Saturday matinee

Charles Cowling



A Catholic funeral in Tonga.

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5 thoughts on “Saturday matinee

  1. The Good Funeral Guide – Brass is best – The Good Funeral Guide

    […] you enjoyed the brass band in Saturday’s film of a Catholic funeral in Tonga here, you’ll love the Green Street Mortuary Band. It plays for Chinese funerals in San Francisco. […]

  2. Charles Cowling
    Jenny Uzzell

    Thanks for the new link, Charles. Very interesting.
    The thing that strikes me most here as the ‘big difference’ from British funerals is the sense of community. I do not know who the lady whose funeral this was was, whether she was a community leader or not, but she was clearly a valued part of a very large community. In Britain this community system is, I think, very much in decline and we are becomming very issolationist. This is ref;ected by recent comments about collections at crematoria being used for funeral expenses, or not, and may, I think, be the biggest barrier to Charles, vision of a true funeral co-operative (with a little c). The dead do, indeed, belong to ‘their own’ but in British modern society most of our dead do not have many of ‘their own’ so it perhaps no surprise that those they do have are a little overwhelmed at the prospect. This is, I suspect, at its height (I do not present it as a good or bad thing, merely as a ‘thing’) among the British white middle classes who do not belong to a particular religious community. I suspect that it has a pretty fundamental effect on our attitude to funerals.
    What do people think?

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Jenny Uzzell

    Sounds as if it was fascinating. Sadly, all I am getting is ‘sorry, this video does not exist’. Just my luck 🙂

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling
    james showers

    Indeed, a lot of theatre for your money – 2 bands, 6 (?) clergy, 30m of calico sunshade for the ‘pall bearers’. And a load of flowers. The procession behind the 4 x 4 I really liked, echoing our Victorian (?) tradition of coffin bearers being covered and walking underneath by the ‘pall’.
    This was all fantastic, tho I didn’t quite see if it was a burial as in most Catholic traditions.
    The man sitting with the big empty armchair beside him was so profound. I wonder if we could incorporate this sometimes as a potent symbol of loss and absence.
    Nice find, Charles.

    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling
    Lyra Mollington

    Now imagine this done by the Co-op or Dignity. Bet all those extras would soon add up…

    Charles Cowling

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