A good funeral, to quote Tony Walter, Emeritus Professor of Death Studies at the University of Bath, should be “intensely and creatively personal; it should involve as many of the mourners as possible, cherish the individual who died and weave together the survivors in bonds of love.” Mike’s definitely fitted that description. A husband and father as … Continue Reading
In the matter of life and death, football will always take precedence.
When you say my child’s name you are not reminding me that they died. You are reminding me that they lived, and that is the greatest gift.
Humanist funerals were happy, not sad. If humanism got things back to front, that was good because so did I.
We can perhaps imagine what it is to prepare for our own death. What we cannot begin to imagine is what it is like to watch someone we love dying, slowly and painfully, in front of our eyes.
The way Bowie left his life was as imaginative as the way he lived it.
Planting a tree affirms our belief that love will live on, and that life comes out of death.
The funeral is one of life’s most important rituals. It’s also the one most resistant to change.
The brain has a shield which insulates it from thoughts of death.
If even doctors can’t talk about death, it’s hardly surprising that the rest of us ignore it too.