All Blog Posts Tagged 'funeral' (11)

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Letter to Rabbi Rosin

FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.

Oct. 5, 2014

Dear Rabbi Rosin,

Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — 17 Comments

Religion and Death: How Will I Behave at Mom’s Funeral?

“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”

--George Bernard Shaw

 

“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death.  Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 8, 2013 at 11:46am — 9 Comments

My Father's Funeral, an Atheist's Funeral.

  A few weeks ago my father passed away. Like me he was an Atheist. Like me he had been one since he was a young man. I was six when I “became” one, or rather realized, like with Santa, the Easter Bunny,

ghosts and all, it was all made up.

  So in keeping with my father’s wishes we had a non-religious funeral.  I gave the eulogy. I spoke about his life.  What he had…

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Added by Rick on March 4, 2011 at 4:03pm — 7 Comments

Love never fails [A post in memory of my mom]



A universal sentiment for atheists and believers alike.



My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly last month. She died from what appears to have been a massive stroke. She had just seen a doctor, and while she had a few relatively minor health issues (as many 50-somethings do), she had just seen a doctor… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on August 9, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dad's Funeral

My father has gone. I do not know what will happen next. I will miss him. He was 79 years old and possibly the most amazing person in my life.

He was generous and kind and he never knew a stranger and he is now gone and I am feeling a great deal of pain right now. Dad was cremated so we had a viewing and a memorial service for him. I did a short eulogy. It had to be short because I knew that my composure would last only a short while.

The day was a day of tears…

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Added by LeeLah on July 13, 2010 at 2:47am — No Comments

"Lord, I am not worthy, but only say the word and I shall be healed."

All Catholics may remember this line during the blessing of the Eucharist. I went to my uncle's big catholic funeral mass this week and low and behold, I didn't get any word. While my mom, dad, uncles, aunts and cousins around me must have gotten the word, since they all went up to get the magical, cannibalistic wafer. My dad must have been pissed since he almost blew me over getting by me. They were all very into the whole ceremony. I stood and sat, but refused to kneel. Although I remembered… Continue

Added by Dave Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

"She had her faith and that's all that mattered..."

Last Monday I went to the funeral for the wife of a coworker. Unbeknown to me, it ended up being a full blown 1.5 hour Catholic mass. In the last 30 years, you can count on one hand how many masses I’ve been to. Twice my mother guilt-tripped me into going about 25 years ago (she gave up trying long ago). The other times were funerals like this week. This was my first mass since joining A/N and becoming basically an anti-theist.



I went with two coworkers who are both religious. I did… Continue

Added by Dave Rogers on September 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Funerals of the Eight Avalanche Victims in Fernie, BC

Those … well, there’s no cuddly way to say it. Those bastards at the Westboro Baptist Church are at it again. On Monday, eight men were killed in an avalanche in Fernie, BC while enjoying a day of snowmobiling. Fred Phelps and his band of deluded psychos wasted no time and issued this press release (page is a pdf) that… Continue

Added by Kate Holden on December 31, 2008 at 12:00pm — 22 Comments

"Grandpa" is Just a Word

I read this at my grandpa's funeral on 11/19/2008.

None of this seems real quite yet. Part of me wonders if it ever will. Another part of me wonders… if this never seems real, how will there ever again be such a thing as "reality"?



Guy Heintzelman was my grandpa. But that was just a biological technicality. There isn't a moment of my life that I can recall when he wasn't an integral piece of who I am. Be it picking me up from school, weekend trips to the… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Whose Service Is This, Again?

I attended a funeral recently for a relative of a friend, and I saw a familiar type of service.



The deceased had lived 84 years, and the only things the minister mentioned about him in this memorial (though they were mentioned repeatedly and with due emphasis on their considerable value) were the facts that he was a serviceman (U.S. Navy, in both WWII and Korea), husband, and father (and grandfather and great-grandfather). That's about it.



Wait, not quite: There was also a… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on July 25, 2008 at 4:58pm — 7 Comments

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