Here’s someone who needed a Wishbook to save poor Elizabeth from the trauma of working out what he wanted.
Radio 4 soap ‘The Archers’ killed off friendly toff and father of twins Nigel in a blockbuster episode, leaving his middle-aged wife to pick up the pieces and sort out how his life and death should be marked.
‘We thought we had plenty of time’ is a common thought when life is busy and vibrant good health taken for granted. Yet many people die too quickly or unexpectedly to pass on their wishes at the end.
Modern Western society treats death as though it beckons only those who think about it. But in many ways thinking about death and how you would like it dealt with are best done when you are young and fit.
More recently there has also been talk of a green burial site in Ambridge, stirring locals to think about how and where they would like their bodies to be disposed of upon death (and even the prospect of a plumed horse to pull a funeral hearse. The Archers may seem a quaint tale of country folk but it is doing its part to raise awareness of issues that should indeed be discussed.