Charles Cowling
  Source “Blessed be the inventor of photography! I set him above even the inventor of chloroform! It has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has cast up in my time or is like to — this art by which even the poor can
Charles Cowling
  A retired couple in Northumberland have discovered that an unregarded planter in their garden is in fact a Roman sarcophagus dating from the first or second century AD. They stand to make £100,000 by selling it at auction. Full story in the Daily Mail here.  FACT: The word ‘sarcophagus’
Charles Cowling
  From an article in last Sunday’s Sunday Times:  You may not be part of Britain’s 6.4m-strong army of carers yet, but if your parents are still alive, the dilemmas surrounding how to look after them as they get older will surely come. Future Identities, a government report published last week, drew attention
Charles Cowling
  You can have the GFG blog spewed into your Facebook feed if that’s how you’d rather ‘consume’ your deathnews.  Type, er… hang on a minute… ah, yes, ‘Good Funeral Guide’ into the searchbox, go to the page, and ‘like’ it.  Brings a refreshing chill to the heedless merriment of
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Sara Elliot In case you missed it earlier in the week (it was hiding as a comment) — ED My mother’s funeral should have been a carbon copy of my father’s.  We therefore dispensed with the services of a Funeral Director, having effectively already had the Dress
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson How much emphasis in your funeral do you want to be on a celebration of your past life, and how much on a future life beyond death?  
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
  In the southern states of the US they like to eat big after a funeral — heart-attack food, mostly. No polite little British ham sandwiches and finger food for Texans. It says a lot about the difference in grieving styles between us and them.  Here, a Baptist minister proposes
Charles Cowling
   Posted by Richard Rawlinson In recent decades the emphasis of funerals has gone from forward-looking to backward-looking. The traditional funeral marked the transition from this life to the future life beyond death. Details of the life of the dead person were less significant than the existence of the immortal soul.
Charles Cowling
  “Sometimes I think grief is love that has been made homeless.” Source