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“Earth to Earth” Burial

“Earth to Earth” Burial

Certainly we are all familiar with the traditional method of burial in a plot. During this new millennium we find innumerable other methods. Many are ecological. A particular motive is to decrease the seeming wasteful use of land. Many people elect to have their body cremated as the vessel that contains ashes does not take… Continue Reading

Imagine Yourself as a Living House

Imagine Yourself as a Living House

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He… Continue Reading

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

The American poet Mary Oliver, died this week. Her words inspired simplicity of life and appreciation of natural beauty. Her words transport readers to the essence of matters. Her symbols evoke memories of our animal nature in a wild, yet orchestrated environment. During her life she held high aspirations for her self that were outside… Continue Reading

Funeral Costs Conversation

Funeral Costs Conversation

With disposable income diminishing in middle America, it is important to review the costs of life events. This conversation typically brings up the question of whether a funeral really needs to cost so much. Certainly funeral homes can itemize each cost but, the total frequently brings families to their breaking point, extending credit or causing… Continue Reading

Poem for Resurrection

Poem for Resurrection

Throughout our lives we experience endings, closure as well as unfinished business. This poem that metaphorically beautifully describes endings and new beginnings. With funerals this evokes feelings of returning to the earth. This poem does not directly reference resurrection. Rather Berry depicts a journey returning to the earth. A Purification At start of spring I open… Continue Reading

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no… Continue Reading

Late Ripeness, poem by Czeslaw Milosz

Late Ripeness, poem by Czeslaw Milosz

Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their sorrow. And the countries, cities, gardens, the bays of seas assigned to my brush came closer,… Continue Reading

Death, what are you?

Death, what are you?

Death, what are you? – I am the shadow of life. Death, of what are you born? – I am born of ignorance. Death, where is your abode? – My abode is in the mind of illusion. Death, do you ever die? – Yes, when pierced by the arrow of the seer’s glance. Death, whom… Continue Reading

Virtual Funeral, Really?

Virtual Funeral, Really?

Last year I made a special effort to attend a dear relative’s funeral. I was ill but medicated myself just enough to hold the cold at bay. It was important to me to be there with the family, to honor my beloved relative in this time honored ritual. I also thought that it was meaningful… Continue Reading

Unity~Pablo Neruda

Unity~Pablo Neruda

There is something dense, united, settled in the depths, repeating its number, its identical sign. How it is noted that stones have touched time, in their refined matter there is an odor of age, of water brought by the sea, from salt and sleep. I’m encircled by a single thing, a single movement: a mineral… Continue Reading