Showing posts with label Cemetery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cemetery. Show all posts

May 20, 2016

A Catholic Burial Ground Will Not Accept Set of Men Wed Bands on Hd.Stone

Gov. Matt Bevin stated he wanted to protect the ‘sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians.'
Among headstone images at St. Michael's Cemetery in Germantown that depict golfing, fishing, playing basketball and baseball, riding motorcycles, #BBN (Big Blue Nation), race cars and numerous interlocking wedding rings, Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke didn't expect their design for a headstone showing rings and the Supreme Court building to stand out.

Then there's also the twin spires at Churchill Downs.
"You see all kinds of things...that are totally unrelated to any church teaching or any church symbolism," Bourke said.
The gay couple, who were married in Canada in 2004 and live in St. Matthews, were among the petitioners in the legal case that resulted in the historic June 26 ruling in which the Supreme Court said states must allow gays and lesbians to marry and that states much recognize those marriages.
So to them, the high court building -- "one of the great icons of American democracy," Bourke said -- seemed like a natural symbol to include on their headstone, along with the ubiquitous wedding rings.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville didn't see it that way, and a politely worded letter to De Leon and Bourke from Catholic Cemeteries executive director Javier Fajardo thanks them for their patience but said, "We cannot approve the depiction of the Supreme Court building and the use of wedding rings."
Otherwise, their request to be buried side by side and the rest of the design with their names, a cross and other standard information was deemed acceptable. They were asked to let Fajardo know if they wanted to submit a new design for review.
A Catholic cemetery is a "sacred place" where "the signs and symbols of our Catholic faith are displayed with pride and reverence," the letter said. "Inscriptions on grave markers are permitted so long as they do not conflict with any teaching of the Church. Your proposed markings are not in keeping with this requirement."

De Leon and Bourke, both 58, belong to a group called Catholics for Fairness that held a news conference with the theme "Freedom to Bury" along with the Fairness Campaign Wednesday outside St. Michael, 1153 Charles St., to call attention to what they consider to be an unjust situation.  State Rep. Jim Wayne, a supporter of the group, also was present. The Huffington Post posted a story Tuesdayabout the headstone controversy.

"We feel like we've been dealt with unfairly," Bourke said.  Their design is "not any more outrageous than other things," he said.  "It's very modest, not over-sized and not in a well-trafficked part of the cemetery."
At the same time, Bourke said the Archdiocese is exempt from the local Fairness Ordinance that prohibits discrimination against members of the LGBT community, and the "Archdiocese has every legal right to do what they're doing," Bourke said.  "We have no protection whatsoever in a situation like this."

They hope to set up a meeting with Archdiocese officials to try to reach a compromise but haven't taken action yet.  They had submitted their design in October, after consulting with an Archdiocese employee, not realizing that it would be subject to review by a higher authority.  They thought it was "like picking out countertops," Bourke said.

But "bells and whistles went off" when months went by before they received a response, in the form of the March 30 letter.  The "appropriateness" of any inscription or symbol is determined by the cemeteries director in consultation with the "proper Church authority," the letter said.

De Leon said he and Bourke are "planners and look ahead" and wanted to spare their two children any extra expense and trouble later.  Bourke's parents already have their memorial headstones in place three rows from where he and De Leon bought a plot last year, Bourke said.

"We just want to show support for Greg and Michael in their efforts," Chris Hartman, the Fairness Campaign's executive director, said in an interview.  Hartman said they all have been involved in an "ongoing public battle" for years with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz over the issues of LGBT rights, and he cited the decision not to allow Greg Bourke to continue to be a Boy Scout leader because he is openly gay as another example.
Bourke and De Leon "might have a more receptive audience with the Vatican than with the Archdiocese."

Bourke and De Leon are longtime members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in St. Matthews and they were named 2015 "Persons of the Year" by the National Catholic Reporter, an independent weekly newspaper based in Kansas City, Mo. De Leon works in information technology at General Electric, and Bourke is a consultant for Humana.

Bourke said the treatment they received with regard to the headstone design is not consistent with "the moderating tone we Catholics have enjoyed lately from Pope Francis."  At the press conference, he said it felt like “deliberate retaliation against my family” and asked,  "Is that what Jesus would do?"
, @MarthaElson_cj

December 4, 2013

In Norway When You Die You Ascend


oslo burial Norways Vertical Cemetery Offers A Cracking View Of The Dead

WHEN you die , you will ascend. You will rise up in Martin McSherry’s vertical cemetery. The Royal Danish School of Architecture students has showcased his design at the Oslo conference for Nordic cemeteries. His work has been  commended as “a highly original contribution”.
He says: ”Existing cemeteries will slowly be removed to provide land to the city’s living souls. The vertical cemetery, with its open front, will become a significant part of the city and a daily reminder of death’s existence. In time, the city’s tallest and largest building will become a grave for all its citizens – the city’s ever-changing monument.”

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There will be distinct floors for all believers and non-believers. Muslims, Jews, Christians and more will be slotted in. Who gets to see out eternity above whom is a moot point. But, then, the cemetery will grow because it’s modular. It can be like a religious game of jenga. You just have to lean to slot in together.
If Ikea did cemeteries, it would look a lot like this.
And it will grow and grow, the tower of decay casting a shadow over the city, creeping up on you. Death is not something that happens to other people. It’s creeping up on you.
Still, some things don’t change even with McSherry’s design: the dead love to be buried with a good view.

