Articles on ‘Speculations and Muses

Room for every hope!

12 Dec 2009

BBC World Radio surprised me with a call today, inviting me to take part in a broadcast debate on the “Tina Turner -esque funeral” trend in Britain. I learned from the journalist thatan uproar had been stimulated by an Anglican vicar (Revd. Fr. Edward Tomlinson SSC of Saint Barnabas Church) speaking frankly about the – […]

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If I have one gripe with many green and woodland cemeteries it is that they don’t think deeply enough about the consequences to humans and human culture of making cemeteries more “natural”. This regards above all finding a place for enduring memorials in natural cemeteries. This morning I came across an interesting story from the […]

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This blog is an answer to James Leedam of Native Woodland Natural Burial Sites. Thanks James for opening this conversation up! I’ve given some time to this response, please take your time reading it. HOW LONG SHOULD A MEMORIAL LAST? As long as possible, without getting too technical and reducing the question to a number […]

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From Charles Cowling’s excellent blog The Good Funeral Guide I copy a few lines from his last article entitled “Haunting Presence“. “The beauty of burial is that it results in the permanent relocation of the complete body. You think it’s all over as the soil rattles down on the coffin. It is. Your hands are […]

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