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  • Thumbnail The original cast of Monty Python, Graham Chapman is shown in the back with his pipe. On July 1, 2014, Monty Python is set to regroup to put on their final live performance. It’s the first time  the old school friends – John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam have got together [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Tragically Hip’s Song for a Boy in Fiddler’s Green   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Gord Downie (left), Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip wrote and performed Fiddler’s Green for Gord’s young nephew who had passed away. Photo by Kim Pardi In 1990 singer/songwriter Gord Downie of the band The Tragically Hip wrote Fiddler’s Green in memory of his five year old nephew Charles who had died of [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Ride of Silence Remembers Cyclists Who Died on the Road   3 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Ghost bikes can be found in many cities and memorialize the site where a cyclist was killed. The Ride of Silence is an annual event to remember those cyclists who were killed on the road. The Ride of Silence… by Mike Murgas Tonight we number many but ride as one In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Funeral Haka – A Powerful Dance from the Soul   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The New Zealand Defence Force performs a Haka as the hearses containing the bodies of their fallen soldiers are repatriated. The Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have been using Haka for hundreds of years. Perhaps the most well known to most people not familiar with their history is the Haka used by the [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: A Fireman’s Prayer   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A.W. “Smokey” Linn wrote The Fireman’s Prayer after being unable to save three children from a fire at an apartment block in 1958. Alvin William Linn  was a career fireman in Wichita, Kansas who passed away in 2004 at the age of 80 years.  He was known as “Smokey” Linn from an incident that happened [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Paul McCartney’s The End of the End   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Paul McCartney wrote “The End of the End” to let people know how he wanted people to remember him at his funeral “I remember once an Irish woman wished me well by saying, ‘I wish you a good death’ and I said, ‘Say what?’ I thought about it later and actually it’s a great thing [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Paddle-Out Ceremony – A Floating Memorial Service   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Close friends and family hold a paddle-out ceremony for a surfer who has died while others watch from the pier. It all began with the Beachboys of Waikiki who entertained and taught tourists how to enjoy the waters off the coasts of Hawaii back in the early 1920s. Their surfing abilities soon became world renowned. [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Joe Walsh’s Song for Emma   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Joe Walsh wrote a song for his young daughter Emma after she passed away. Emma Walsh was like any other young child who loved going to the playground just up the street from her home in Boulder, Colorado. Her mother, Stefany Rhodes took her there almost every day. Her father Joe Walsh accompanied them when [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: A Heaven On Earth Sendoff for Rodney Dangerfield   3 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Rodney Dangerfield’s funeral included a “cast” of characters in the program that was wrapped with his signature red tie and a cookie featuring his image. Rodney Dangerfield died on October 5, 2004 at he age of 82 following complications from a heart valve operation. He was a stand-up comedian with his signature line, “I don’t [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Legend of the Bottle Tree   3 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A modern bottle tree with a photo taken in Mississippi in the 1930s. Now it is the time of night That the graves, all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite In the church-way paths to glide. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream If you believe that haints, or spirits or other ghostly apparitions come [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Gatsby Trinkets for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Grave   4 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda were reinterred at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville. Photo by Jay Henry – Wikipedia F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lay peacefully at rest in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. In recent years a handful of visitors might wander through the cemetery looking for the [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Don’t Panic! How to Remember Douglas Adams on Towel Day   4 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail A group of young people celebrate “Towel Day” in Brazil, in honor of Douglas Adams, which has its roots in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series Groups in countries around the world are starting to gear up for Towel Day which has taken place every May 25th since 2001. Douglas Adams was an author [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Bird of Doom   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail If you heard an owl hoot during a burial service, English folklore says that the dead would rise from their graves. The ancient Greeks revered owls and believed that the birds were sacred to Athena the goddess of wisdom but to many ancient cultures owls were associated with magic and darkness. The penetrating and unmoving [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: The World’s Only Pirate Cemetery   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Actor Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow romanticized the lives of pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies but in real life, many of these pirates were bloodthirsty tyrants and murderers and some of the most successful criminals in history. Ile Sainte-Marie, a small island off the coast of Madagascar was once home to more [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: “Homegoings”   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Why shouldn’t we dance at a funeral? Why do so many of us become so unrecognizable when we attend the funeral of a family member and turn into unsmiling caricatures of ourselves all dressed in black?  While so many cultures tend to hold somber tributes to a loved one, the African-American tradition of a homegoing [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Has Freddie Mercury’s Final Resting Place Been Discovered?   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Freddie Mercury was a British musician best known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals with the band “Queen”. Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara, on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar and spent the majority of his childhood in India. He died on November 24, 1991 from complications due to AIDS. Freddie was cremated at [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: A Final Farewell for Nurses   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: “And That’s Me in The Box” – Jonny Kennedy’s Story   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “I’ll tell you the story of my life and my death, ” begins Jonny Kennedy at the start of a documentary as he introduces his mother and brother and himself, as he lies dead in his coffin. Jonny Kennedy was born in 1966 with an incurable and painful genetic disease called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). It’s [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Is This The Oldest Known Tombstone in the United States?   4 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Pilgrims, freshly debarked from the Mayflower in November of 1620, founded a colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts which became known as “America’s Hometown”. Five years later a woman named Grace Berry was buried in Plymouth. Her tombstone tells us that she was the wife of Thomas Berry and that she was about 58 years of [...]

  • M-Berens wrote a new blog post: Mourning – Where Tears Mean Money and Laughter Brings Hope   4 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Professional mourners have played a part in funeral ceremonies for thousands of years. In many countries, tradition dictates that the family of the dead, especially children and grandchildren, must express their grief in a very outward manner. Not crying enough or at sufficient decibel levels would be seen as a lack of filial piety so [...]

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