Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale   Can the obituaries published in Icelandic newspapers tell us anything about our changing attitudes to death and dying? Obituaries are a national pastime in Iceland. Every day the leading national newspaper – the Morgungblaðið – publishes pages and pages of them. And they are read
Charles Cowling
The guys and gals at Eulogy Magazine have run rather a good story to earth and, in the process, attracted a libel threat from the Sue Ryder charity, which they have responded to by proclaiming it in a press release. Nice one, bredren! At the beginning of 2011, Eulogy discovered that Sue
Charles Cowling
See more of Janne Parviainen’s brilliant work by clicking on his category below. See the whole of his film, which uses around 800 light painting photos, when it’s released on 26 August at http://www.hahmo.biz/
Charles Cowling
Photo by Nicobobinus   Posted by Cadaverous   This week, like much of the country, I have been watching the riots that ripped apart our communities. I don’t only mean watching the incessant news updates and reading the reams of angry and insightful comment. I was immersed in events themselves
Charles Cowling
  The Vatican Bank   Posted by Richard Rawlinson   It’s invariably the breaking of rules that’s considered scandalous by the media, whether a tabloid splash about a married celebrity’s romp with a prostitute, or a Guardian scoop about the illegal phone hacking that secured such a story. But sometimes
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Sweetpea   On holiday, I bought myself a new book of poetry by one of my favourite poets, Billy Collins, published by Picador Poetry.  What a treat:   Every morning since you disappeared for good,  I read about you in the daily paper  along with the box
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson   Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine (Eternal rest give to them, O Lord). There is often talk about the tone of funerals: the balance between celebrating a life and grieving a loss; the ratio of bespoke parts reflecting individuality, to formulaic parts reflecting the universality
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale   ‘Aren’t undertakers old, gray of complexion, gaunt and, well, creepy?’ It’s the opening question in a 2007 article in America’s Obit magazine and, of course, the answer is no – as evidenced by the photographs shown in a calendar displaying all that is best of
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson   First, may I thank this blog’s host for encouraging me to think about my own expectations of funerals as a Catholic. One readily assumes theists and atheists approach funerals differently, just as we part ways on the subject of the soul’s life after the