Stop All The Clocks (Part 2)

I thought I’d post a link to the poem, as I forgot last time. Those of you with cultural leanings, or a familiarity with Four Weddings and a Funeral, won’t need it.

So far I’ve selected the man to take the service, inclined towards a cardboard coffin  and decided against a council funeral.

I’m thinking of a natural burial, though I’m concerned about cost. If anyone is going to make free with the kids’ inheritance it’s going to be me and Julia, not some stranger in a black suit.

For that reason I’m inclining towards a hot funeral with the sprinkling of the resulting ashes being performed in a cheap and clandestine manner. I can’t give too many details, but previous family ash scatterings owe a lot to the funeral of Sir  John Moore after the Battle of Corunna.

We buried him darkly at dead of night,
The sods with our bayonets turning;
By the struggling moonbeam’s misty light
And the lantern dimly burning.

It’s a bit like guerrilla gardening, but nobody writes so much about it. This is another way to scatter ashes.

Which brings us to the subject of the actual law on scattering ashes. It seems pretty relaxed, and you can scatter them anywhere as long as you have permission from the landowner. If you don’t have permission you can be fined for littering.

The law in other countries may differ – it is more complex, for instance, in the USA.

An unexpected feature of a cardboard coffin is that the resulting cremains are less bulky than if you use a wooden coffin. Or what passes for wood these days.

I think that’s enough for now. In the next part I will discuss music and Battenburg cake.





24 thoughts on “Stop All The Clocks (Part 2)

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  3. howikilledbetty

    Excellent! I must admit that Four Weddings for me was utter heaven in a chick-flick sort of way … and the poem made us all become somewhat damp around the eyes … great post ❤️

    1. quercuscommunity

      Thank you. It is a great film, and that scene still stands out after all these years. Simon Callow once rang my father-in-law in the pursuit of his family history. Sadly they couldn’t establish a link.

  4. Laurie Graves

    Not so complex, at least not here in Maine. The ashes of my mother and Clif’s mother were scattered at the edge of our yard, by the woods. A peaceful place to rest.

      1. Laurie Graves

        It is nice. And in central Maine, with four colleges within easy driving distance, we also have cultural opportunities. We really live in a good spot.

      2. Laurie Graves

        All is not wine and roses here. We do have wicked mud in March and early April.

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