Charles Cowling
I know a lot of you like a good gangster funeral. This one’s not premier cru, but it’s not bad. “My father was no saint,” Ryan McElroy, one of Mr. McElroy’s three children, said in a eulogy. “But people said he could light up a room. He’s been away 15,
Charles Cowling
Three views here about what a funeral is for by Christian holy people in response to this article here. Something that allows space for people of all faiths and none to recognise that our lives are about more than the acquisition of wealth and bigger than the sometimes compartmentalised lives
Charles Cowling
The best obituaries are to be found in the Victoria Times Colonist. Its archive of obits will prove a treasure trove for social historians of the future. Here’s an especially fine one — he sounds like a lovely guy. I like the scattergun approach. The task of collecting single words
Charles Cowling
Back in April I reported the story of the undertaker who forged a client’s signature on a cremation form  and then had the body cremated without their knowledge. The body was that of a 26 week-old boy, Sonny. His parents had wanted to dress him and put special items in his
Charles Cowling
Photo stolen from Paul and Marion Sinclair’s blog Ray Bidiss’s trike hearse world speed record got the newswires humming. When I heard it I paused and pondered. I think I said ooh. Maybe you did, too. Didn’t hear about it? Read about it here. Take nothing away from Ray, he
Charles Cowling
Tom Jones – Ain’t No Grave found on Pop Here’s another song. Johnny Cash used to sing it. This is the Tom Jones version. I seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. It won’t last. There’ll be time to catch up, I’m afraid. There ain’t
Charles Cowling
Here is the best post this blog will ever publish, so don’t glance at its length and give up. Read on! Today is all about Bill Jordan. I first heard from Bill back in December 2010. This is what he said: I am an aging reformed biologist, now more or
Charles Cowling
Four comments here from this article in yesterday’s Guardian. Organising the funeral for my 17 year old son, who died in an accident overseas in Sept 2008, was made vastly easier by the wonderfully kind funeral director and an equally wonderful C of E Canon – a Canon whose first
Charles Cowling
  Cancer has taken Christopher Hitchens’ voice. Read his beautifully written essay about it here.
Charles Cowling
The toiling wretches at GFG Central were arrested in their labours the other day by the discovery of a doppelganger in New Zealand — Good Funeral Guide NZ. They uttered a heartwarming if parched cheer as the overseers, puzzled by the commotion, moved in with their whips. GFG NZ is