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More choice is on the way

More choice for the disposal of body remains is a step closer, thanks to a group of dedicated public benefit enterprise people in Washington, USA.  Katrina Spade is the driver behind this new way of dealing with our bodies post … Continue reading

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Bodies as bones as landscapes 

Life, death and landscapes Every now and again for whatever reason, we have those thoughts about where we fit into the scheme of things; the meaning of life; perhaps that we are in fact mortal beings; or even that there … Continue reading

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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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