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Wednesday 27 June 2012

What NOT to say at a funeral (humour)

  • I should have said something earlier... but I really, really need his kidney.
  • Down in front!
  • Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon.
  • Better him than me.
  • Pick it up - I've got Zumba at 4.
  • Whoa. I didn't know we were supposed to dress up.
  • You look like you've seen a ghost.
  • Did he pay you to come, too?
  • Who's the dead guy?
  • Is that my beeper - or is he still wearing his?
  • See, kids? This is what God does to the bad ones.
  • How much for the long black coffee table?
  • Can I put my drink here?
  • Get up, Jimmy! It's not funny anymore!
  • Eeewwww! What cheap flowers!
  • Is the karoake after this part?
  • He won't be needing that tie anymore, will he?
  • Got any smack?
  • He looks so peaceful... you'd never know he's burning in Hell right now.
  • Does anyone have dibs on his parking space?
  • He never liked you.
  • Stall long enough, and you never have to return their tools.
  • Finally, I can get a picture of him with his mouth shut. Say "cheese".

Monday 11 June 2012

Goddess of Death

Ever heard the name Libitina? No? Well I have to be honest before I googled death and mythology, I hadn’t either but she makes for an interesting read, and a belated/very early Halloween costume too.

In Roman mythology, Libitina was the goddess of death, corpses and funerals. Image wise, there was not much to inspire as her face was seldom portrayed. As a reigning personification of death she was manifested as a black robed winged figure who hovered above her ‘prey’.

I’m deeply fascinated by the story and delighted I came upon it. As we have said before it is a slow burner that women get involved in the funeral industry and yet here we are with the lady that started it all.

She often had temples set up in her honour that would house all the necessities for funerals, including gravediggers. It is also worth noting that the great Colosseum apparently housed one gate dedicated to Libitina in honour of all the fallen gladiators who fought and lost their lives within the Colosseums great walls.