Charles Cowling
An interview with Thomas G. Long, author of Accompany Them With Singing – The Christian Funeral. from Westminster John Knox Press on Vimeo. Thomas G Long here, one of this blog’s great heroes. Though he comes at funerals from a Christian viewpoint, most of his ideas have a universal application.
Charles Cowling
There was a little light larking at the Dead Interesting blog last week as we debated best funeral songs for atheists. Off the tops of our heads we came up with You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Bob Dylan, No God – Darkest Hour, Heaven is a Place on Earth –
Charles Cowling
Michael Parkinson HM Government Dignity Ambassador for old people, and… …the face behind Sun Life funeral plans, which are… …Co-operative funeral plans. Tut tut.
Charles Cowling
From their press release: Singers for Funerals is the brainchild of two professional opera singers, mezzo soprano Kirsty Young and soprano Toni Nunn. Both have performer with professional opera companies across the UK and beyond, including Kirsty’s own company, Hatstand Opera. Between them, the two ladies have sung in over
Charles Cowling
There’s a new book out about dying and death. It’s called, appropriately, The D-Word. Now, there’s a heap of books out there about long-term care of the very ill; there’s another heap about bereavement. We don’t urgently need more of them. But there’s hardly anything out there about grim D.
Charles Cowling
Dave Matthews here, supporting my campaign for shallower burial. Want the lyric? Find it here.
Charles Cowling
The novelist Martin Amis has called for euthanasia booths on street corners, where elderly people can end their lives with “a martini and a medal”. The author of Time’s Arrow and London Fields even predicts a Britain torn by internal strife in the 2020s if the demographic timebomb of the
Charles Cowling
No new technology devised for the improved disposal of dead bodies has managed to achieve both efficiency and spectacle. There’s a perfectly good reason for this: the brains behind cremation and cryomation and resomation never reckoned spectacle to be a selling point. After all, funerals in the UK are private
Charles Cowling
Interesting piece in the Earth Times on how Germans are doing funerals differently: Germany is experiencing a new type of culture of bereavement. People are moving away from the classic funeral with a priest and familiar rituals to one that confronts grief and death in a more personal way. “Germany’s
Charles Cowling
Another home funeral story today. It’s beautiful. And the account was written by a man. So much of what read about home funerals is by women, so it’s good to have this balance. It’s called No Grey Suits. Grey Suits = funeral home staff. You can download it as a