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The Free-Form Funeral - WSJ
By Clare Ansberry
March 2, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET

There are new ways to say goodbye.

While many still turn to the funeral rites that have comforted generations, others, led by baby boomers, are taking a different approach than their parents and grandparents. They are instead choosing individualized and symbolic memorials: a party with a punk-rock band for a tattoo artist, or a gathering at an airport hangar for the devoted mechanic.

“It’s more about a life lived than a ritual of religion,” says Jimmy Olson, a spokesperson for the National Funeral Directors Association.

A changing society is fueling this trend. Nearly a quarter of adults in the U.S. aren’t affiliated with any organized religion, according to a 2014 report from the Pew Research Center. A rise in cremations, which now outnumber burials, gives leeway on when and where to hold memorials. Although there are some laws about where ashes can be scattered, many people spread them surreptitiously in especially meaningful places. In the past year, more than half of around 1,000 people surveyed had attended a memorial in a non-traditional place—in a backyard, atop a mountain, aboard a boat—according to the NFDA.
farewells  free-form  funerals  memorials  nontraditional  symbolism 
march 2019 by jerryking
Lynching memorial leaves some quietly seething: 'Let sleeping dogs lie' | US news | The Guardian
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Vergangenheitsbewältigung = coming to terms with the past — and it carries connotations of a painful history that citizens would rather not confront but that must be confronted in order not to be repeated.
Alabama  historical_amnesia  memorials  lynchings  terror  the_South  Vergangenheitsbewältigung 
april 2018 by jerryking
Opinion | At This Memorial, the Monuments Bleed - The New York Times
By Jesse Wegman

Mr. Wegman is a member of the editorial board.

April 25, 2018
the_South  slavery  lynchings  memorials  racial_violence 
april 2018 by jerryking
On the Vimy anniversary, it’s time we all learned the name Arthur Currie - The Globe and Mail
DONALD MACLEOD
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Apr. 09, 2017

we should celebrate Sir Arthur Currie and, perhaps, take a cue from our Australian cousins and consider promoting him to the rank of field marshal in the name of the soldiers of the Canadian Corp he led.
leadership  recognition  WWI  anniversaries  soldiers  Vimy  generalship  nation_building  history  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration  militaries 
april 2017 by jerryking
In South Africa, ‘a lot to be grateful for’ - The Globe and Mail
GEOFFREY YORK

SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Dec. 06 2013

The government announced on Friday that Mr. Mandela will be laid to rest on Dec. 15 in his childhood village of Qunu, in the beautiful rolling hills of the Eastern Cape. A huge memorial service will be held on Tuesday at a 95,000-seat soccer stadium on the edge of Johannesburg. Then his body will lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, so that hundreds of thousands of South Africans can bid him farewell before the state funeral.
Nelson_Mandela  South_Africa  memorials  obituaries  Geoffrey_York  Soweto 
december 2013 by jerryking
For Canada, a victory worth remembrance -
Nov. 11 2013 | The Globe and Mail | J.L. Granatstein.

One great Canadian campaign, however, remains all but unknown. The Hundred Days, that short period running from Aug. 8, 1918, to the armistice on Nov. 11, saw the Canadian Corps score victory after victory against the toughest German defences on the Western Front. The Hundred Days was unquestionably the most decisive campaign ever fought by Canadian troops in battle, and if we remember the losses and pain on Remembrance Day, we should also remember the Canadian triumphs that dramatically shortened the First World War.
nation_building  history  WWI  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration  J.L._Granatstein  veterans  soldiers  WWII  war  historians  Armistice  militaries 
november 2013 by jerryking
Coalition to build its own 1823 monument – Nigel Hughes
January 6, 2013 | Stabroek News |

Last week, ACDA, the All African Guyanese Council, the Pan-African Movement, the African Welfare Council, the Guyana Institute of Historical Research, and the People’s Parliament announced the formation of a coalition to establish the 1823 monument in its rightful place, dubbing the planned location disrespectful to African ancestors.
Afro-Guyanese  Guyana  slavery  memorials  history  ACDA  symbolism 
january 2013 by jerryking
Our lost and found memories of Vimy Ridge
Apr. 08, 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Jane Urquhart.

Battle of Vimy Ridge
Vimy  nation_building  history  WWI  Canadian  Canada  memorials  commemoration 
april 2012 by jerryking
Jack Layton: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone - The Globe and Mail
Tabatha Southey | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
Tabatha_Southey  Jack_Layton  memorials  reminiscing  obituaries  politicians 
august 2011 by jerryking

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