Charles Cowling
  The reasons why most of us require the presence of a dead body at a funeral are well rehearsed. There’s more to this than force of habit.  In a nutshell, the dead body concentrates the mind and brings appropriate intensity to the occasion. It’s an ordeal, but an emotionally
Charles Cowling
    This was played last week at the funeral of Andy Bowes of Barrow-in-Furness. He died aged 37 after an accident at work, leaving a wife and three children.  Andy’s sister said this about him: You wanted to go everywhere with me, which became a pain when I got older. I
Charles Cowling
  From the message board at GoneTooSoon:  Q. Could someone help I already remove the candles of the person I would like to block can I still block them if so how? Thank you A. hiya courtney to be able to block anyone the have to be in the list of
Charles Cowling
    “The absorbing fact about being mortally sick is that you spend a good deal of time preparing yourself to die with some modicum of stoicism (and provision for loved ones), while being simultaneously and highly interested in the business of survival.”   Christopher Hitchens      
Charles Cowling
  Somewhen, we talked here on the blog about how good it would be if living composers wrote music for funerals, especially for processions and committals. I even wrote to a composer with the suggestion, and he said he’d think about it. Can’t remember who he was, now. Don’t know
Charles Cowling
  The young wife of a man who has died of cancer goes to see him one last time at the funeral director. She is destroyed by grief and asks her celebrant to go with her for support. She spends quite some time with her husband. As she turns to
Charles Cowling
Posted by Vale We’ve all heard people say it, but now an extensive survey carried out by a major national chain has confirmed it: 61.5% of adult males over the age of 60 really do want to be put into a black plastic bag and thrown on the rubbish heap.
Charles Cowling
Architect’s impression of the proposed Weymouth Tower of Silence   Posted by Charles   In a move which is sending shockwaves through an English tourist resort, council chiefs in Weymouth, Dorset, have given the go-ahead for followers of the Zoroastrian religion to expose the bodies of their dead in the
Charles Cowling
Posted by Debbie Smith   Anything seems to go when it comes to coffins nowadays, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the recent craze for cupcakes has had a morbid makeover.  Cupcakes, suitably adorned, have become a must-have accessory for contemporary funerals – both as an eye-catching centre piece at