The Tragic Death Of The Funeral

Like most people, I don’t particularly relish encounters with death. But, welcome or not, I’ve had my fair share. I’ve clasped a woman’s hand as her breathing slowed, became sporadic, and finally ceased. Through the cramped hallways of an ancient farmhouse, down which no stretcher could be maneuvered, I helped heft the sheet-wrapped body of…

Home Burials

A new trend? Why let strangers care for the ones you love? Burying a family member in the garden can be a much more personal experience than the traditional funeral. It can also help those who want to avoid being taken advantage of financially in the time of grieving. Rest here.  

Archbishop Bans Eulogies at Funeral Masses

Canadian Catholic Archbishop Terrence Prendergast: Roman Catholics in Ottawa are no longer permitted to deliver eulogies during funeral Masses, the local archbishop has decreed. The Feb. 2 decree from Archbishop Terrence Prendergast reminds the faithful that Catholics gather at funerals “not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them.” Contrary to popular belief, eulogies…

Nelson Mandela Laid to Rest in Ancestral Home

eNCA: QUNU – Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest in his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Mandela’s coffin was brought to his funeral by the military – a last chance for the people of Qunu to see it. In the hills above the village, lay a flag with a simple message:…

Cape Town: Bull to be Slaughtered for Funeral Kills Boy

Times Live: Ayanda Mfenku was attacked by the bull while standing in his yard in Philippi East on Sunday morning, the Cape Argus newspaper reported on Tuesday. The bull was reportedly to have been used in the funeral ritual of Jackson Ntandiso, who died last week, but it broke loose. “The raging bull shoved and…

Priest to Lonely Dead: ‘I Love You’

No one Mary Helen Wells knew was at her funeral. The physical sum of her 85 years filled a donated urn Monday afternoon, among 36 other donated urns full of unwanted remains. A kindly priest said prayers and stowed them in a crypt. A groundskeeper sealed it, and the mourners, gathered on principle, dispersed. In…

Bride and Gloom

An appalling clerical double booking. The Austrian Times reports: Serbian Orthodox priest Father Jefrem Ratkovic was forced to apologize, after he recently scheduled a wedding at the same time as a funeral in the central Serbian town of Ljig, the Austrian Times website reports exclusively today (November 26, 2012). When bride Dragana Jovic, 23, arrived at…