One of the things that constantly changes in our lives is how we treat death and the rituals around that inevitability.
The cathartic wakes of long ago — cold roasts, snuff, loose porter and sherry by the half hogshead — are no longer common.
Cremation is increasingly popular and the trend, which began when Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on it for Catholics in 1963, means that one-in-five people choose not to be buried.
There are several reasons, not least finite graveyard space in some urban areas.
Because of this, we need to do more to facilitate cremation by offering graveyard space where ashes might be placed.
Kerry County Council is that latest local authority to be challenged on this issue, as the county’s newest graveyard has no such facility, though tenders to build one will be sought immediately.
A council meeting has been told that bereaved families are storing loved-one’s ashes in “cupboards”.
The trend towards cremation will only accelerate, so it seems reasonable to plan to make it a success by facilitating urn storage in cemeteries with room to accommodate them.