Tonight on BBC Four you can watch Some People with Jokes, Series 2, Some Funeral Directors with Jokes, “He loved to go fast.” Wonderfully Paul is on with a number of funeral directors he works for around the country, so you are seeing a bunch of professionals who enjoy each others company, if not their gags!
Humour is a marvellous thing, especially at a time of great loss. Often it’s something funny that helps people through. At one funeral in Kent I was taking the service as well as riding the motorbike hearse and the widow was distraught. This poor lady was near falling apart in front of me and to get her through the door of the crematorium was traumatic. Finally, to a jam packed room, I began the service and as someone was giving the eulogy a mobile went off. To my horror, it was mine! I will never forget the look on that lady’s face as her tears of loss turned to tears of laughter. That was many years ago, but to this day people pull my leg about it. It wasn’t deliberate, indeed I was mortified, but it was just what she needed. Humour, tasteful and sensitive humour in particular, is a wonderful thing at a time of loss.
Well, I hope you enjoy the show! Fortunately they have managed to find some of the best funeral directors in the UK, so these are people who are serious about what they do, passionate and sensitive, but they also like a good healthy laugh. Tonight, BBC4 10:30pm.