Posts Tagged ‘Funeral’

‘Dead’ woman bangs on coffin during her own funeral

Monday, June 13th, 2022

A funeral in Peru was dramatically interrupted after ‘knocking’ was heard from within a coffin. A woman had been pronounced ‘dead’ following a horrific crash, and later put into a coffin ahead of her funeral. But when her relatives hoisted the wooden structure onto their shoulders, they began to hear strange sounds. Read more Related Posts:Funeral Read more

Death during lockdown: A collective nightmare, but we do it alone

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Last Thursday afternoon, ostensibly on holiday in the Wairarapa, I sat with my husband on a couch that didn’t belong to us, in a house that wasn’t ours, and watched his mum say goodbye to her brother on the same TV we’d been glued to the night before watching US election coverage. The same TV Read more

The funeral as we know it is becoming a relic

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Dayna West knows how to throw a fabulous memorial shindig. She hired Los Angeles celebration-of-life planner Alison Bossert — yes, those now exist — to create what West dubbed “Memorialpalooza” for her father, Howard, in 2016 a few months after his death. “None of us is going to get out of this alive,” says Bossert, Read more

Alan Grey RIP: Businessman, rugby enthusiast and philanthropist

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Hundreds gathered in Apia on the Wednesday before Easter for the funeral of prominent businessman and philanthropist La’auli Alan Grey in what’s been described as a who’s who of Samoan society. His funeral Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Mulivai. Grey was the unassuming but astute businessman who took the legendary Aggie Read more

Funeral for bisexual goose draws a crowd

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Kāpiti Coast’s blind, bisexual goose, Thomas was laid to rest in public ceremony earlier this month, marking the end of a life spent delighting residents and bird lovers. A headstone will be added to the grave to mark Thomas’ life. He was believed to be 38 when he died. Continue reading   Related Posts:Funeral directors call on Government Read more

Mexico’s earthquake turns baptism into a funeral

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Mexico’s earthquake last week turned a day of joy into disaster for a family gathered at the Santiago the Apostle Catholic Church. Eleven members of the family gathering for a baptism died when the earthquake caused the ceiling to fall in. The infant was among the dead. The only survivors were the baby’s father, the Read more

NZ Bishops ask that ashes of deceased be treated with respect

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Last week the Bishops of New Zealand issued a statement asking Catholics to treat the ashes of their loved ones with respect when they have chosen to have their bodies cremated. This follows on the recent statement the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about cremation and the scattering of ashes. “The loss of Read more

Southlanders farewell their own Bishop Len Boyle

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The final requiem mass for Bishop Len Boyle was celebrated in St Mary’s Basilica in Invercargill last Thursday. It was attended by A crowd of several hundred people – many of whom spilled out into the foyer. Clergy from throughout Southland, Otago, New Zealand and Australia were in attendance at the mass, as was Invercargill Read more

Priest presides at historic Melbourne gangland funeral

Friday, May 27th, 2016

A priest has presided over what has been described as the last Melbourne gangland funeral of its kind. Fr Joe Caddy presided at the funeral of George Williams, 69, the father of notorious gangland criminal, the late Carl Williams. “We all fall over,” said Fr Caddy. “But all people have goodness,” he added. Fr Caddy Read more

Trump Easter billboard stolen from outside Auckland church

Friday, April 1st, 2016

An Auckland church’s billboard about Donald Trump was stolen while the church’s minister was conducting a funeral service. The billboard was put up for Lent several weeks ago outside St Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Remuera. The sign depicted US presidential candidate Donald Trump standing in front of the crucified Jesus, holding a hammer and saying, Read more