Posted by Lyra Mollington
Oh my goodness! What a week I’ve had! It all started with my dear friend Daisy. Fortunately her GP says she will make a full recovery. Apparently we ignore the dangers of novelty slippers at our peril. It’s not only the cold snaps that are killing our senior citizens – it’s ill-fitting footwear.
“Every year in the UK more than 5,000 people die in accidents in the home… But, because the accidents happen behind closed doors in isolated incidents they rarely attract public and media attention.” Thus claims RoSPA here.
Anyway, it got me thinking. I really must plan ahead – after last week’s failed attempt to talk to my children about funeral plans, I started to write out a few ideas. It was then that the phone rang – it was my sister letting me know that our cousin Trevor has died. And I’m fairly sure that slippers were not the cause.
As to the funeral, it’s all very fascinating. Apparently, after a visit to Thailand to “find himself”, Trevor became interested in Buddhism. I’m told that his poor wife is currently researching Buddhist beliefs on the internet. The funeral is next week – I plan to take notes and report back. Of all the world faiths, Buddhism must surely be the most level-headed and pragmatic so I’m expecting dignified and fuss-free.
Buddhists of course believe in rebirth – I only hope that Trevor moderates his alcohol intake in the next life.
“Even the gorgeous royal chariots wear out; and indeed this body too wears out. But the teaching of Goodness does not age; and so Goodness makes that known to the good ones.”