No funeral for Hitch.

Peter explains:

as Christopher donated his body to medical science, there has not been and will not be any funeral. He took this decision partly because of his religious (or rather non-religious) opinions, and partly because, much influenced by his friend Jessica Mitford and her book ‘The American Way of Death’, he disliked what he regarded as the excesses of the American funeral industry.

I wonder if he donated his body for research rather than his organs for others on the grounds that none of them would be any good, having been shrivelled up by alcohol and cigarettes? After all, we’re talking 15,000 fags a year, for many decades. That’s 40 a day, to add to the half-bottle+ of wine, on top of further drink. Or did he read something to suggest it could do more good, whatever that might mean?

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