| ♦♦ Topic 5A ♦♦|
HOW TO PLAN A
JOYFUL, CREATIVE FUNERAL
and invite friends and children to help.
Click here to read a national magazine article about how a family
and friends prepared a really joyful, creative funeral for their Dad
in the beautiful church at left, which he had built in earlier years.
Your family should want a joyful funeral that celebrates the NEW, JOYFUL LIFE that your Dad is now enjoying in heaven, or "happy hunting ground" or other name, for the next life that most people believe awaits us.
Morticians DO NOT WANT JOYFUL FUNERALS because they lose money they expect to steal from each family. They make half of their money by coaxing each family to concentrate their attention on the unused body and spend as much money as possible to buy a costly casket for it.
So, morticians are taught in mortuary school to:
1) display mostly costly caskets and display them with special lighting; and
display few or none of the many of the beautiful, less-expensive caskets that they have in stock, and don't show families the color photos they have of them;
2) tell families falsely that the many beautiful, less-expensive caskets are not available because they "come from Indiana", although they can obtain them in two hours from local distributors;
3) tell families that a costly casket "proves how much you love" your dad; that your friends will think that you didn't love your mother if you buy a less-expensive casket;
4) scare families that their mother's body will not be "protected" or "preserved*" unless they buy a casket with a "neoprene rubber seal" (to obtain the high profit that the fraudulent, destructive seals bring) although the mortician knows that the seal will SERIOUSLY DAMAGE the mother's body, BLOATING it out of shape, and turning the soft parts of the body into MUSH (via the action of anaerobic bacteria that is activated by the seal).
(See more about this tactic and the others, as used in Phoenix and throughout the U.S., and by mortuaries and cemeteries of Catholic dioceses and by others to increase the rip-off of their own congregations - at the bottom of this column and in other Topics and documents of this site, newspapers, national magazines and TV programs to be listed.)
5) tell families that spending money on a costly casket is "the last thing you can do" for your dad - although your dad is not in the casket, and isn't interested in money wasted on a casket for a body that he tossed aside. (People aren't interested in their hair and fingernails after they cut them off and don't use them any more.)
6) tell families that "if you don't buy the best casket you can afford" you will feel guilty ("the guilties") in the years ahead.
Your Dad is CELEBRATING and WANTS YOU TO CELEBRATE with him. (If you go to heaven and are celebrating, you will want your friends to be celebrating, not crying.) Your Dad doesn't want any tears. And he isn't interested in the body that he left behind, and doesn't want money wasted on a costly casket for it, instead of the money being used for family needs. His death is now in the past; he wants you to celebrate what is happening NOW, his joyful NEW LIFE.
From the Christian perspective: Saint Paul said: "When someone dies, DO NOT CRY, unless you have no hope" (as: no hope if you don't believe in a next life, or no hope if you think the person lived a bad life and is not going to heaven).
Jesus told the thief on the cross: "TODAY, you will be WITH ME in PARADISE" - not a dead body in a grave.
Jesus said heaven is like a great WEDDING BANQUET (not like a storage shed or some other boring, inactive place). He must have chosen "wedding banquet" to coax us to think about a lively, joyful wedding celebration, with balloons, crepe paper, music, dancing, cake, food, refreshments, joyful conversation, and joyful, colorfully-dressed guests who have come from near and far - who are celebrating and welcoming all the newcomers.
Your Dad would love for you to see the "Welcoming Celebration" for him in heaven, but, at least you can have a joyful celebration of his New Life - imitating his celebration. He will be WITH YOU at your celebration, celebrating with you.
(Information mentioned in point #4 above will be provided here shortly.)