Charles Cowling
  What a professional mourner might look like   When media people phone the press office here at the GFG-Batesville Shard, their requests for information often conform to whatever they suppose to be trending. “We’re doing something on living funerals. Are these catching on?” “No.” “We’re doing a documentary about
Charles Cowling
  I believe in always going to the funeral. My father taught me that. “Always go to the funeral” means that I have to do the right thing when I really, really don’t feel like it In going to funerals, I’ve come to believe that while I wait to make a grand
Charles Cowling
      “It is costly to our society in general, quite beyond the church, not to observe the death of a person in a way that witnesses to the dignity of the person and the meaning of life and death.”    Thomas G Long   Source      

Publishing event of the year!

Charles Cowling 3 Comments Like Academia and death , alternative funerals , Art and death , ashes , Assisted suicide , Atheism , Attitudes to dead bodies , Attitudes to death , bereavement , Books , bureaucracy , burial , burial at sea , burial depth , Care homes , Carla , celebrants , cemeteries , ceremony , Children , Children and funerals , Co-op , Co-operative Funeralcare , coffins , cremation , crematoria , Cryomation , Dead people's rights , death and funerals , Death masks , Death; Good death , Dementia , Digital will , Dignity , direct cremation , Divorce , DIY funeral , Dress codes , dying , Embalming , End-of-life issues , eulogy , euthanasia , Exit , family funeral directors , Formality vs informality , funeral , funeral cost , funeral customs , funeral directors , Funeral flowers , funeral food , funeral music , funeral photography , funeral plans , funeral poetry , funeral pyres , funeral reformers , funeral trends , Funerals for the unborn , funerals in other cultures , Gangster funerals , Ghosts , Good death , green funeral , Grief , Hearses , home funerals , Humanists , Humour , Immortality , independent funeral directors , Jazz funeral , Legal rights , Living funerals , Lonely funerals , Longevity , medical interventions in dying , memento mori , Memorial service , memorialisation , Movies , multimedia , music , National Association of Funeral Directors , natural burial , no service by request , Nokanshi , obituary; epitaph , onlime memorial sites , open-air cremation , Organ donation , Ossuary , Paranormal deathbed experiences , Pauper funerals , perceptions of funeral directors , Personalisation , pet cemeteries; pet and owner burial , Plan your own funeral , Poetry , Post mortem photos , pre-need plans , previous partner , prisons , Probate , Processions , Reasons to go to a funeral , Religious funerals , Requiem Mass , resomation , Ritual , SAIF , scandals , Secular approaches to death , self-deliverance , sex and death , shroud , Social Fund Funeral Payment , spiritualism , suicide , Tahara , Taste , traditional funerals , Transitus , Transparency of ownership , tributes , viking funeral , Virtual funeral , What do we die of and when? , what does dying feel like?
Charles Cowling
  The Natural Death Handbook, Fifth Edition A thoroughly updated and revised edition of the Natural Death Centre‘s celebrated handbook. Now presented alongside a new collection of essays on death, dying and funeral practices by doctors, historians, authors, poets, theologians and artists including Richard Barnett, David Jay Brown, Dr Sheila Cassidy,
Charles Cowling
      Posted by Vale   But, I hear you say, we do already. All the time. Interminably. And, of course, we do. This website springs from the Good Funeral Guide and the blog is full of discussions about new ways to dispose of bodies, about wild and wonderful
Charles Cowling
It could have been a funeral-home scene out of a “Sopranos” episode. At the wake for crime author Philip Carlo, Tony Danza angrily interrupted the priest, claiming he was talking too much about God and not enough about the best-selling biographer of mass murderers. “Tony, who was one of Carlo’s closest
Charles Cowling
This put a spring in my step. It is extracted from a letter to the Irish Times: I never cease to be amazed at how we Irish continue to celebrate and embrace death so excellently. The morgue is now giving way to families’ increasing desire to bring the body home
Charles Cowling
This is Tom Lynch: There’s this wonderful essay that was written — I have it framed in the hallway there; the woman’s name, I think, is Sullivan who wrote it. She talks about how in her life the difference was not between doing good and evil. It was just doing
Charles Cowling
Why do people go to funerals? After all, the dead person won’t be there—not in spirit. I always think, when I survey a crowd at a funeral, that these people are being as unselfish as people can possibly be—and what a very rare thing that is. What’s the motivation? To