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Old 12-22-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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Funerals are for the living.

My mother was cremated and buried, the end. Her wishes, my dad's wishes.
My dad was cremated and buried with military honors as he was very proud of his service during WWII, and they are both buried in the state veterans cemetery (the spouse of veterans are eligible).

No prayers, no preaching, no bible babble.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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True, but the living need to seriously get over it!

I swear, those ceremonies are so freakin' morbid. Everyone has to walk around with a sad face, all the crying, fake crying, fake sadness, lying obituaries, that morose organ music, etc....it's all keeping up appearances. It's like a frickin' Boris Karloff horror movie.

Meanwhile, i think most people at the funeral are thinking the whole time about how good the food is gonna be when it's all over.
I gather from your post that you have not been to many Irish Wakes.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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I gather from your post that you have not been to many Irish Wakes.
Nope. Well...seeing as how i'm the furthest thing from being Irish as one can be......
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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The funeral tradition I admire the most:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhcinJ03idI#t=1m30s

Who wouldn't like to go out like that?
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:02 AM
 
Location: USA - midwest
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Exclamation What is an atheist funeral like?

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I ask that question because while sitting at a Christian funeral in a 1st Christian Church the other day I got to wondering what they could talk about at one of those things. In this one two ministers went on and on about how great the man had been. I just had to wonder what atheists do in comparison.

They remember the deceased. Preachers who hardly knew the deceased are not required at atheist services. Friends and family will be there. They knew him and they'll miss him. The pain is the same with or without middle eastern mythology.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
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What is an atheist funeral like?
....a bit like this actually.



Harry Enfield, The Old Gits - 4 Funerals & A Wedding - YouTube
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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They are like all funerals and consist of a gathering of friends to remember the good in a personís life, and help each other move past the grief. We just remove the myths, and gods.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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I ask that question because while sitting at a Christian funeral in a 1st Christian Church the other day I got to wondering what they could talk about at one of those things. In this one two ministers went on and on about how great the man had been. I just had to wonder what atheists do in comparison.
We shoot the body out of a cannon.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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They are like all funerals and consist of a gathering of friends to remember the good in a personís life, and help each other move past the grief. We just remove the myths, and gods.
That is exactly the point. One of the best courses I ever took was the Sociology of Death. It was an excellent survey of cultural attitudes, beliefs and customs related to death, dying and burial from around the world.

Funerals are not for the dead; they're for the living.

Moving beyond...


Mircea
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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I just found this and thought it would be appropriate in this thread:

Planning Ahead Can Make a Difference in the End : NPR

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You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.
Aaron Freeman is cool!
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