Everything about death, funerals and what happens to the body afterwards. Vivid behind the scenes accounts of undertaking today, but also the history of how we deal with death, its science and ecology, and the new high-tech replacements for burial and cremation, and DIY and Green funerals.
This book is a compilation of thirty of my short articles that appeared in the Baptist Anchor over the years. I thought about calling this book "Potpourri" because the subjects are so disconnected and varied. The only common thread that binds them together is the fact that they are all religious in nature. It is my desire that these articles might instruct, inspire, and challenge.
An Unusual Cremation in Bali is about a family cremation in 1996 when this family had to remove the souls and remains of their four dead family members from their private graveyard where some had been buried for almost twenty years. Many fascinating rituals and practices took place to please the spirits of the dead and to ward off evil spirits and all black magic attempts to ruin the cremation.
Five intertwined stories each reveal an aspect of humanity under a wisp of smoke curling from the smokestack of the Henry and Green Mortuary and Crematorium. Birth, family, sex, religion, and career all play out in separate stories against the backdrop of the one thing they all have in common: death.
In memory of a special friend who died after contracting AIDS, this is the true story of his final journey. Doug loved his summers at Sanibel Island, Florida, where he made fond memories with his grandparents. Before AIDS ended his life, Doug had told his partner, Jim, about those memories. Only Sanibel Island could be Doug's final resting place.
A box of unidentified ashes is unearthed during an interment ceremony. With their congregation dwindling and their world literally falling in around them, Father Robert Vickers and his colorful staff members and volunteers put their heads together to solve the mystery of the ashes and find the means to save Grace Church from the developers … all in time for the Bishop’s visit.
The information on these pages will give you an understanding and insight into the modern funeral home. How we care for the dead, how we help the family and friends with their farewell to their loved one, and how they can be as involved as they need to be throughout the entire process.
Arthur hoped the dust had finally settled on the fading embers of his dearly departed...
Winner of the Epithet and Synonym magazine's December 2011 writing competition, Mike's writing is described as having "managed to initiate both joviality and compassion into the psyche in this story, making it rather addictively read."
Past and present are intertwined in the life of a writer as his ghost looks back and revisits scenes from his childhood and youth. He relives past love affairs and reviews his successes and failures. As he watches the destinies of old friends and lovers now inexorably unfolding beyond his control, he takes a fresh look at the part he played in their lives.