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Exit strategies

Jason Price is owner of Price & Co independent family funeral directors in Lincoln, which he set up last year after many years in the industry He is married to Yvette and has four children and one grandchild.

“Yvette is under strict instructions to get a colourful coffin with various photos taken throughout our life together on the sides and a full size picture of me on the top. This must show me smiling and showing ‘thumbs up’.

My service would be simple and fun would involve the minister reading a letter from me ‘beyond the grave’. I’d like the service to be non-religious, although I would like everyone to sing the hymn Jerusalem, as it’s a favourite of mine.

The music I’d choose as my final entrance would be Burn Baby Burn (Disco Inferno) by The Trammps to make everybody smile and the music on the way out would be mine and Yvette's song – which is so personal that only she would know it.  

My ashes would to go to her, so that when she passes we can go together privately at a secret location – our children know the place. Then we’d be, er, done and dusted – quite literally.

Yvette has her own strategy, which is far more expensive – as, of course, is her privilege! I am under strict instructions to get a white carriage pulled by white horses and a limed-oak coffin with 100 white roses on top. (I said it was expensive.)

Her music to go into the crem would be picked by our children, followed by Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy. This is ironic, as we go metal detecting when we can! It would be our private song again on the way out (although by the time the second one of us passes, it won’t be private anymore). Her ashes would come to me as above so we can be together forever.

Apart from the roses on Yvette’s coffin, we’d have no other flowers at either funeral. We would however, like donations to go to our local hospice St Barnabas.”

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