A perfect ‘bespoke’ funeral is today’s must-have sendoff

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A perfect ‘bespoke’ funeral is today’s must-have sendoff

They may sound like lavish weddings, but the reality is more sombre - and they don't come cheap

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A bar area with gold taps and alcohol, plush seating in a VIP marquee, a kiddie area, hostesses in matching gowns, designer clothes, luxury cars, and for some even a helicopter.

It may sound like a lavish wedding, but the reality is more sombre: South Africans are bringing bling to bespoke funerals to send off their loved ones in style.

Event coordinators and funeral parlours say grieving families are splashing out tens of thousands of rand to set up posh funerals at cemeteries, in cordoned-off areas between graves...

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