Fantasy Funeral Plan for Sherlock Holmes

by Derek Thompson

Published on 3 January 2022

Fantasy funeral plan for Sherock Holmes by

Sherlock Holmes' funeral

A fantasy funeral for Sherlock Holmes, the world-famous consulting detective, would combine order, a minimum of fuss, and an opportunity for mourners to celebrate his greatness in a measured atmosphere. Any reformed members of the criminal underclass would also be welcome to pay their respects. 

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Written with gentle humour, we hope you appreciate the intention to inspire and motivate you to plan your funeral so that you get the funeral you want (or don't want!), and spare loved ones from worrying about the detail at an already difficult time.

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 1.5 min

Dress code for the mourners

Restrained. Tweed or black and white. Nothing flamboyant, although Mrs Hudson may wear an ostentatious hat if she so desires. 


Roses (referenced in A Study in Scarlet*) and white lilies. 

Donations in lieu of flowers

To Inspector Lestrade, c/o Scotland Yard, for an annual award for excellence in detective work and deductive reasoning. 


On entrance

Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty

During reflection

Zigeunerweisen (1904) by Pablo Sarasate**

On exit

Sherlock Holmes by Sparks

(or anything by The Fall!)


Number 1

The first 12 ‘Rules for the Direction of Mind’ by Rene Descartes, read by Dr John Watson: 

Number 2

A reflection on any of Sherlock Holmes’s greatest cases by Dr John Watson and Mycroft Holmes. 

Number 3

A telegram of condolence from Irene Adler.

Celebrity celebrants

Sophia, the world’s greatest AI robot; Stephen Fry and Ian Rankin.


A carriage and two black horses, or perhaps a ‘simple’ Rolls Royce, followed by the Baker Street Irregulars with each one bearing a rose.


A hardwood copper beech casket. A reminder of The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, it would be as elegant as a solution and as solid and unyielding as Mr Holmes had been in the fight against crime and injustice. 


Baskerville Hall in Devon, beside the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, or the Crime Museum at (New) Scotland Yard.


A hearty Holmesian breakfast (whatever the time of day!).***

Self-service - rashers and eggs, scrambled eggs, chicken curry, and kedgeree. 

Also, beef sandwiches and pickled eggs. 

Other instructions

Various pamphlets by Mr Holmes on fascinating topics, such as A Study Of Tobacco Ash or The Variance Of Fountain Pen Pressure Points On Paper, will be available on tables after the service. Please help yourself. 

Unexpected mourners

Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot to a duet of I Know Him So Well. 

* “But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” 

** A preference for German music
In The Red-Headed League, Holmes tells Watson he prefers German music to French or Italian. Holmes attends a concert of German works given by Pablo de Sarasate at St. James’s Hall. “It is introspective, and I want to introspect,” Holmes says.


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About the author 

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is a writer and author, who has written extensively about grief and the funeral industry. He thinks humour is a much-underrated commodity. And thanks to a mix-up, when his name was read out during a committal, instead of his brother’s, he has technically been to his own funeral.

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