June 27, 2013

Live With The Dead to Beat The Rent………………………….

To Beat the High Rents with the Living is to Live with the Dead


Do you find yourself constantly complaining about the cost of living? What if you could live for free?
Taking into consideration the intersection of poverty, sometimes the world’s poorest are  made to live in unlikely living environments.
The International Business Times reports that a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia has been doing just that for the last 15 years – in a cemetery.
Bratislav Stojanovic, a former construction worker, decided to take up residency among the dead after getting robbed on numerous occasions by others living on the streets.
How does someone who lives in a cemetery all alone spend their time?
In a place with minimal interference or distractions, Stojanovic spends his days scavenging for candles and food scraps in the garbage. The candles enable him to stay warm on cold nights and he is happy that he has a place to rest where nobody bothers him, not even the police.
“I had a friend who also lived at the cemetery, but he left as his grave was damp,” he told the International Business Times. “I had a girlfriend, also homeless, but she’s gone. She died, but it is nicer to say that she’s gone,” he was quoted.
What appears to be a dark and lonely existence has become the norm for Stojanovic.
“I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time. Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead,” he told Reuters. After so many years living as an outsider on the burial grounds, starving worries him more than anything.
He feeds on scraps he finds in the city’s dumpsters, which apparently isn’t all that bad. “It’s amazing what people throw away,” Stojanovic says.
Living with the dead may seem like quite the lifestyle adjustment, but Stojanovic is not the first one to make his home in a cemetery. Last year, Oddity Central reported about an Argentinian woman who moved into her deceased husband’s mausoleum because she couldn’t bear not being without him.
And in Manila, there are nearly 10,000 homeless people living as cemetery dwellers. The population has become so large, that’s it’s almost a small village within itself.

December 5, 2011

Dead People } Renewable Energy Source

A crematorium in the United Kingdom recently announced that it would use heat from its burners to produce electricity and bring down its energy costs.
In Britain, crematoriums are a major source of air pollution from the mercury in dental fillings. The government has mandated that all such establishments cut their emissions in half by next year and eliminate them altogether by the end of the decade.
Durham Crematorium decided to take the required renovation as an opportunity to reduce its utility bills as well as its toxic emissions. The county run business is currently undergoing a £2.3 million project to install three new furnaces. The first phase, due to be completed early next year, will include a “heat recovery system” to be fitted to one burner to capture and recycle heat for the building.
The projects second phase will include the installation of turbines on the other two furnaces. Heat generated during cremation will trigger the turbines and generate enough electricity to power 1,500, according to Durham Crematorium.
Under the UK’s feed-in tarriff program, all of this extra electricity could be sold back to the National Grid at a decent price. If successful, this scheme means that not only will the crematorium be powered by the bodies of the deceased, so will many homes and businesses in the area.
While it’s not the first crematorium in Britain to recycle  heat in this way, the Durham Crematorium is certainly the only one that will generate electricity to be sold back into the grid.
Experts say that if the heat recycling process proves profitable, other crematoriums across Europe could follow suit. While it’s definitely a little creepy to think about dead bodies heating up your living room, it’s actually a pretty resourceful idea. The traditional funeral process is extremely resource intensive and is responsible for many toxic substances leaching into our soil and water supply.
Recycling corpses into much needed affordable energy is a more honorable and practical way to dispose of the body. For those that have already chosen cremation, it could be comforting to know that they’ll get to perform one last generous service to mankind by being transformed into a weird source of renewable energy.


November 8, 2011

Spanish cemetery in Madrid to evict the dead } Where are we going to put the death

 A man stands in front of rows of tombs in a Madrid cemetery that's threatening to evict thousands of burial whose leases are up.A man stands in front of rows of tombs in a Madrid cemetery that's threatening to evict thousands of burial whose leases are up. (Paul White/Associated Press)
 Pushed for space, a Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites with lapsed leases as a warning to relatives that their ancestors face possible eviction.
Jose Abadia, deputy urban planning manager for Zaragoza in Spain's northeast, said Monday that the city's Torrero graveyard had already removed remains from some 420 crypts, and reburied them in common ground.
He said the cases involved graves whose leases had not been renewed for 15 years or more. Torrero, like many Spanish cemeteries, no longer allows people to buy grave sites, instead leasing them out for periods of five or 49 years.
Abadia said 7,000 of the graveyard's 114,000 burial sites leases had run out, many of which occurred because relatives — or caretakers — had died themselves, or moved house and failed to renew the contract.
In other cases, family descendants no longer wanted to pay for relatives' graves, he added.
Abadia said the graveyard began stepping up its search for defaulters around two years ago, with relatives or caretakers given six months to respond.
The stickering campaign was planned to coincide with the Nov. 1 Roman Catholic holiday, on which people customary visit graveyards.
He said that since then hundreds of people had called to make inquiries about the status of their relatives' graves.
It's a case of graveyard management, "not to make money" as graveyards have limited space, he said.
"If we keep on building spaces for human remains, where are we going to end up? … It's a problem that is affecting big city cemeteries more and more."

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