Sunday Assembly Reading - Death

Event Details

17 September 2017
Event Region:
South Central
Contact Name: Stephen Fenwick-Paul, Chair
Email Address:
Phone number:
The Reading and District Irish Centre, 96 Chatham Street

Ru Callender is a self-taught, self-proclaimed radical green undertaker, ritualist and sexton (graveyard managers) who jointly run The Green Funeral Company. They have been undertakers for 17 years, and sextons for 3 and are coming to speak at Sunday Assembly about death, bodies, ritual and grief.


Through their work, they have seen that what happens in between a death and the funeral is often more important than the funeral itself. Together with the family, they co create, write and hold the ceremony. They don't employ bearers to carry the body, they don't embalm, they don't have a fleet of fancy cars. They do everything through the relationship formed between themselves and the family.


Ru is campaigning to change crematoriums and is part of a campaign to re legalise outdoor funeral pyres. They cite rave and punk as their influences. 


We can't wait to see you there and have fun celebrating life (and death) with you all! 


Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations.


The Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre. Members of Sunday Assembly believe in Living Better, Helping Often and Wondering More, for no other reason than to make the most of the one life we know we have. Sunday Assembly welcome all, of all ages and of all backgrounds.

The next Assembly is at The Reading and District Irish Centre, Chatham Street on 17th September. Doors open at 10:30 am with the Assembly starting at 11 am.


Songs are: Bohemian Rhapsody, Always Look on The Bright Side of Life, Perfect Day and Over The Rainbow. 


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