Creating ambience

Charles Cowling



Regular blog reader Melissa Stewart has been getting into the spirit of Christmas by burning incense made by the Cistercian monks of Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire. “I like the waft when I’m singing carols,” she says.

She writes to suggest that incense would work well for some funerals. It all depends on the venue, of course — you couldn’t do it at the crem. But she’s absolutely right in suggesting that, as all good religions know, a good funeral should appeal to all the senses. Secularists, take notice. 

You can order best-quality incense online from Prinknash (pronounced ‘Prinnash’) Abbey and pay for it through PayPal. It comes in a range of scents, some of which, as you might have supposed, are created from secret recipes. 

Find the Prinknash Abbey website here


4 thoughts on “Creating ambience

  1. Charles Cowling

    The mood in Funeralworld is growing ever more Christmassy, I see.

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Paul Hensby

    We don’t want monks with dirty habits.

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling

    Ah, yes, I’ve just checked; they’re Benedictines. I was deceived by the white habit of the monk mixing the incense. Perhaps it’s protective clothing. My apologies to St Bernard of Citeaux and to St Benedict of Subiaco

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling
    Melissa Stewart

    I thought they were Benedictines but no matter. Thanks for sharing!

    Charles Cowling

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