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Less choice as funeral group gobbles up small regional providers

Note: This is a US publication, but the same principles apply.  By the way, it’s not a home – no one lives there. The funeral industry is a massive for profit commercial activity with a 100% assured customer base. We … Continue reading

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Possession takes on a new meaning if we’re only passing through

We live at a time, as we’ve noted before, when we pride ourselves as having outlived myths.  We’ve grown out of believing in fairytales, we’re big people, grownups and don’t believe in the Santa Claus stuff anymore.  At least that’s … Continue reading

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What to do when there is nothing more you can do

It’s all very well to say let nature takes its course.  It’s all very well to take what some see as the high moral ground, but when this impacts on another persons right to die with dignity, then we say … Continue reading

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The nightly annihilation before I wake

“When we prepare for sleep, we strip ourselves of the accoutrements of selfhood: our clothes, glasses, make-up and false teeth. We bid goodbye to the people around us, lie down in stillness and return to our original solitary nakedness. As … Continue reading

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Resilience through ritual

There is a saying that goes: Failing to plan is like planning to fail.  That failure on our part has knock on effects that often results in ‘grief’ of some kind. Grieving is a natural and to be expected emotion … Continue reading

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In a few words

What’s to be said following the death of a partner, friend, child, colleague; someone we hold dear who has died? The job of wording a eulogy usually ends up resting on the shoulders of a close family member or friend … Continue reading

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New Year ritual not everyones cup of tea

In times past, before access to technologies like the internet, we tended to live in our somehwat isolated little bubbles believing that most other people were probably not all that much different for us.  This is no longer the case.  … Continue reading

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