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To The East

OK, I know the blog has been dead–no pun intended–for a week or so, but it was with good reason! I just returned a couple days ago (OK more like four days ago) from my trip out East for a job interview with S.C.I. or Service Corporation International for those of you that are unfamiliar with the abbreviation.  I was in Boston/Cambridge for a week from September 26th through October 3rd and it was wonderful, the most wonderful part being that they made me an offer.  Catching up with friends and good food tied for second place though.

Anyway, with all that being said, I wanted to just quickly put some ideas  out there for upcoming posts: euthanasia, the rural cemetery movement, casket hardware, mania for the macabre, and taphophilia.  I have started all of these independently in my drafts, but we’ll see how I do once my perfectionism takes hold. Aside from posts, I am also starting to work on a morbid/macabre bucket list that I intend to create a page for on this blog.  My Uncle Jim and several friends were my inspiration.

I’ll leave you with an interesting factoid and a picture from my trip to Mount Auburn.

Christian burials were traditionally made supine east (feet)-west (head). This is still how a typical funeral procession in and out of a Christian church is oriented. There are several reasons offered for this burial tradition. One reason is that it mirrors the layout of Christian churches.  Another, often cited in conjunction with the aforementioned reason, is that upon resurrection the individual may view the coming of Christ on Judgment Day. On the other hand, ordained clergy are traditionally buried in the opposite orientation and their caskets are carried likewise. The belief, I have heard from several priests, is so that they may rise facing, and ready to minister to, their people upon resurrection. 

 

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