Kindly Share This Story: B ut why caricature a man who never had a car with a final ride to the grave in a hired limousine? By Dr Ugoji Egbujo A matriarch dies. A frenzy ensues. The story of funerals in southern Nigeria. The real mourning doesn’t last long because the need to impress people at the funeral kicks in immediately. Family members begin to break their heads to raise funds to magnify themselves by a grandiose funeral. Culture says the dead should be honoured. But why caricature a man who never had a car with a final ride to the grave in a hired limousine? Some who died in cringe-worthy circumstances of abject lack are sometimes buried with stubborn lavishness. Funerals can rightly be carnivals. Life without colorful rituals will be drab. But funerals need not be farcical. They are gradually becoming the summary of our vanity and blooming hypocrisy. There is a new one. A man’s father dies. One of the man’s audacious friends collects … [Read more...] about Pride and Profit: The story of funeral ceremonies
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The funeral for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s father Walter will take place today in his hometown of Brantford, Ont. TSN has tweeted it will have live coverage of the 2 p.m. funeral. The service takes place two days after Walter Gretzky died at the age of 82. A small memorial sprung up for Walter Gretzky outside the arena that bears his son’s name in Brantford on Friday. Two hockey sticks — one full-sized, one miniature — and a Canadian flag adorn the sign marking off Walter Gretzky’s parking spot outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Tributes poured in for the elder Gretzky after his death was announced by his son late Thursday night. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021. … [Read more...] about Funeral for Walter Gretzky to be held Saturday in home town of Brantford, Ont.
In a nightmarish scenario, a deceased Phuket expat’s body is stuck in a Thai hospital as his step‐daughter claims hospital administrators won’t release the body due to a passport mix‐up. Gemma Swift, the step‐daughter of 75 year old David Donoghue, who died 2 weeks ago, says she is pleading with embassy staff in Thailand to resolve, what she says, is purely an administrative issue after Donoghue’s passport number at the hospital was from that of an expired one. Donoghue’s current passport was on file with the British Embassy, but because it did not match what the hospital had, his body has remained at the hospital. Swift says it was something that could easily be corrected and the situation was “horrendous” for the family. “The British Embassy over in Bangkok, they said that because [the number] was from his current passport, they were unable to change the letter. They have said that they won’t reissue a letter with the passport number that he’s got in the hospital with him.” … [Read more...] about Deceased Phuket expat’s body stuck in hospital due to passport mix-up
A Stone Great Dane stands watch over the grave of Jacob Bornkamp... florist to the royals and an unwitting champion of gay rights. Jacob, 52, was in the prime of his life when he was brutally slain in the street in 2000, just three years after his flowers adorned Westminster Abbey for the funeral of Princess Diana. Flamboyant Jacob, also known as Jaap, had previously made bouquets for prime ministers and even a posy for the Queen. His life was cut short in an unprovoked knife attack, which many believe was a homophobic murder. The unsolved killing proved to be a watershed moment for the rights of gay people. For until Jacob’s death, partners in same-sex unions were not entitled to compensation for the loss of loved ones. But that changed when Danny O’Neill, Jacob’s partner of 20 years, lobbied the Government to give gay couples equal rights. Now Jacob’s family have told his story for the first time in recognition of the florist’s legacy – and in the hope new leads to … [Read more...] about Royal florist’s brutal Cold Case murder still mystery with ‘no motive’ ever found
NHS nurses have slammed the government's proposal of a 'pitiful' 1 per cent pay rise after Rishi Sunak warmed Britain will be paying off Covid debts for decades. The Royal College of Nursing said nurses should be getting 12.5% more and said the government should expect a "backlash" should the suggested pay rise goes ahead. A staggering 1 million people will be dragged into paying the higher rate of income tax by 2025 thanks to the Chancellor's plans, they warned - taking the total to 5 million. Paul Johnson, from the IFS, warned that further tax rises are likely to lie ahead and said it was a "tale of two budgets" as the Chancellor extended several support packages including furlough for months to come. He said the tax burden is set to rocket to levels not seen since the 1960s, and warned gloomily: “It is possible we'll see even bigger ones over the next few years”. Mr Johnson said: “Take account of the cuts to planned spending announced in the Autumn and Santa Sunak, … [Read more...] about Budget 2021 news – NHS nurses’ FURY at ‘pitiful’ 1% pay rise after covid created toughest year in living memory