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How Much is the Coffin in the Window?

Death and taxes come to all of us and a group of Elgin ladies wanted to challenge the reticence that surrounds the end of life with an educational event. Jane Duncan Rogers and Kate Clark had planned three days of talks and information sharing - and put a willow coffin in a shop window to publicise the event.

The coffin was a taboo too far - other businesses complained. The coffin was withdrawn from view and the whole event was then cancelled.

Ms Rogers said: "We put it in the window because we thought it would be attractive for people to look at. It's a beautiful work of work of art. In retrospect we could have been a little bit more sensitive, not everybody thinks like us. That's why we were doing it in the first place though."

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