In May 1876, Baron Joseph Henry Louis Charles De Palm died, leaving his worldy goods to Theosophical Society
president H.S. Olcott
with the request that his body be disposed of “in a fashion that would illustrate the Eastern notions of death and immortality." And so, after what the press called a "Pagan Funeral" in New York and with the help of Pennsylvania doctor Francis LeMoyne
, his became the first modern cremation in the United States
. The New York Times
of 1876 covered both funeral
. (That is, if you can stand to read grainy pdf scans of old newsprint.)
In Winter 2009, a theosophist telling of events
was published in the American society's quarterly, Quest
magazine. Olcott himself devoted several chapters to De Palm's story in his Old Diary Leaves
posted by Lorin
on Oct 4, 2012 -
"STANDING THERE on the dais, consider the world as a series of concentric rings of loyalty. The people in the nearest ring, those in the front row, are owed the most. You should speak first to them. And then, in the next measure, to the room itself, which is the next ring, and only then to the physical world outside, the neighborhood, the town, the place, and then, just maybe, to the machinations of life-muffling institutions." from How to Give a Eulogy. [more inside]
posted by storybored
on Sep 7, 2011 -
- "The process of having cremated ash placed in live ammunition begins when you contact us. You tell us what type of hunting or shooting that the decedent practiced and we can help you decide what will best suit your needs....1 Pound of ash is enough to produce 250 shotshells."
posted by madamjujujive
on Jul 31, 2011 -
This has not been a good year
, the worlds largest funeral services corporation. Now allegations have surfaced that groundskeepers for Eden Memorial Park were secretly instructed to desecrate graves (possibly in excess of 500 individual bodies) in order to make room. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Drive Thru Church Service? Check
. Drive Thru Wedding? Check
. Drive Thru Funeral? Check
. Drive Thru Strip Club? Huh
? If you're too lazy or too tired to get out of your car, Fogonazos
has a list of convenient drive-thrus for you.
posted by amyms
on Feb 23, 2007 -
Music for Funerals
- 5000 Brits were surveyed about songs they'd like played during their funeral. I'm warning you right now, Bon Jovi made the top 20.
posted by davebush
on Oct 3, 2006 -
Are you a recently deceased motorcycle enthusiast desiring of a dignified final ride? You can have it!
Want to be carted off to your final resting place in rugged style, in a 4x4 Land Rover like the one you used to tear around in when you were among the living? No problem!
But if you've just kicked the bucket in China's Jiangsu Province and you'd been hoping to wow the mourners at your big send-off with some strippers, sorry, but you can't do that
. Just want to learn a little more about funeral practices around the world? You can go here
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 26, 2006 -
Reagan should be on a $3 bill
"For the funeral of Ronald Reagan, they took the body from Beverly Hills to Simi Valley, the white Los Angeles suburb, where it stayed for a day and a half or so then they drove it in one of these two hearses to the airport and flew it to Washington and then they had a march and afterwards put the casket into the Capitol for crowds to pass by and now there was to be another march and a religous service and then a drive to the airport, where the casket will be shuttled back to the airport south of Los Angeles and in a hearse to the final ceremony at his library on Friday. That is quite a funeral. They buried George Washingon in half the time.
You keep thinking of Harry Truman, whose code was, "Do not impose." He left an order that there were to be no eulogies at his funeral."
posted by Postroad
on Jun 11, 2004 -
"The crowds were so dense and chaotic outside that some people were trampled underfoot, others rammed against traffic lights, and some others choked to death. It is estimated that 500 people lost their lives while trying to get a glimpse of Stalin's corpse." The string quartet playing at Stalin's graveside wept openly - for Sergei Prokofiev, who died the same day and hour
Stalin was first interred next to Lenin, under glass
. But five years later, it was time to physically remove Stalin from a place of honor.
"Stalin had been a dictator and a tyrant. Yet he presented himself as the Father of Peoples, a wise leader, and the continuer of Lenin's cause. After his death, people began to acknowledge that he was responsible for the deaths of millions of their own countrymen."
posted by stonerose
on Jun 8, 2004 -
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004. From the transcript of a phone call made by Kevin B. Wyckoff to his parents, Charles and Martha Wyckoff, a few hours after they had attended his funeral on December 22. Kevin B. Wyckoff is an inmate at the Lexington Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, where he is serving a five-year sentence for offenses including kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Originally from Harper's Magazine, March 2004.
posted by sunexplodes
on Jun 3, 2004 -
I'd like my left bollock to go to Julie and my right one to Children in Need.
Quoth Davy Saville.
Don't ever die, it's horrible
is Øystein Runde's
would like to be disposed of as follows ...chucked in the water float for weeks as my corpse rots. Only to wash up on a beach in the coasta del sol.
I want my Dad barred from my funeral. The mans a cun*...
says Mark Reed
is a site which allows people to specify the arrangements after their death. From food and dress code to disposal and famous last words. Read or contribute
your own. [Contribution
requires quick registration]
posted by kenaman
on Apr 30, 2004 -
A military honor guardsman has been fired
for saying God bless you
, while he presented a folded American flag to the family of a deceased veteran, during the burial service. By way of obscurestore
posted by Beholder
on Jan 23, 2003 -
"Sitting on a shelf for years and years"
— While what happened may sound unsettling...funeral directors say WV legislators have not passed any laws that tell funeral homes what to do with unclaimed remains like the ones found here in Charleston. Think I'll stay out of the basement.
posted by netbros
on Mar 22, 2001 -