June 22 2011
To create a meaningful ceremony the first thing you need to know is what you are trying to accomplish with that ceremony. The primary purpose is usually accomplished by means of making connections. When we are part of a ceremony we connect more fully with all entities involved in that ceremony whether they are the other people in the ceremony or deities we gather to worship and commune with.
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The Good Funeral Guide
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
That Brits are born with an acute and possibly pathological sensitivity to absurdity is well known. The Great American Funeral has engendered great and gloriously funny books by Jessica Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, neither of which had more than minimal success in laughing Americans out of their (perceived) absurdity.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 20 June 2011 21:34 )
June 20, 2011
Life is an everyday occurrence, until one day it's not.
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June 17 2011
Here in the US, efforts to reform end-of-life care quickly lead to concerns about "pulling the plug on grandma." Dying is inevitable. Doctors are not divine; we cannot cure everyone. But the US healthcare system - which emphasises heroic interventions using advanced technologies - sometimes leads physicians to believe that death is a failure.
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Thanks to The Family Plot Blog for altering us to this article.
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 June 2011 20:07 )
June 19, 2011
Listening To The Dead
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It's in the Cave of Coffins that Stern points to two inscriptions in ancient Greek. They are tiny and clustered near niches once holding oil lamps.
One says, "Take courage, Holy Parents of Pharcitae, udes adonitas - no one is immortal." Stern explains that the dead who are being brought into the catacombs shouldn't feel that they are weak just because they've passed on.
She reads aloud the other inscription: "Good luck on your resurrection."
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