Bill Turnbull has started planning his own funeral
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The 64-year-old TV presenter was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017, with the disease later spreading to his spine, ribs, pelvis, hips and legs, and although he hopes that death comes “later rather than sooner”, he has been making preparations.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said:
‘I’m giving serious consideration to what sort of music I would want played at my funeral, whether I want to be buried or cremated, the funeral plan – all that sort of thing’.
However, Bill insisted he is “very, very calm” about death.
‘You’re talking to someone who has an incurable disease so sooner or later it is going to come and get me. Later rather than sooner, hopefully.
‘I’ve thought a great deal about death since I was diagnosed with cancer because he’s there, y’know – the fella with the hood over his head and the scythe. He’s waiting, and that’s fine.
‘I’ve developed quite a healthy relationship with death. I feel very, very calm about it because I’ve given it a lot of thought. There’s no way I’m going to imagine I can live forever, nor would I really want to’.
Bill previously praised his wife Sarah, who he calls Sesi, for being a strong support during his cancer battle.
‘If Sesi is there with me, it’s fine because I can lean on her. She helps me. I hate being on my own now. It gives you too much time to think and you can talk yourself into a dark place.
‘I sometimes think, what must it be like for people who don’t have anybody in their life who get diagnosed with cancer?
‘If you have somebody else with you, particularly someone who loves you truly, madly, deeply, with whom you’ve been for more than 30 years, you can laugh and cry with them. They distract you in many ways. If you have nobody, that’s pretty tough.
‘We go through it together. It has brought us even closer than before. We laugh a lot – most of the time. And work is also a distraction’.