Miriam Margolyes has been thinking about dying (Picture: BBC)Miriam Margolyes has already got her funeral planned out, right down to the coffin she wants to be buried in.
The actress has had one made exactly to her liking, but admits it’s still in the shop.
‘I haven’t collected it yet, I’ve got to go and get it, it’s waiting for me. It’s all packed up.,’ she told Metro.co.uk.
‘I have to go and get it and get it up the stairs to the attic.’
Although dying is a bit of a taboo subject for most of us, the actress has faced her fear knows how she wants to be remembered when she passes away.
The 77-year-old said: ‘I think I’d like my funeral to be a party really, for my friends. So I shall set aside some money for that.
‘I hope people will miss me and be sad that I’ve died because they won’t see me again. But they will be glad that they’ve known me I hope, and that’s what I want. That people will notice that I’m not there any more.’
She feels we struggle to discuss dying because there is ’embarrassment’ around the subject.
Miriam looks at different attitudes towards death in a new documentary (Picture: BBC)‘It’s a very deep human loathing of death,’ she explained. ‘I think we all have it and you can tell from literature and poetry that as long as people have reflected on life, they have feared death. It’s part of being alive, being scared of not being alive.’
Miriam is fronting a new documentary looking at how we talk about death, which she described as ‘personal therapy’ for helping her overcome her fears about death.
In the two-part series she meets a 19-year-old who is battling cancer, and a group of people in the US who refuse to believe they will one day die.
‘I’d love to meet someone who has never died!’ Miriam joked.
Miriam meets celebrants Kate and Kate, who run The Coffin Club (Picture: BBC)‘I met incredible people and also quite wacky people. They had ideas that I found hard to go along with, and that’s helped me make up my mind about what I think about it.’
And she insists that none of the approaches she encountered stuck with her after the making the films, and will stick firmly to her own method of simply living well.
‘I think keeping yourself fit and funny is the best way,’ Miriam said.
Miriam’s Dead Good Adventure airs 21 April at 9pm on BBC Two.
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