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  Cambodian royal family members travel on a royal boat as they prepare to drop the ashes of King Norodom Sihanouk into the Mekong river in Phnom Penh. Source.
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Charles Cowling
    No one here at the GFG-Batesville Shard volunteered to do this gig, so we’ve sent along the work experience lad. Probably the last we’ll see of him. The venue is the Royal College of Art. Coco de Mer stock a range of mischiefmaking Valentine’s Day gifts — if
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  At Lower Blakemere Farm in Herefordshire, Heather Gorringe has been growing British flowers for British funerals since just last year. She says:  Most flowers for funerals are just too formal, too regimented, and often just too white. Our flowers will look as if they have been gathered from our garden (and
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  An account of a home funeral:  This is the first time I am so close. There is a body bag on the table, waiting to be opened. Our best friends’ 22-year-old son’s body is inside. His mother and father are across from me, brothers beside, with several women gathered
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Charles Cowling
  From The Star, Toronto:  If Americans knew what bullets did to human flesh, they’d support gun control. So perhaps they should be shown in living colour what bullets do to small bodies. A mere description is insufficient for the literal-minded. Noah Pozner, 6, was one of the 20 child
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Posted by Vale We could do with thinking more about what the scattering of ashes. A while ago Evelyn published a wonderful post on the blog (find it here) about scattering Muriel’s ashes in an ‘open, high place’,  and I came across this  poem recently by Edward Storey. It’s a record
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  Carmella B’Hahn, of Bowden House Community, near Totnes, has allowed us to share here her letter to friends about the death and funeral of her significant companion-animal.  I feel compelled to write about a happening here that has touched me to the core. Many visitors to Bowden House will
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  Cheltenham crem curtains (source)   Posted by Richard Rawlinson  No. 1: The committal is when the curtains of the crematorium’s catafalque close.  The final committal is when the ashes from a cremated body are buried in an urn, or perhaps ceremoniously scattered to the wind. Or, of course, when