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Friday, 16 May 2008

Death in Bath

The University of Bath has become the first University in the UK to offer a degree in funerals. The foundation degree will provide professional training for would-be undertakers in such topics as the legal aspects of burying people and the psychology of bereavement.

The course, says the University, "is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of social science and humanities perspectives on death, dying and loss in the context of their professional practice." Students will, furthermore, develop "an appreciation of theoretical developments in this field" and their "analytical skills and grasp of professional implications, ethics and practice issues" will be enhanced.

In case there was any doubt, the University lets it be known that this degree course "will be of particular interest to students employed in the funeral industry." So not one for would-be equestrians, for whom the University of Aberystwyth provides a more appropriate training programme through its degree in Equine Studies. Glad that one's been cleared up.

The new course has been produced in partnership with the National Association of Funeral Directors, who, should you be in the market, have an excellent range of hearses and other related vehicles for sale via their web site.

In England and Wales, 502,599 people were registered as having died in 2006, the last year for which full statistics are available. The average cost of a funeral is around £2,000 in the UK.

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