Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson   Doubt: a short, meaning-packed, medieval, Anglo-French word (origin douter) which I doubt many foreigners could pronounce if only seen in written form. Adapted as a verb, noun, adjective and adverb (to doubt, a doubt/doubter, doubtable, doubtably) it, of course, means to be uncertain, consider questionable,
Charles Cowling
  When I was asked if I would permit a crew to film a real biker’s funeral, complete with real mourners I was very cautious and indeed dubious to say the least. Funerals are not there to serve as PR opportunities so I was not keen at all, but while
Charles Cowling
  John Francis Bentley   Posted by Richard Rawlinson   To Clergy House for a council meeting of the Friends of Westminster Cathedral. It’s the council’s job to organise fundraising events from concerts to barbecues for the upkeep of said cathedral, and to plan the best ways to spend the money
Charles Cowling
  I can’t keep up these days, dammit. To my great grief I missed the start of one of the great events of the year, Gail Rubin’s annual 30 Day Challenge. She attends 30 funerals in 30 days, and each day writes each one up in great detail in a
Charles Cowling
St Albans Woodland Burial Ground   Posted by Richard Rawlinson   Back in 2001, The Telegraph ran a story about the Church of England opening its first woodland burial site, Arbory Trust, a consecrated 40-acre plot in Cambridgeshire with trees and flowers replacing gravestones. ‘Other sites cater for pagans and ‘New
Charles Cowling
    It’s a fantastic lineup of brilliant speakers and a great clan gathering — and it’s not too late to buy a ticket!   Saturday 8 September  All the talks will be in the Lower Gardens Suite of the Whitehall Hotel, unless otherwise stated.  9.30am – 10.00 – Reception at
Charles Cowling
  Apologies from the editorial team here at the GFG-Batesville Tower for the recent blog dribble if you’re one of those who enjoy the customary daily torrent. We have been traversing the country with the TV crew who are making a half-hour documentary about the upcoming funeral Oscars ceremony in
Charles Cowling
  A few weeks ago I bumped into a funeral director I like and admire. He was bursting with something he had just learned and needed to share: Ken West is not bonkers, official. He’d met Ken at some do or other and had revelled in a feast of reason and a
Charles Cowling
  I wish I wish we’d had more time, To talk about the life you lead, the things you saw, your thoughts left unsaid. I wish we’d looked to our futures, yours and mine, Shared paths, different lengths of time, I should have followed where you led. I wish I
Charles Cowling
Gulliver is Shown the Aged Struldbrugs – Charles Brock   Following Michael Jarvis’s piece earlier today, I’m beginning to wonder whether death-denial isn’t more prevalent among the elderly than the young. In the September Oldie magazine (strapline: ‘ticking the right boxes’) agony aunt Mavis Nicholson prints a couple of letters from readers: