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The very latest eco-must have: an environmentally-friendly funeral

It sounds like the basis for an Edgar Allan Poe story: a woman visits the site of a grave in a remote wood where, one day, she knows she will be buried. It is an uncanny scenario and if it hadn’t been such a bright August afternoon, it would have all the macabre potential of a Victorian gothic. Yet as we walked a secluded coppice near Dianne Neil’s home in Hampshire, where one day she will indeed be buried, she talked in such an animated way about the funeral she has planned that it began to sound like a rather…

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