It’s strange but true; planning your own funeral is the wildly popular new trend among 30-somethings... so much so that funeral consultant and founder of Poetic Endings, Louise de Winter – aka the Mary Poppins of Death – has seen a surge in requests for personalised and unique services.
“We're training as yoga teachers and incorporating meditation into our daily lives,” she told Stylist.co.uk. “We question everything and want to know that the work we're doing is fulfilling and purpose-led. There's no way we'd go for expensive funerals with glossed over grief. We're the generation who wants to say, feel and do everything and our funerals will reflect that. We're also just much better at talking about things. Whether that's sex, health issues or death.”
So it makes sense that Kim Cattrall – aka trendsetter, actor, and feminist life guru – is already on board with the trend
While she hasn’t planned out her entire funeral per se, the 60-year-old Sex and the City star has already picked out her own burial plot in her native England’s Liverpool.
And she recently let slip that there’s already a gravestone engraved with her name.
“It’s where I went to school as a kid. It was a very enriching, life-altering experience going back there. It’s where I want to go and rest when this fantastic ride is over – I feel biblical about it,” she told The Mirror.
“There is a headstone waiting with my name, my birthdate and then a dash and space for the date of my death.
“It’s a family grave and there is space left for me.”
Cattrall, who is set to grace our television screens this Christmas in BBC One’s The Witness for the Prosecution, was born in the Mossley Hill area of Liverpool and her family emigrated to Canada when she was three months old, but then Cattrall returned to the city when she was 11 and spent the next five years in the UK.
She recently spent time in Liverpool filming the Agatha Christie drama – and has said returning to Merseyside made her feel at home, not to mention closer to her late father, Dennis, who “was a huge fan of Liverpool FC and never lost his accent”.
The talented actor went on to admit that thinking so much about her dad, who passed away four years ago after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, did make her think about her own mortality. However she added that she refuses to be afraid of what the future holds; instead, she is going to treasure all of the precious moments of the present.
“I’m concerned about Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “It took my father. But that’s your DNA. It’s part of life. And I’m trying not to be so fear-based. It’s a wake-up call to enjoy life, more than anything else.
“I want to make the most of the time that I have where I’m healthy and mobile. My mother is all there – she’s 87 and amazing.”
Cattrall added that she is trying to “discover and embrace” the ageing process as and when it happens to her.
While Cattrall is happy to embrace the ageing process, she has made it very clear that she is not intending to retire any time soon.
Just a few weeks ago, she hinted that she is set to reprise her SATC role as the straight-talking, sexually empowered, generally awesome Samantha Jones.
And, taking to Instagram last week, she shared a mysterious photograph on a film set for a “secret project”.
“Channelling Ms Samantha Jones once again…” she captioned the shot.
And, as previously mentioned, Cattrall is set to showcase her period drama credentials in The Witness for the Prosecution.
Adapted from one of Agatha Christie’s lesser-known short stories, the script (which has been penned by Sarah Phelps, a long-time writer on EastEnders) takes us back to 1920s London. The plot revolves around Leonard Vole (Billy Howle) as he is arrested for the brutal murder of a glamorous socialite, shortly after being named the sole heir to her enormous fortune. Tad suspicious, wouldn’t you say?
Cattrall is set to play Emily French in the BBC One adaptation, which will be aired on Boxing Day and the day after – and, while little is known about her role, stills from the show have confirmed she’s getting some seriously sumptuous costumes. And a very fluffy Bond villain-esque cat.
Roll on Boxing Day 2016…