affecting.
Some prefer a do it yourself funeral where it is all about green and environmentally friendly burial. There is even a story about a living funeral for those who wish to say goodbye before they pass on, where friends gather in a party to cheers and relive fond memory.
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