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Do not stand at my grave and weep

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Do not stand at my grave and weep

by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

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IN THE KNOW: SevenPonds Speaks with the Funeral Consumers Alliance

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Embracing the End of Life Experience
June 28, 2011

Joshua Slocum, Executive Director of the FCA, Explains the History of the Death Industry and the Mission of His Organization

SEVENPONDS: Hello, Mr. Slocum. Could you please give us a short history of the American death industry? How does your organization fit into it?

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Funerals just the living end

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Times Colonist
Victoria, B.C.
July 10, 2011

Services have gradually becoming more personal, with videos and favourite songs, Firth says. "We're in this generation where people want to make a statement about who you are, or who you were." The traditional lilies-and-organmusic formula is no longer a given. (Cartoonist Adrian Raeside once placed an obituary in the Times Colonist in which he asked mourners to send singlemalt scotch and Cuban cigars in lieu of flowers.)

"Funeral directors are becoming event planners as much as death-care providers," Firth says. Trade publications predict funeral homes' greatest competition will come not from churches, but from hotels and golf courses vying for the "celebration-of-life" market. Choices, choices, choices can lead to family discord, even fistfights at funerals (which, frankly, I would pay good money to see).

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Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide for altering us to this article.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 July 2011 21:03 )

ART: Vadis Turner’s "Burial Party"

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SevenPonds Blog
July 10, 2011

Her newest installation reminds us of the possibilities of growth through loss and grief.

Vadis Turner is a Brooklyn artist who creates mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and installations with a colorful and whimsical take on various cultural and personal issues. Her most recent installation, Burial Party, was included last April at the Brooklyn Artists Ball at the Brooklyn Museum.

According to the artist’s statement, her creation of Burial Party was inspired by an interest in "the aesthetic bridges between diverse rites of passage." At significant turning points throughout our lives, we must simultaneously shed what we knew or what we were, and embody a new version of ourselves.

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PHOTOS: Burial Party - elements of ceremony and celebration with the processes of decay.


NFDA News Release: U.S. Government Classifies Formaldehyde as a Known Carcinogen

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National Funeral Directors Association
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2011

Brookfield, Wis. - On June 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued the 12th edition of its Report on Carcinogens (RoC) and, for the first time, listed formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen. This new listing represents a significant change from the 11th RoC, issued in 2005, which classifies formaldehyde as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

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