Posts Tagged ‘Death’

Analysis of the assisted dying debate Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Dying and death is not a new phenomenon: we have always become ill, suffered, were going to die and someone else could have killed us. So why now, at the beginning of the 21st century, after prohibiting euthanasia for thousands of years and when we can do so much more to relieve suffering than in Read more

Unprecedented outpouring of grief at funeral for President Lonsdale Comments 0

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

The people of Vanuatu showed their love for President Baldwin Lonsdale who died on 17 June by turning out in their thousands for his funeral and procession to the airport. His sudden death was as a result of a heart attack. He was 67. Lonsdale, who served as president from 22 September 2014 until he Read more

Will this be our last Holy Week? Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Is Holy Week really worth the effort? If you talk to pastors, liturgists, choir directors, leaders of RCIA, etc., Holy Week is a time of frenetic activity, the culmination of much planning and lack of planning, and somehow—at least sometimes—inspiring. And then…? Well, a few weeks of lilies and extra “Alleluias!” and then back to Read more

The living, the dead, and Alfred Lord Tennyson Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Although never fond of church going and heedless of doctrinal orthodoxy, Tennyson was profoundly religious, stating: “Two things I have always been firmly convinced of—God—and that death will not end my existence.” Early and late, Tennyson’s theme was mortal beauty.  In The Princess (1847), when he was scarcely forty, he set it to an enchanting Read more

Death is not frightening – trust God instead says Pope Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Death is not frightening if you are faithful to God’s teachings. Don’t fear it. Think about the day you meet Jesus and put your faith in God, says Pope Francis. Read more Related Posts:Prince Charles and Camilla to meet Pope FrancisPope Francis and President Trump could meet in late MayHollande to meet Pope Francis after Read more

The Origin of All Souls Day Comments 0

Friday, November 4th, 2016
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All Souls falls during a time of year when many religions are thinking about death. It is a period when ancient agricultural societies were preparing for the change of the seasons from summer to winter. Pagans believe this is a time when there’s a thinning of the veil between the land of the living and Read more

Euthanasia releases me but betrays my loved ones Comments 0

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Recently, a lady told me that she had just lost her brother who died suddenly, three days after a fall on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, the circumstances of his death leave some doubt as to the exact cause of death. Is it due to his cancer, discovered a few days earlier? Is it related to his Read more

Death, Dying and the Catholic website’s “how to” guide Comments 0

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Death. Dying with dignity. Facing death with courage. Dying well. Bereavement. We all have to face these issues at some stage – but how? Is there an art to dying? Yes, there is. A new website hosted by the Catholic Church in England and Wales has decided to confront the big taboo and is using Read more

Residents threaten to move out if funeral home touted as a “spiritual facility” is built Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Residents are threatening to move out if a multi-million dollar funeral home touted as a “spiritual facility” is built in Christchurch’s southwest. Long-standing Christchurch company Lamb and Hayward wants to build a new 1222-square metre “spiritual facility”, or funeral home, on 2 hectares of residential land on the corner of Halswell Junction and Wigram roads. Read more

About death and dying Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

We can never truly understand another’s experience of dying, or understand what happens psychically, spiritually, physically and emotionally when a person is close to death. An incredibly subjective experience, we can only make guesses as to what being in that ‘twilight zone’ of hovering between life and death might actually be like. When I worked Read more