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Trusting In Allah [Nov. 9th, 2008|10:22 am]
Tony Grist
The prophet had very little patience with funerals (though he was known to weep at them). He wanted them conducted immediately after the death and with a minimum of fuss. Women were forbidden to go to the burying ground because they couldn't be trusted not to wail. The period of mourning was set at three days (except in the case of widows, who got a little longer). Grave markers- even grave mounds- were dismissed as so much vanity.

Yesteday's funeral was a robust mixture of DIY and tradition. The car that carried the coffin was a silver 4X4 with a cow catcher on the front and a sticker reading "Another fucking cyclist". The undertaker wore shabby clothes, a back to front cap and had a blue-tooth in his ear. The ceremony took this shape: an hour for the women to gather round the coffin and keen- and then a quarter of an hour for the men to recite the traditional prayers (which are largely silent). There was no bloody clergyman and no bloody homily.

Death happens. You deal with it and and then move on as quickly as you can.  Life is an illusion- which means you shouldn't take death too seriously- and too important to waste - which means you shouldn't spend more time on death than is strictly necessary.  The dead are in the hands of God.  Trust him to know what he's doing.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2008-11-09 03:39 pm (UTC)
I was so sorry to hear about the poor baby. I hope your neighbour and her family get some solace from the, to our eyes, rather perfunctory funeral. He didn't live long enough to be real - what has died is his future.

But, agreed, I want no fuss, either. I'd rather like a little ceremony where personal possessions of mine are handed out to friends and realtives with little notes attached from me. Then everyone can listen to "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" and drink 16 year ols Lagavulin until they fall over.

Scatter my ashes at Arbor Low.
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2008-11-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
that is so beautiful....
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-11-09 07:45 pm (UTC)
The funeral was short on ceremonial, but intense. There must have been a hundred women in the hall, lamenting over the coffin.

I like your projected funeral ritual. I don't know what I want.

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