Charles Cowling
  Scipio Africanus (1702 – 21 December 1720) was a slave born to unknown parents from West Africa. Very little is known of his life. He was the servant of  Charles William Howard, 7th Earl of Suffolk. Scipio lived in the Great House in Henbury, near Bristol. He died there aged, according to his
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
  Here’s an account by Charles Moore of the funeral of a neighbour: Tony Woodall was a woodman and neighbour of ours in Sussex. Unusually for a rural family in the South East, the Woodalls are Catholics (I am told there was an Irish grandmother in the case). Every Sunday
Charles Cowling
      “I was deeply moved by the appreciation shown by many of my children’s peers for my address at my wife’s funeral; their expression of my bravery for doing so was extremely heart warming. I didn’t feel brave, but what was I to do? What better time to
Charles Cowling
  Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath Keep me in your heart for awhile If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less Keep me in your heart for awhile When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun Keep
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
    “At the funeral, people turned up who the family didn’t even know, presumably workmates of my dad’s or people he’d played rugby with. It didn’t matter that they didn’t try to talk to us, but it mattered a lot that they’d cared enough to turn up. I can
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Gloria Mundi   Another opinionated passage from a sometimes-frustrated celebrant. Please remember – it’s only my opinion! So with apologies to some wonderful funeral directors I know, here goes.   I am not anti-funeral directors. I think their job is frequently stressful and demanding in ways