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Editor's eye: Are beer and fags really the best tributes to the dead?
FITTING tribute or a filthy mess cluttering our streets. What is this modern obsession with providing food and drink for the dead?
Four cans of Stella, a packet of fags, a West Ham shirt, a picture of a dead cat and a meat pie — the perfect selection of items to see you safely into the next life.
In times past, different cultures felt it essential to send the dead on their way with appropriate objects, if you were lucky they even killed a goat. However, I thought we’d moved on to the point where we said our goodbyes at the Crem and either gave flowers or a contribution to charity.
But, some folk seem hell bent on recreating shrines. To be fair this started with perfectly reasonable displays of floral tributes left carefully at the roadside. But, it has progressed to the point where bottles of Smirnoff Ice are being left on pavements and then relatives are shocked and upset when living teenagers nick and down them.
I’m the last person who’d try and tell people how they should grieve, but littering highways is not a good idea for anyone. And then there’s the cost of the council clear-up.
With some of the items being left at shrines it does make you wonder what might be next? Shoes, a bottle of tomato ketchup, a mucky mag?
I think it might be sensible for us to return to respecting our dead, laying them to rest peacefully and remembering them for all the good things they did while they were alive.
After all, the departed don’t benefit from having a tide of detritus left behind in their memory.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Add your comments below.