Posts on ‘body or soul

“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 follows is perhaps the best contemporary speculation on the awesome passage from Life to Death – by Ernst Jünger, from his “Das Abenteuerliche Herz” (The Adventurous Heart”). My own unofficial translation. Enjoy…! “Death resembles a foreign continent about which no-one who travels there can send back reports. Its secrets engage us so intensely that […]

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Obviously death always includes the material need to deal with the dead body. But how this is done – with what accompanying beliefs, ulterior purposes, everything beyond the actual physical disposal – is where the question of “body or soul”, of material or spiritual, becomes relevant. If the material disposal element is always present, what […]

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I am unconvinced that green burial as currently conceived necessarily represents a healthier integration of death as a part of life – for some of its fans, it may be yet another subtle form of death denial. Moreover, although it claims to have an environmental motivation, it may also hide unresolved spiritual issues – that […]

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