Archive for June, 2010

In death’s vicinity

24 Jun 2010

I’m currently reading “A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War : Russia, 1941-1944″, a unique testimony from Willy Peter Reese, a German soldier in WWII, of the horrors of the Eastern Front. Death is a constant and terrible presence throughout the author’s time there; he also eventually in 1944 fell to this omnipotent and […]

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Dear Gloria, Thanks for your reflections on Charles’ blog entry “Sad – ha ha”. May I respond…. In my own comments on this blog entry I was talking about overcoming death itself – not our fear of it. For the vast majority, claiming to have overcome the fear of it would be a pure lie. […]

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I’m stimulated to this post by Charles Cowling’s review of DeathMatters on his Good Funeral Guide Blog. Charles, I’m pleased that you seem to have mostly understood what I’m aiming at with DeathMatters – reawakening an awareness of death as a way of living better and remembering better. (But you should also have specified “living […]

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“How did we get to this stage?” – a comment on my last blog (Death matters – no kidding!) from Charles of The Good Funeral Guide, whose excellent blog I often visit. Indeed, how did we get to the point that one actually has to be reminded that death still matters? This is obviously a […]

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What a sign of the times,  that giving this name to my blog should not be ridiculous! For what could have been more obvious in every other epoch of history that death mattered! Of all things. That it mattered as much as being born, as getting married, as choosing a career, as making a living. […]

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