Karl’s never been to a funeral or had to think much about death in his life. But now he’s embarking on a journey around the world to see how other cultures deal with death to help him prepare for his own funeral. Karl’s trip begins in Ghana where he seeks out alternatives to the depressing funerals on offer back home. He goes shopping for a Ghanaian ‘crazy coffin’ (a customised coffin designed in the shape of anything from a hammer to a bottle of beer), before attending his first ever funeral, helping the undertaker display the embalmed body for relatives, before joining a carnival atmosphere of the funeral parade the next day. Karl continues his journey in the Philippines where he discovers a community of people that live and work with the dead, and discovers an unusual alternative to burial on the side of a cliff. In Taiwan Karl is taught how to cry and deal with grief by a professional mourner, before heading over to South Korea where he takes a ‘well dying’ course and experiences his own funeral. Karl’s journey ends back in Britain where he invents an unusual memorial for the woman whose funeral he attended at the start of his trip.