Tag Archives: Funeral

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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When the Living Have to Bury their Own Dead

Church-planters probably never even consider factoring this in when they start. That was certainly the case for some friends of mine in Turkey. For who would have guessed that setting up a cemetery might have to become a key feature … Continue reading

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Italian Bishops Forbid Scattering of Ashes after Cremation

Catholic Culture: In new guidelines for funerals and burials, the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the scattering of ashes of the deceased is not allowed. The revised funeral rites, released on March 31, said that although civil law allows … Continue reading

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Letter of Apology to Lesbian Denied Communion at Mom’s Funeral

UPDATE:  Fr Marcel Guarnizo’s Response to the Eucharistic Incident here. MSNBC reports: Barbara Johnson knew last Saturday, the day of her mother’s funeral, would be difficult. But she and her lesbian partner of 20 years had no idea that the priest … Continue reading

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