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How we mourn and grieve in the immediate aftermath of a death remains a central part of how we move on with our lives, from one generation to the next.

We’ve come a long way in the UK in terms of funeral traditions.

They were usually reserved for people of social prominence, such as soldiers or public servants.

However the 20th century saw the rise of the “common man” obituary when the deaths and funeral details of everyone in the community would be regularly published, giving them equal status - in death at least - as members of the local aristocracy.

Though considered a distinctly Roman tradition in ancient Britain, the introduction of the word funeral itself into public discourse is credited to acclaimed ‘Father of English Poetry” Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1300s.

White lilies remain the most popular flower choice, stemming from their symbolism of the innocence of the soul.The rings were made to memorialize death, often featuring skulls, coffins, or crosses.Funeral procession Funeral processions led by the hearse (funeral car carrying the coffin) are still used in UK funerals, particularly in close-knit communities.Obituary notice In the UK it is traditional for families to announce a death to the community by way of a death notice usually published in the local paper, and including details of the funeral.Coming from the Latin meaning “death”, published death announcements date back as early as the 16th century in America.

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