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Living and Dying and the First Piggly Wiggly

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The Family Plot Blog
July 23, 2011

In the Piggly Wiggly at the Pink Palace Museum

Compare the revolutionary self-serve grocery of the 1920s with today’s modern food shopping experience. There’s a huge magnitude of even more choices, and with self-checkout lanes, even less human assistance.

This analogy can be applied to today’s funeral choices. In the 1920s, burial was about the only option.

With all the additional [modern funeral] choices, families can be overwhelmed if they haven’t had a conversation before someone dies. Remember, it’s not "if" but "when." Like groceries, we all have an expiration date.

Read the full article and see video (3:17) at The Family Plot Blog


Was the Funeral Home Ethical?

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Funeral Consumers Alliance

Are You Wondering if the Funeral Home You Used Was an Ethical One?

It probably was - IF - you can answer "yes" to these ten questions .....

If your funeral experience was less than satisfactory, you may have grounds to file a funeral complaint.

Read the full article at Funeral Consumers Alliance


An Interview with Joe Sehee (Part One)

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SevenPonds Blog
July 23, 2011

The Green Burial Council founder talks standards, sustainability, and the future

Joe Sehee comes from a background of social justice as a Jesuit minister while his wife, Juliette Sehee, worked as an advocate for the environment. About a decade ago, they decided to open a retreat for the grieving, to inspire spiritual healing through nature — this idea ultimately led to the foundation of the Green Burial Council in 2005.

Read the full article at SevenPonds Blog


An Interview with Joe Sehee (Part Two)

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 July 2011 06:55 )

Poems for Funerals

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The elegy--the traditional poem for mourning--began in ancient Greece as a sad song lamenting love and death, often accompanied by a flute and written in a specific meter. The form, however, moved away from its fixed metrical roots when it was adopted by Renaissance poets such as Ben Jonson, Alexander Pope, and John Donne. These writers made a distinction between a proper elegy--which expresses sorrow and a search for consolation--and "elegiac" poetry that meditates on loss, grief, death, and mortality in a variety of verse forms, such as the ode, epitaph, and eulogy. For example, Donne famously confronted death when he wrote the elegiac:

Death, be not proud though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so,
For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

Shakespeare, of course, wrote a great deal about "what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil," and at about the same time John Milton wrote his famous "Lycidas," which appeared in a collection of elegies commemorating the death of a Cambridge collegemate. William Wordsworth wrote poems in the elegiac mode, as did Lord Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy in the nineteenth century. The form was adopted and transformed again in the twentieth century by poets such as W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Robert Lowell, and Allen Ginsberg, who wrote the famous elegy for his mother "Kaddish," which begins .....

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:56 )

Louisiana Monks Win Casket Case

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Institute for Justice
Web Release: July 21, 2011

Federal Court Protects Economic Liberty by Ruling that Casket Monopoly is Unconstitutional.

A federal court today ruled that Louisiana’s government-imposed monopoly on casket sales in the state is unconstitutional, closing the lid on the economic protection scheme and resurrecting an opportunity for local monks to provide for themselves by creating and selling their handmade caskets.

Read the full article at the Institute for Justice


Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law - U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, 07/21/2011

Louisiana goes after monastery for selling coffins; monks sue (Posted 08/12/2010 - Updated 07/23/2011)

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 July 2011 21:07 )

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