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  Posted by Belinda Forbes   As a secular funeral celebrant, I’ve noticed a growing trend for colour at funerals – this could be a general request to wear bright colours or a suggestion to wear something in a particular colour.  At one young man’s funeral, the theme was yellow:
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    Posted by Pippa Wilcox   I wish I could tell you that the real-life stories portrayed in Nell Dunn’s play Home Death are over-dramatised.  But they aren’t.   It seems to be a terrifyingly random lottery out there in terms of whether or not you will stumble across
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  Posted by Charles Cowling   According to the blurb:  Rare, three-strand 28″ (or so) inch necklace made of antique brass beads from Northern India. Originally used in funeral pyres, these beads are then gathered from the ashes and restrung.   Buy them here. 
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  Posted by Ariadne   For an altar there was the chest of drawers in the corner by the window.  Flowers, candles, drawings and sea urchin shells collected from the beach.  The bedroom had turquoise walls or perhaps they were white and it’s just memory doing the decorating.  When everything
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  Posted by Kathryn Edwards   Serbia’s been generating news of late, featuring the Old Carnivore and the Young Herbivore (as one local commentator has characterised the players).  While Djokovic nibbles the Wimbledon lawn and Mladic huffs and postures in the Hague court, there’s been a lot of grave-digging taking
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    Posted by Charles Cowling   Coming soon, A Giving Tribute — ‘the caring alternative to funeral flowers’ — a project I wholeheartedly endorse.  Over in Canada, “Cartoonist Adrian Raeside once placed an obituary in the Times Colonist in which he asked mourners to send singlemalt scotch and Cuban cigars in
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Leonard Cohen, Dance Me to the End of Love, London 2009 Posted by Charles Cowling   I HAVE wonderful friends … one, from Texas, put a hand on my thinning shoulder, and appeared to study the ground where we were standing. He had flown in to see me. “We need
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Death makeup offered by Illamasqua in partnership with Levertons Posted by Charles Cowling   What is the well dressed corpse wearing? Clothes which co-decompose: http://bit.ly/jOJlxm   Aussie undertakers strategise for the future. Better experience, better service. Full marks. http://bit.ly/m8t88b   Music therapy for the dying. Touching. http://nyti.ms/mzIjDW   Queenslanders urged to employ industry
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By Vale Some words seem problematic for the secularist. There was a good to-and-fro recently about ‘ritual’ on the blog a while ago and, in Funerals Without God, Jane Wilson says (a little sniffily to my mind) that Humanists talk about ‘ceremonies’ rather than ‘services’ because ceremonies are about celebration and