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Seafarers from Odysseus to Ahab have long known that there's no better way to quickly be rid of a corpse than to toss it overboard. But what happens to a body once it sleeps with the fishes? And what's its impact on the ocean?
http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/05/bin-laden-burial-at-seaSeafarers from Odysseus to Ahab have long known that there's no better way to... more
A funeral home in Compton in the south of Los Angels has erected a glass-encased chamber for the coffin allowing mourners to have a look at and say good bye to the deceased through a McDonald's style drive-thru.A funeral home in Compton in the south of Los Angels has erected a glass-encased... more
You can come, which would be nice. Or you can skip it, which is fine. But you can't watch it over the Internet. Enough of life is already done through a screen. For death, you're gonna have to put in some effort. I say this in light of recent stories about the surging popularity in webcasted funerals. It's the new new thing in saying farewellYou can come, which would be nice. Or you can skip it, which is fine. But you... more
Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'
By the CNN Wire Staff
January 11, 2011 2:25 a.m. EST
* Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket funerals of the Tucson shooting victims
* Several groups want to show support for the families of the victims
* They will be silent and non-confrontational, organizers say
* The funeral of 9-year-old Christina Green is Thursday
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Tucson just isn't that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer.
Gilmer is talking about Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, that has made its name picketing the funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King.
But when the church announced its intention to picket the funeral of a 9-year-old girl -- one of six people who died Saturday during the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- Gilmer and others in the college town put their feet down.
Tucson, said Gilmer -- who said two of the six people killed were friends -- is a "caring, loving, peaceful community."
"For something like this to happen in Tucson was a really big shock to us all," she said. "Our nightmare happened when we saw Westboro Baptist Church was going to picket the funerals."
They're planning an "angel action" -- with 8-by-10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants and used to shield mourners from pickets. The actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church and its neon signs outside the 1999 funeral of Matthew Shepherd, a young gay man beaten and left on a fence to die in Laramie, Wyoming.
"We want to surround them, in a nonviolent way, to say that our community is united," Gilmer said. "We're a peaceful haven."
"You don't mess with Tucson," said Gilmer, 26, who described it as "a little dot of blue in a sea of red."
But political persuasions don't matter, she said. Republicans, Democrats, independents, right, left and center -- they've all offered their support. Forty-two people have signed up on a Facebook page called "Build Angel Wings for the Westboro Funeral Counter-Protest and Meeting" and more than 4,500 have signed up on another page to "Show Support for the Families of the Tucson Shooting Victims."
"People, businesses, they're all donating material and money to build the angel wings," said Gilmer, who is helping organize the action. And, she added, they're donating to a fund created to help pay for services for the victims of the shooting.
Chelsea Cohen, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Arizona who launched the "Show Support" Facebook page, said she never expected such a response.
"Once I heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was coming, I felt like something should be done to show support for the families," she said. "I don't have any experience in organizing these things. I thought I might get 50 to 100 people."
Cohen said she thinks many of the 4,500 people who've signed up on the Facebook page will be there "in spirit" on Thursday, when mourners gather for the funeral of Christina Taylor Green, who was born on September 11, 2001. But she added, Tucson is an active town, and the response isn't likely to be small.
"This isn't a counter-protest," she said. "We wanted it to show support for the families and to show that Tucson is there with love and support."
They don't want to interfere with the funeral in any way, Cohen said.
"We plan on being completely silent, and we're asking people not to bring signs or make comments about the Westboro Baptist Church," she said.
The angels will be doing the same thing.
"We're going to silently stand there so people can mourn the death of a 9-year-old girl who died in a senseless tragedy," Gilmer said.
Cohen said several groups are planning to be at the funeral to show their support, and there is an effort afoot to bring them all together "into one group so we can all be on the same page."
"I hope that everyone there can convey the peaceful message that we want to convey, she said
And if the church pickets persist, the silent supporters will be on hand for the funerals of U.S. District Judge John Roll, Gabriel Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard and Phyllis Schneck, the other five victims of Saturday's shooting. Giffords, who was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and 13 other people were wounded.
Westboro Baptist Church, founded by its spiritual leader, Fred Phelps, and run mostly by family members, did not respond to a request for an interview in time for this article. But a flier released by the church about the picket targets the Roman Catholic Church because Christina and her family were members.
