Louise Winter was 25 when she went to her first funeral, her grandfather’s. “It was just so expensive and nothing about it seemed relevant to the times we lived in,” laments the now 30-year-old.
Winter began her career in fashion, but by 28 had taken a radical turn to work in the funeral industry: “I was working long hours, doing lots of presentations, working for clients in boardrooms. And it didn’t mean anything.”
Working with death has been transformative, says the funeral director and founder of Poetic Endings, who has suffered with depression for much of her life: “It’s given me purpose, something to work towards and the sense that life is finite.”
More than 300 funerals have given Winter insight into what makes a good death. “A good death is a good life; it’s about dealing with what life throws at us, being a good person and not avoiding difficulty. We don’t have control over our death, but we do have control of how we live our lives.”
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