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.
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.
Early humans built houses for their dead before they built houses for themselves.
Our ‘end of life choices’ are pretty limited. Most of us will be cremated; some will be buried, but every year a select few choose to be buried at sea.
Most of the ceremonies I conduct are for people who have done “little of note”. Often they’re the most moving of all.