Posts Tagged ‘funerals’

Putting DIY funerals on NZ’s radar Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Two men have made it their mission to spread the acceptance of DIY funerals, and to aid those who choose to go that way. They are Philip Tomlinson of Timaru and Paul Briggs of Nelson. The pair are in open rebellion against the funeral industry because both feel the New Zealand funeral industry has become Read more

Auckland cemeteries plans ‘insensitive’ Comments 0

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Funeral directors argue proposed changes to the rules around burials and cremations in Auckland are insensitive. The proposed amendments to the Auckland council’s Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw include restricting the time when burials can take place, allowing only a person authorised by the council to fill a grave, removing flowers from graves two weeks after Read more

Canadian archbishop bans eulogies at funeral Masses Comments 1

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Eulogies have been banned during Catholic funeral Masses in Ottawa in Canada. A February 2 decree from Archbishop Terrence Prendergast states Catholics gather at funerals “not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them”. Contrary to popular belief, eulogies “are not part of the Catholic funeral rites, particularly in the context of a funeral Read more

Mum’s eulogy interrupted as church evacuated Comments 0

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In Wellington, New Zealand, a mother’s eulogy at her 15-year-old daughter’s funeral was interrupted as firefighters evacuated the church owing to fears it was unsafe. Alatauai Leota-Sasa, a netball ace from St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, was being farewelled at PIPC Newtown church yesterday when the pastor interrupted to say the building had been declared uninhabitable. Continue reading Related Read more

Mortal remains and good funerals Comments 0

Friday, February 1st, 2013

The first week of April 2005 was dominated by images of Pope John Paul II’s dead body vested in red, mitred and laid out among his people with bells and books and candles, blessed with water and incense, borne from one station to the next in what began to take shape as a final journey. Read more