“Funerals aren’t nice but it couldn’t have been nicer”. The makings of a good funeral

@article{Holloway2013FuneralsAN,
  title={“Funerals aren’t nice but it couldn’t have been nicer”. The makings of a good funeral},
  author={Margaret Holloway and Sue Adamson and Vassos Argyrou and Peter Draper and Daniel Mariau},
  journal={Mortality},
  year={2013},
  volume={18},
  pages={30 - 53}
}
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