Charles Cowling
We may or we may not grow bored with people who tease and tantalise our appetites for new stuff we don’t actually need. Whether you’re the sort of person whose ears prick up when the ads come on, or whether, like me, you go fill your glass with yet more
Charles Cowling
My Dead Girlfriend is a Canadian blog written by a man with a to-die-for name, Abra Cadaver. How we all wish we’d thought of that. He’s more of an occasional blogger, these days. But when he reaches for his keyboard he’s really worth reading. If you haven’t wandered through his
Charles Cowling
From the Salt Lake Tribune: Brother Felix McHale, one of the founders of Utah’s 63-year-old Trappist monastery, was sent out of this world Tuesday the same way he lived: simply. After a funeral Mass in the chapel at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity, Felix was lowered into his grave
Charles Cowling
I’d hoped to have a sprightly little post for you yesterday on the matter of funeral costs. The trade body representing the interests of independent funeral directors, Saif, commissioned Ipsos MORI (how apt, that MORI!) to research funeral directors’ charges. A friendly funeral director emailed me to tell he’d just
Charles Cowling
Many thanks to James Showers for this link to some good pics of mobster funerals.
Charles Cowling
Might we all live 100 years longer? 1000? (Aubrey de Grey) en Yahoo! Video Is the first person to live to 1,000 alive today? Aubrey de Grey, talking above at a TED conference, is just one of the scientists dedicated to helping us do that – not that he intends
Charles Cowling
We worry about our football clubs. Many are encumbered by stonking debts. Manchester United owes £716 million. What of our big undertaking businesses? Well, Dignity Caring Funeral Services has just published figures which provide the current answer to that question. And the answer is (sit down, please, and clutch your
Charles Cowling
There’s a very interesting blog developing over at Funerary Ramblings. If you’ve not been there, pop across. Today’s ramblings take an amble through attitudes to undertakers. It’s very good. So here’s to you, Funerary Rambler. You’ve probably not come across our Jake Thackray. Here are the words: I am a
Charles Cowling
Marvellous, isn’t it, the feats of ingenuity those of an entrepreneurial bent are capable of in dreaming up schemes to part the bereaved from a pretty penny? I love Eternal Voicemail. They transfer a dead person’s mobile phone voicemail message to a voicemail box. Anyone who’s got the dead person’s
Charles Cowling
It seems unthinkable that the practice of direct cremation, direct burial – the rapid and unceremonious disposal of the dead – could land on our shores. It’s been preying on my mind. Now I’m not so sure. Here’s a view from Rabbi Mark S Glickman writing in the Seattle Times