News and Notes: Comparing Funeral Traditions

Mar 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Aud and Trygve in 2014 - photo by Sidsel Hvaal

Aud and Trygve in 2014 – photo by Sidsel Hvaal

Thanks to everyone who responded to last week’s question about reading Norwegian! The Frozen Dead Guy Days story in the Norwegian newspaper Budstikka came out over the weekend. The article by Sidsel Havaal is titled: Bredo døde for 25 år siden. Nå ligger han på tørris og har egen festival (Translation) Bredo died 25 years ago. Now he lies on dry ice and has his own festival.

I was fascinated to learn more about the family and Grandpa Bredo’s life in this story. Apparently, the documentary “Grandpa’s in the TUFF SHED” that I showed all weekend has several wrong details about Bredo’s death.

He did not die at the age of 82 while back country skiing. He died at the age of 89 while taking a nap.

Congratulations to Jasmine Walker of Boulder, who won the prize package of fun Frozen Dead Guy Days stuff and A Good Goodbye book and DVD set.

Charles Cowling co-director of the Good Funeral Guide in the United Kingdom and author of the fabulous book of the same name, joins me to discuss differences and trends in funerals, comparing British and American traditions. Tune in for a fascinating conversation live on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on TogiNet Talk Radio.

News from the Toastmasters International speech contest front: I did not win at the area level. My competitors were formidable. But, if you want to see the winning speech at the club level, click to see the YouTube video at The Family Plot Blog.

Top Tips From Last Week’s Show

We Don't Die coverOn last week’s A Good Goodbye Radio show, my guest was Sandra Champlain, author of We Don’t Die: A Skeptic’s Discovery of Life After Death. We had a wide-ranging conversation, including topics such as near-death experiences, remote viewing and Electronic Voice Phenomena. Here are a few take-away tips to ponder:

  • When we’re not afraid of dying, we’re not afraid of living.
  • Heaven and hell are right here on earth – hell has the challenges, pain and suffering we face, while heaven is in the love and beauty all around us.
  • Life is an education for our souls to grow as human beings.
  • We are more than just our bodies. We are made up of energy and energy never goes away.

“Man accepts death, but not his time of death. He is ready to die anytime, except when it’s his time to die.” — Emil Michel Cioran

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