The Faulconbridge General Cemetery is an early cemetery in the Blue Mountains and contains monuments to a number of important citizens in the history of Faulconbridge, most notably the grave of Sir Henry Parkes who established the cemetery and features a central obelisk monument.
The average cost of a basic funeral in the U.K. at an all-time high of 3,785 pounds ($7.190.00 AU), nearly one in eight people in Britain go into debt to bury or cremate loved ones, according to a 2019 study by insurer Royal London. The average debt is almost 2,000 pounds and pushes many into poverty, the annual study found.
But social enterprises have begun springing up to tackle “funeral poverty”, often brought on by upselling of products and services such as flowers and cars that can send grieving families deep into debt.
Heather Adams, writing for Rewire.com, mentions that In 1997, The Onion published the article, “World Death Rate Holding Steady at 100 Percent.” While immortality is a quest for lots of fictional characters — like Voldemort and the Cullens from “Twilight” — and a few Silicon Valley elites like Jeff Bezos, that headline from The Onion still holds true more than two decades later.