Charles Cowling
  “I wonder if,  working with funerals  and the bereaved,  one can also be too attached to the idea of death,  taking refuge in it.” Clarissa Tan
Charles Cowling
  The composer Benjamin Britten’s last words to his sister, Barbara: “Sorry, old thing.”    
Charles Cowling
  Crosbie Matthew      
Charles Cowling
  “Families come together for weddings, yes. But they come closer together at funerals.”   Source  
Charles Cowling
  “I suppose it’s a cliché to say you’re glad to be alive, that life is short, but to say you’re glad to be not dead requires a specific intimacy with loss that comes only with age or deep experience. One has to know not simply what dying is like,
Charles Cowling
  “Families that live and purchased their homes there never once thought there would be a funeral home and the reminder of death on a daily basis.”   Mayor Dennis Michael speaks for the townspeople of Rancho Cucamonga, California, in opposition to plans to open a funeral home.
Charles Cowling
  “The end of life can be big drama, that’s for sure. In nearly a decade of doing this work, I’ve witnessed momentous final decisions; conversations carried on with mysterious, unseen figures; visions of the afterlife; and eleventh-hour forgiveness. We release each other–one back to the seen, known world and
Charles Cowling
  “Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to a fallen fool.”   Statement issued by the never knowingly understated Westboro Baptist Church. More here.       
Charles Cowling
  “You don’t mind if I go, do you?” “No, Granny, it’s been nice having you.” Libby Purves’ daughter to her grandmother on her last day. 
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  “I didn’t (mention it)? That’s terrible… Oh Christ Almighty, what an oversight. Oh man, me big brother’s gonna kill me… Do you know I forgot to mention me mum’s passing? I can’t believe it…“   Rod Stewart, after an an interviewer had pointed out the omission from his autobiography of any