Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding recently revealed she has begun to plan her funeral. The pop star turned to thoughts of her final farewell after breaking the distressing news of her cancer diagnosis to fans in the summer of 2020.
In her autobiography titled Hear Me Out, penned since, the singer wrote: “It’s strange, I keep thinking about funerals at the moment.”
Like many other people who are willing to look ahead to their own funeral, the 39-year-old explained: “It might sound morbid, but it’s hard not to at this stage: cemeteries, plots, burials, what kind of send-off I’d like and how it would all go.
“It’s all there front and centre in my mind. I’ve also thought about an epitaph for my grave.”
Sarah’s forethought and planning is to be commended. In thinking about these things she has maintained control of her life until the last, and she is taking a huge burden away from her family and friends in doing so.
But Sarah isn’t the first celebrity to lay out the details of her own send-off.
Other stars who’ve started planning their own funeral include Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall. The Golden Globe winner has picked out a gravestone and burial plot in Liverpool.
Actress, author and presenter Joanna Lumley OBE, who was inspired by her parents’ funeral plans, revealed her wishes to be buried in a painted cardboard box filled with personal items and “nice bits and pieces” such as books and feathers.
Among the stars who we’ve already lost, world champion boxer Muhammad Ali planned every aspect of his funeral meticulously. Ali gathered family around him and expressed adamantly that his service was an inclusive funeral where all creeds and colours could pay their respects.
Unlike Sarah Harding, music legend David Bowie kept his illness private but he also gave much consideration to how he wanted his send-off to be.
He discussed funeral plans in detail with his wife, Iman, and was cremated in Bali without a formal funeral service. His ashes were scattered quietly on the tropical isle with no fuss or fanfare. It did much to highlight the growing popularity of direct cremations.
Pop legend Prince also planned his own funeral as a similarly simple and private, family-only affair.
In each of these examples, a huge burden is removed from loved ones at a time of grief. A sense of closure about life is also gained for the person who arranges their own funeral.
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