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Cemetery OHS

Today was the first time I saw this apparatus on which a coffin is placed in order to be lowered into a grave.

Apparently it’s safer that the ground-level apparatus they formerly used.

I suppose the big city cemeteries have been using these for years.

(I imagine they’d also hinder any folk who might be inclined to want to jump in the grave after the coffin as well.)


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The Aroma Of Memory

A funeral for a Christian man, whose life was the aroma of Jesus.

At the graveside his family were given sprigs of rosemary, the herb of remembrance, to cast in the grave.

Holding the herb, squeezing it gently, breathing in the herbaceous sweet woody aroma provided a pause to collect final memories of this man, and of his wife who had preceded him to heaven.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, … because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

Philippians 1:3,5


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The Hound Of Heaven Read By Richard Burton

By personal request I utilised excerpts from Francis Thompson’s poem The Hound Of Heaven in a funeral service today.
It expresses something of the faith journey of the lady who requested it.
Here’s Richard Burton’s recitation of the poem.


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Bush Cemetery

A funeral for a unique person concluded at the Nelson Cemetery today.

The Cemetery, of which she was a committee member for decades gives insight into her nature.

A sign outside the Cemetery contains pictures of some of the notable native flora that had been sighted in the area. Alongside the photos is a ‘Short List Of Native Plants Found Within This Cemetery’. (The Cemetery is set within a five acre reserve)

You can be certain that somewhere in her home the complete list of native plants found in the cemetery exists as well.

Vale Leila.


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Country Funeral

I led a funeral in Naracoorte for someone who can rightly be described as a renaissance woman.

She even featured on a local car that gets painted up with various messages of local importance.
 


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Rube Touzel

Attending the funeral of my colleague’s mother.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints.

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