from FaithWorld:

Hindu wins battle for funeral pyre in Britain

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2010

Davender Ghai outside of Britain's High Court in London, 18 Jan 2010/Toby Melville

Davender Ghai outside of Britain's High Court in London, 18 Jan 2010/Toby Melville

from Tales from the Trail:

Laughter, emotion and presidents at funeral of Biden’s mother

January 12, 2010

When it comes to showing support, bringing an entourage of people on a huge famous plane to the funeral of your friend's mother says a lot. USA/

from FaithWorld:

Poll – Should Ted Kennedy have a Catholic funeral?

August 29, 2009

kennedyOur post "Catholic comments on Ted Kennedy, pro and con" showed readers were deeply split on whether the late senator should have a Roman Catholic funeral. The naysayers argued that his support for choice on abortion and other disagreements with Church doctrine disqualify him from a religious ceremony. Those for a church funeral argued that he helped advance many causes championed by Catholic social teaching.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Israel’s burial crisis and the afterlife

August 3, 2009

Far from the spotlight of peace talks and military conflicts, Israel is facing a different kind of land crisis: it is running out of space to bury its dead. Most Jewish cemeteries in major cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, are filled beyond maximum capacity. Gravestones are packed together leaving little room for mourners to gather.

from Africa News blog:

Black or white?

July 8, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nowhere was Michael Jackson mourned more than in Africa. Young and old, people wept openly when news broke of his death, struck by disbelief and sadness. His funeral was followed across the continent anywhere that a television set could be found.
 
Jackson’s link with Africa strengthened when he visited the continent at the age of 14 as lead singer of the Jackson Five. Emerging from the plane in Senegal, he responded to a welcome of drummers and dancers by screaming: ''This is where I come from."
 
But by the time of his death, it was unclear whether Jackson was so proud of his origins. Surgery had altered his appearance to such an extent that many felt he looked as white as he did African-American.

from Fan Fare:

Michael Jackson WILL have a funeral, right??

July 2, 2009

jessicaIts been a full week since Michael Jackson died.  So .... When is the King of Pop's funeral? And where?

from Fan Fare:

Family, friends gather to mourn Farrah Fawcett

July 1, 2009

(Writing and Reporting by Laura Isensee)farrah11

Family members and friends gathered to mourn 1970s TV star Farrah Fawcett, who died last week after a long battle with cancer. You can read about the memorial service here.

from FaithWorld:

Funeral may show if Michael Jackson converted to Islam

June 29, 2009

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One of the many rumours that swirled around Michael Jackson in the final years of his life was that he had secretly converted to Islam and taken the name Mikaeel. The "King of Pop" does not seem to have spoken about this publicly himself, and that scene in Bahrain when he went shopping badly disguised in an Arab woman's abaya could be put down to his well-known penchant for dressing up. So unless there is some statement in his will or documentary evidence in his estate, his funeral expected this week may be the last time to test whether this rumour has any basis in fact.

from UK News:

Scots favour traditional funeral hymns

April 16, 2009

While the English and Welsh are asking for more pop songs to be played at funerals, the Scots are bucking the trend and opting for more religious music.