"God hates Catholics!" the flier, posted on the church's "God Hates Fags" website, says. "God calls your religion 'vain,' as it's empty of His truth; you worship idols!"Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels' By the CNN Wire Staff January 11,... more
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., known for picketing outside military funerals, brought a small group to picket near the funeral service for Elizabeth Edwards Saturday, but they were far outnumbered by a group that organized a counterprotest in support of "promoting proper respect for funerals."
As the Edwards funeral began, three adults and two children from the Westboro church were on one side of Edenton Street, holding signs denigrating Edwards.
On the other side of the street, in front of the Justice Department building, several hundred counterprotesters gathered in the drizzle. Signs in the crowd said, "God loves Elizabeth Edwards," and others, in pink, said simply, "Hope" and "Hero."
The crowd supporting Edwards sang Christmas carols, the National Anthem and "Lean on Me," the Bill Withers classic. Other supporters circled the block in cars, playing country music as the crowd cheered.
Some supporters brought American flag umbrellas to pass out to the crowd, and one man brought a poster-making kit.
Among the Edwards supporters was Bob Krasnicka, who came from Wake Forest to help.
"I'm sick of hearing about these people going to funerals and spreading their hate," said Krasnicka, 48, referring to the Westboro protesters. Of Edwards, he said, "I know she has young children who don't need to be seeing this kind of hate."
Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/12/11/105139/hundreds-rally-at-elizabeth-edwards.html#ixzz17qSkrVZuMembers of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., known for picketing outside... more
With more reliability than fanfare, Robert Duvall has compiled a vast filmography studded with impressive performances. In “Get Low,” his latest feature, he puts forth another such effort, one perhaps as flawless as any he’s ever given. Ornery and unkempt through much of the film, the actor gradually unravels the complicated emotions swirling below a misunderstood façade.With more reliability than fanfare, Robert Duvall has compiled a vast filmography... more
"Across South Korea, a few entrepreneurs are conducting controversial forums designed to teach clients how to better appreciate life by simulating death. Equal parts Vincent Price and Dale Carnegie, they use mortality as a personal motivator for a variety of behaviors, from a healthier attitude toward work to getting along with family members.
Many firms here see the sessions as an inventive way to stimulate productivity. The Kyobo insurance company, for example, has required all 4,000 employees to attend fake funerals like those offered by Jung.
There's another motivation: South Koreans commit suicide at the highest rate in the developed world.
The country now tops the 30 member nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the number of self-inflicted deaths, according to OECD data updated in 2009. And even as the suicide rate of many countries has fallen, South Korea's remains high, twice that of the United States, statistics show."
Read more in the link below:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/05/MNRF1BDPM5.DTL#ixzz0bsOjUYXU"Across South Korea, a few entrepreneurs are conducting controversial forums... more
A Kent priest has expressed his dismay at the number of funerals he leads with little or no Christian content.
Writing on his blog Father Ed Tomlinson, of St Barnabas' Church, Tunbridge Wells, said such services left him feeling "like a lemon".
Father Tomlinson questioned why people chose a church service when they do not want Christian input or songs.
In an entry on his website on Monday he said he wanted to stir up debate about Christian funeral services.
The website has had more than 100,000 visitors.
"To be brutally honest, I can think of a hundred better ways of spending my time as a priest on God's earth. What is the point of my being present if spiritually unwanted?
Clarifying his position Father Tomlinson later wrote that he was not attacking mourners.
"It is of course quite possible, and often even fitting, to include a whole range of music (even Tina Turner) within a funeral service. And I am only ever delighted if such music is a comfort to those who mourn.
"Please understand that when, in my blog, I attacked 'Tina Turner-esque funerals' I was actually seeking to raise a question which is important for all society - What are funerals for?
"As a priest I believe the answer is two-fold. Firstly to offer an opportunity to say good bye and secondly to offer loved ones into the hands of a living God, praying that sins may be forgiven and that they may be granted eternal life.A Kent priest has expressed his dismay at the number of funerals he leads with little... more
Sound weird but biologists in Sweden are working to make funerals an environmentally friendly afterlife. They suggests freeze-dried corpses which turns into dust so it could be used for fertilizer for soil, and this is already been used in South Korea.
