Charles Cowling
  At the end of a day when we have considered the plight of old people in an age-revolted, death-denying culture, let’s celebrate the resurrection of Engelbert Humperdinck. The song above would make a great funeral song; the one below wouldn’t.   The days of autumn splendor Those moments, warm
Charles Cowling
  From an episode of Ally McBeal, a US television series, whose eponymous lead role was played by Callista Flockhart who, for those of you who disdain Heat magazine (whatever that is), is married to Harrison Ford. A real (yeah yeah, cheesy) heartwarmer, this, but we love it. 
Charles Cowling
      Hat tip the Funeral Consumers Alliance for alerting us to this cartoon feature in The New Yorker here. There’s a couple of other good death cartoons in it.
Charles Cowling
        Extracts from an excellent article in the Washington Post:  I know where this phone call is going. I’m on the hospital wards, and a physician in the emergency room downstairs is talking to me about an elderly patient who needs to be admitted to the hospital. The patient
Charles Cowling
    “People come to you and say ‘Do you mind if I ask you how old you are?’ And you say ‘no’. It’s as if they want to say ‘Will you show me your arse?’ It’s some weird idea that it’s shameful to be old, something that is sick
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Jon Underwood, founder of the Death Café project   “In this case, ignorance is not bliss. With death, ignorance is fear.” Caitlin Doughty – The Order of the Good Death The UK Commission on Improving Dignity in Care chose the 29th of February to drop their bombshell in the form