Charles Cowling
It’s been a slow news day here at the GFG luxury penthouse suite in Thanatology Towers. So here’s a very good poem by Owen Sheers. If you like it, buy the collection. It’s called Skirrid Hill and it’s published by seren. On Going i. m. Jean Sheers There were instruments, as there always
Charles Cowling
Here’s what seems to me to be an extraordinary story from the US. It’s a blog post by a mum of four (8, 7, 4, 7 months) about her family field trip to a funeral director. Here’s an extract: When I set up the appointment, the funeral director said, “How
Charles Cowling
There was a nice piece in yesterday’s Mirror about Richard Coles. In the eighties he was one half of the Communards; now he’s a Church of England priest. In an age in which churchpeople are customarily pelted with derision, it’s worth calling to mind some of the virtuous deeds that
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Our prison system is a seldom explored area of death and dying. In fact, little is known about what goes on in our prisons, mostly because people don’t care enough about those inside to be remotely interested in what happens to them. This doesn’t surprise me. Crime angers people. But
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We must hope that spending cuts will result in the excision of not just waste but also the sort of local authority insensitivity which manifests as brainless heartlessness. Here’s an example from Somerset as told by the Daily Mail: Liz Maggs placed a 26-inch high wooden cross bearing a personal
Charles Cowling
Here’s a very interesting looking new film. Synopsis follows. Hat-tip to Liam Roberts for this. For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush. People say he’s done all manner of unspeakable things — that he’s killed in cold blood; that he’s in league with
Charles Cowling
Here’s an incredibly powerful and superbly written account from the New York Times about the consequences of life-extending interventions by medics. It begins: One October afternoon three years ago while I was visiting my parents, my mother made a request I dreaded and longed to fulfill. She had just poured me
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I had an email today from someone in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Is there any funeral home in this area, she wondered, that practises nokanshi. I explained that I couldn’t help: the GFG is UK-based. Then I googled nokanshi. And discovered that it is the ritual preparation, in Japan, of the
Charles Cowling
In case you missed it, Daphne Todd’s portrait of her dead mother won the BP Portrait Award. There is a good account of how it came to be painted and why in the Independent here.
Charles Cowling
Image from Dippy Designs What happens to the minds of those who deal with death every day? How do they cope with the endless procession of grieving people and dead bodies? Is it emotionally healthy to specialise in death? Isn’t undertaking something best combined with a therapeutic something else –