Blog Archives: March 2012

Saturday matinée

Saturday, 31 March 2012

 

 

 

 

Come By The Hills — Loreena McKennitt

Friday, 30 March 2012

 

Chosen by celebrant Sue Hopper, and played at a funeral recently.

Thank you again, Sue!

 

Come by the hills to the land
Where fancy is free
And stand where the peaks meet the sky
And the rocks reach the sea
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken
Is gold in the sun
And cares of tomorrow must wait
Till this day is done.

Come by the hills to the land
Where life is a song
And sing while the birds fill the air
With their joy all day long
Where the trees sway in time, and even
The wind sings in tune
And cares of tomorrow must wait
Till this day is done.

Come by the hills to the land
where legend remains
stories of old fill the heart
and may yet come again
Where our past has been lost
and the future has still to be won
And cares of tomorrow
Must wait till this day is done

Come by the hills to the land
Where fancy is free
And stand where the peaks meet the sky
And the rocks reach the sea
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken
Is gold in the sun
And cares of tomorrow must wait
Till this day is done.

Rest In Peace, Grandma

Friday, 30 March 2012

 

“In loving memory of my grandmother. This is at my grandma’s funeral. She lived for over 90 years and was a fierce woman. She was a trooper and lost her husband after she had her 8th child, my dad (at age 17). This loss was extremely difficult for my father and the rest of his family. My dad asked me to take videos and I finally put a short clip together. Everyone you see is part of my extended family (almost all) and this was a part of the grieving process. But enjoy!”

No crematorium curtains for these people. Other features of interest too, yes? 

Tasty

Friday, 30 March 2012

 

From the web page of J & D’s Foods: 

Is there a better way to show your love of bacon forever than to be buried wrapped in it? We don’t think so.  

This genuine bacon casket is made of 18 Gauge Gasketed Steel with Premium Bacon Exterior/Interior, and includes a Memorial and Record Tube, Adjustable Bed and Mattress and Stationary and Swingbar handles. It also includes a bacon air freshener for when you get that buried-underground, not-so-fresh feeling. 

There are all sorts of unusual caskets out there – motorcycles, PBR cans, iPhones, tanks, Star Trek themes and more. We think that your final resting place deserves the eternal glory that is bacon.  

 

Find J & D’s here

An open air cremation in Sri Lanka

Friday, 30 March 2012

 

From an article in the Guardian: 

Perhaps the most egregious use of diplomatic immunity goes to the former Burmese ambassador to Sri Lanka who reportedly murdered his wife before burning her body in his backyard – in full view of spectators and police.

The 1979 incident is recalled by Gerald Hensley, former vice dean of the diplomatic corps in Sri Lanka, who himself heard it secondhand from a Cuban counterpart.

“The story was she had started an affair with a band leader, and when she came back late one evening he shot her. The next morning he was out in Cinnamon Gardens, a suburb of Colombo, carrying logs for the fire,” said Mr Hensley, who also served as New Zealand’s high commissioner to Singapore as well as a posting in Washington, DC.

Neighbours recognised that the Burmese diplomat was making a funeral pyre and informed Sri Lankan police when he then dumped his wife’s body on top.

“It caused quite a stink,” Hensley said, adding: “The ambassador said it was Burmese territory and they couldn’t enter. In the end he was removed by the Burmese government and nobody seems to know what happened to him.”

 

A pity, perhaps, that Mr Hensley did not choose his metaphor more carefully. Read the entire article here

Crematorium — Lithuania

Friday, 30 March 2012

 

Were Ms Mollington to favour something more minimal, this crematorium in Lithuania, the country’s first, we understand, and which was built in the teeth of religious opposition, may arrest her attention. 

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Crematorium — Thailand

Friday, 30 March 2012

Thai royal funeral chariot

 

To all of us at the GFG-Batesville Tower, Lyra Mollington is an elusive and mysterious figure. This is reinforced by her custom of delivering her weekly blog post by means of what she calls ‘drops’, a practice derived, we believe, from espionage. Continue reading

Crematorium — Receptor

Friday, 30 March 2012


 

 

In tribute to Lyra Mollington’s plucky tour behind the scenes of her local crematorium, the team here at the GFG-Batesville Tower offer her this commemorative ballad, Crematorium, by the Receptor ensemble. 

Thoughts of a funeral-goer

Friday, 30 March 2012

 

Posted by Lyra Mollington
I arrived at my local crematorium armed with an airtight box and lots of questions. The box was full of cupcakes and the questions were from family and friends – the random assortment one might expect from people who don’t usually think about death or funerals, let alone talk about the process of cremation. Continue reading

Poseidon — Richard Thompson and Judith Owen

Thursday, 29 March 2012


 

 

Chosen by Sue Hopper, a celebrant in Devon, and played at a funeral recently. 

Thank you, Sue!

 

How can a raindrop still an angry sea
How can a harsh word heal a child
How can your silence
Fill this ancient need in me
How can I read between your lines?

(Chorus)
For I have loved you, my darling,
For a thousand years
And I will love you until the end of time
But you’re as deep as any ocean
And I’m a drowning man
Oh Poseidon, won’t you throw me a line?

So if I go to heaven
If I sleep amongst the clouds
Then will I tell you how I feel
Well, I wish I was an angel
I wish you weren’t so proud
For what I love is all that you conceal

(Chorus)

 

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