Death

  • 31 Oct 2006

    Ekklesia has written about and been quoted on the issue of ‘disability’ abortions. Comments have also been made about frozen embryos, euthanasia and living wills.

  • 22 Apr 2014

    The long religious and secular weekend is over. The Bank Holiday draws to an end and the liturgical celebrations of Easter reached their climax the day before yesterday. As Quakers do not keep these 'times and seasons', I find myself caught in a challenging no-woman's land at Easter and Christmas.

  • 10 Aug 2013

    Western culture often prides itself on its openness. Yet death remains a taboo subject for many, or at least one that is skirted around rather prosaically in many situations.

  • 24 May 2013

    The Church of Scotland has agreed to investigate the increasing costs of holding funerals, following an intervention at its annual gathering.

  • 13 Apr 2013

    That a politician as divisive as Margaret Thatcher should polarise opinion in death is probably not surprising. Unfortunately, responses on both sides of the divide have done little but entrench bitterness and have pointed yet again to the sterile confrontationalism of so much of our politics.

  • 29 Jul 2012

    This morning I took part in Meeting for Worship in the small 18th century Friends Meeting House at Calf Cop in North Yorkshire. Situated in that area known to Quakers as '1652 country' where the borders of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria come within a few miles of each other, the Meeting House stands in a quiet burial ground bordered by pine trees and looks across an open landscape to the massive flat-topped mountain of Ingleborough.

  • 23 Mar 2012

    For the last decade, Germans have tapped into their nation's feelings for its ancient forests and chosen a final resting place in a woodland gravesite.

  • 3 Nov 2011

    A Japanese interfaith symposium has explored the attitudes of religious communities to suicide, including the meaning of the term "voluntary death".

  • 6 May 2011

    The President of the Methodist Conference has said that a faith which shies away from the issue of death is "neither real nor relevant" in today's world.

  • 5 May 2011

    So President Obama has decided that he will not release the image of Osama bin Laden’s body. The reason, he says, is that it could be used for propaganda purposes by terrorist organisations. How about the fact that making public the blood-stained and damaged body of a human being is just plain unpleasant, undignified and quite wrong?