Deborah James († 40) planned her funeral
“I wish for a somber funeral”
BBC presenter Deborah James meticulously planned her funeral before she died. Not all of her loved ones have complied.
Published: 06/07/2022 at 16:29
Updated: 06/07/2022 at 18:02
BBC presenter Deborah James († 40) suffered from end-stage colon cancer and then died surrounded by her family, as she announced on Instagram last Tuesday.
During the difficult time, the British woman was accompanied by the camera and gave interviews. She told the British “The Times” how she imagined her funeral. From the dress code to the drinks menu to the music.
“It sounds morbid, but I want a somber funeral,” said the podcaster shortly before her death. She also knew exactly how the guests should come dressed: “In black and white because I think people look good in black and white.”
The British journalist chose a large church in the London district of Barnes for the funeral service. She had expressed a wish for the drinks menu to her husband Sebastian Bowen: “I leave the decision about the reception to Seb – as long as there is tequila.”
A rose is now called Deborah James
A picture posted on social media shows the presenter’s parents, Heather James and Alistair James, dressed neither in black and white nor with a glass of tequila in hand. At least not at this funeral service: During a visit to a garden festival at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, they raised their glasses in honor of their daughter.
Dame Deborah James has now had her own rose species dedicated to her with numerous honors and a title of nobility.
memories for their children
The late presenter leaves behind her children Eloise (12) and Hugo (14). Saying goodbye to them is what concerns the mother of two the most. So she thought about asking people to bring a photo or a funny anecdote.
“How else are my children supposed to collect memories of people from my life that they don’t know?” Her mother’s image would fade over time. At least that way the two could rely on these photos and videos, James explains. (sod)