Not everyone is convinced, particularity for Christians (watch the video to find out for yourself)Sound weird but biologists in Sweden are working to make funerals an environmentally... more
ROCK HILL, S.C., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A South Carolina man is offering discount caskets for less than $500 and a build-it-yourself casket kit for less than $250.ROCK HILL, S.C., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A South Carolina man is offering discount caskets... more
According to a Co-operative Funeralcare survey of more than 30,000 funerals, X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke's cover of "Hallelujah" was the 25th most popular track played at funerals, a first for a reality TV star.
Frank Sinatra's "My Way" is still the popular though, while in Scotland, traditional hymns despite in decline, are still played as popular song accounts for more than half played at funerals. Odd song choices includes AC/DC's "Highway To Hell", Doctor And The Medics' "Spirit In The Sky" and Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust"According to a Co-operative Funeralcare survey of more than 30,000 funerals, X Factor... more
The young founders of Memory Glass (created remains suspended in glass keepsakes and pendants), take us around the 2008 National Funeral Directors Convention for a look at the business of death.The young founders of Memory Glass (created remains suspended in glass keepsakes and... more
The spectre of the Winter of Discontent threatened to return to haunt Labour last night after funeral directors revealed that the burial of 'hundreds' of bodies is being delayed for financial reasons.
In a bleak new sign of the growing economic crisis, hard-up families are having to wait more than two months before receiving Government money for funerals.
Organizations representing undertakers accused the Government of putting them in an 'impossible' position by dragging their feet over burial costs for poor families.
Previously, undertakers would pay for the cost of funerals and wait to be reimbursed by the State, but the lack of credit in the banking system means many firms can no longer afford to do so.
The Tories have demanded an emergency Commons debate on the issue.
The row has ominous echoes of the Winter of Discontent in the dying days of the last Labour Government 30 years ago, when economic problems led to rubbish piling up in the streets and bodies lying unburied - symbols of political failure that did lasting damage to the party.
The current problems stem from delays to payouts from the Department for Work and Pensions' Social Fund, which helps needy families with burial costs.
If authorized, they receive funeral costs up to a maximum of £700, plus additional sums averaging around £1,000.
About 27,000 people claim a total of £46million for burials every year.
But one leading chain of undertakers said there had been an increase in the time it took payments to go through.
And John Weir, of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, said the delays were putting undertakers in an 'impossible' position because many could not afford to carry out burials until the money arrived from the Government.
'There are hundreds of people in this situation,' he said. 'Funeral directors are having to take a more commercial approach in these troubled times.
'The normal gap between death and burial is about ten days, but the Government's stance means it can be more like five weeks and sometimes longer.
'In these economic conditions, many directors now look to get payment in advance. The Government is behind the delays and the hardship it is causing both families and funeral directors is very real.'
They qualify if they can prove they are receiving benefits, were closely related to the deceased and do not have sufficient savings to meet the funeral costs.The spectre of the Winter of Discontent threatened to return to haunt Labour last... more
This is a personal and intimate look at the growing popularity of "Green Burials" in the United States. This short film documents how this process is not only environmentally sustainable; but how it tends to help to heal those who have lost loved ones through it's natural authenticity. This is a personal and intimate look at the growing popularity of "Green... more
Oye! Here we go again! Famous for his "God Hates Fags" faith and for protesting Matthew Shepherds funeral, Fred Phelps and his gang of followers from Westboro Baptist Church plan on picketing and protesting Heath Ledger's funeral because of his involvement with the movie, Brokeback Mountain, where he played a gay man who was involved in a relationship with another man.
In a press release released by Phelps, this was said:
"Yes. WBC will picket this pervert's funeral, in religious protest and warning: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked." Gal. 6:7. Heath Ledger thought it was great fun defying God Almighty and his plain word; to wit: God Hates Fags! & Fag Enablers! Ergo, God hates the sordid tacky, bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as 'Brokeback Mountain' - and He hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it. Heath Ledger is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there - beside which, nothing else about Heath Ledger is relevant or consequential."
Anyone else think this is EXTREMELY over the top?! Oye! Here we go again! Famous for his "God Hates Fags" faith and for... more
PerezHilton.com is reporting: "The "Reverend" Fred Phelps's Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to protest at the funeral of Heath Ledger....The "God Hates Fags" hatemongers will picket the decease Aussie actor's funeral because he is a pervert who promoted homosexuality by appearing as a gay man in Brokeback Mountain." The link on Perez' website doesn't work, or I be all over that...
PerezHilton.com is reporting: "The "Reverend" Fred Phelps's... more