Do you find this conversation offensive?
haven't seen Harry for months. How is he?
Dead! He died just before Christmas.
Which would you prefer to say?
He passed away just before Christmas.
We lost him just before Christmas.
Do you use similar expressions in your language toavoid the words dead or died? If so, what are they?
In your country:
When someone dies, what happens to their body?
a. It is buried. b. It is cremated.c. Something else
Where do funeral ceremonies take place?
a. In a church b. At a shrinec. Somewhere else
Who usually attends funerals?
a. Only men b. Men and women c. Anyone
What colour do people wear to signify death?
a. Black b. White c. A different colottr
What do people usually do at funerals?
a. Cry openly and express strong emotions.b. Keep their emotions under control.c. Tr~fot to cry, but cry quietly if they cannot help it.
When you die, would you prefer to be buried or cremated?
Read the two articles opposite. Then choose the bestanswers to these two questions:
Why do you think nobody sang the final song at thefuneral of George Ramsbottom?
Because they didn't agree with George's brother.b. Because they were shocked by what had happened.
What is Maplethorpe council going to do?
a. Order the body to be re-buried in a cemetery.b. Nothing.
Discuss the questions below in pairs:
Was Frank Ramsbottom right to make the speech?
"You should never speak ill of the dead." Do youagree?
Can you bury someone in their garden in yourcountry?
Can you scatter their ashes wherever you like?
How would you feel if your next-door neighboursburied their grandmother in their back garden?
"Die, my dear doctor? That'sthe last thing I shall do!"
SURPRISING HONESTY AT FUNERAL
Family and friends at the funeral of GeorgeRamsbottom in Honley, West Yorkshire,were stunned when his brother, Frank, stoodup in the church and told everyone that hisbrother would not be missed.Describing his brother as the meanest manhe had ever met, he went on to list all thepeople who would be glad to know thatGeorge had died, and gave the reasons why.He claimed that George was a liar, a cheat, awomaniser and a drunk. "He owed money tohalf the people in the village; he had ruineda number of marriages; and he was oftenincredibly rude for no good reason. No onewill be sad that he has gone," said FrankRamsbottom.Mr Ramsbottom's unexpected speech wasfollowed by complete silence. EventuallyMargaret Dudley, the minister in charge ofthe service, stood to say, "Let us give thanksfor George's life with our final song." Shethen sang on her own while everyone elsestood in silence. The service ended shortlyafterwards.
HOME BURIAL CAUSES ANGER
family who buried a relative in their backgarden have angered neighbours.Residents of a care home were shocked tosee the coffin of Daniel Stevens lowered intoa grave in Chesterfield Road, Maplethorpe.Staff at the Adamson care home, whichoverlooks the garden, want the body re-buried in a cemetery.Geraldine Thomson, the manager of thehome, said: "Someone sent me a letter lastweek to say the funeral would happen onThursday.
thought it was a joke.There were about
people in the gardenfor the service. When
called the police theysaid they couldn't do anything to stop itbecause it wasn't illegal."Maplethorpe council said it was not able toprevent a burial on private land as long ascertain rules were followed.
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