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A Very Welsh Undertaking is a behind the scenes portrait of the modern Welsh funeral director and the funerals of Wales.For the Welsh, death is still very much a taboo subject, but times and attitudes are rapidly changing, the way we deal with our deceased is evolving with more and more people requesting the funeral of their loved one be an altogether more positive and uplifting celebration of their life. A tribute to the personality of the deceased with individual touches that reflect the way they lived their life. From a colourful coffin, a vintage tractor and trailer hearse to an RAF fly past, the series gives us an exclusive look at a number of funerals from all over South Wales with a huge range of themes.
Gareth Jenkins of Port Talbot has arranged thousands of funerals and can average up to ten a week, Hefin Williams is a young funeral director from the Gwendraeth Valley, and James Tovey works in Newport and is following in the footsteps of his great-great-great grandfather. Despite strong traditions in this line of work, funerals in Wales are changing. Enter Helen Williams - can her background as an ex-world champion powerlifter help her shoulder the weight of responsibility as a funeral celebrant?
Funeral directors might deal with death every day, but sometimes something happens that is so shocking it shakes even the most experienced. Gareth Jenkins has to support a family in the toughest of circumstances. Meanwhile Gemma O'Driscoll arranges a colourful funeral with a surprise choice of music. And what happens if you die a long way from home? Matthew Jones of Carmarthen is organising a last journey home for a Bulgarian who was living in Swansea.
How do you dispose of a loved one's ashes? Gareth Jenkins comes up with a sparkling idea for a family in Baglan whose lives have been touched by tragedy. With themed funerals on the rise, James Tovey is tasked with personalising the service of a motorbike fan. Meanwhile, there is anxiety in Laugharne - will the RAF fly-past at a war hero's funeral start on time?
The last episode of the series sees a clown, doves and a touch of jiggery pokery in Newport, as a special ceremony is held for a member of the Magic Circle. With one daughter living abroad and one in the UK, a mother makes a fitting choice for her burial place. And over in Llanelli, an unusually quiet funeral takes place at the wishes of the deceased.
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