FEDERATION PRO & CON
My last remaining uncle recently died. He was 93 and several of his organs were “life expired”. He didn’t want to linger and be a burden to anybody, particularly his daughter. He was a feisty, warm and humorous character.
He had suffered a fall that broke his collarbone and finally died on a Friday afternoon. Before his body could be released for burial a coroner had to decide whether there had been any untoward circumstances that had contributed to his death. Consequently his daughter made arrangements for the burial to take place on the following Tuesday.
But once the coroner decided there was no reason to hold my uncle’s body, and released it for burial, Federation officials decreed that he had to be buried that day because, “…until he is buried his soul is in torment.”
Let me assure those officials that my uncle’s soul was relieved to be free of the pain and awkwardness of his health problems and it was only their decision that caused torment.
I understand the origins of our religion that dictate the quick (many would say, rushed) burial of the deceased but, at the very least, officials should allow immediate family a little time to properly organise a burial for their loved ones. The decision by Federation officials threw everything into turmoil. It meant friends and relatives who had arranged time off from their employments were unable to pay their last respects.
This unfeeling, insensitive decision has reinforced my plan to be cremated. Name and address supplied.
I went to Edmonton Federation Cemetery (where I have been going for 84 years) on a wet September day to be greeted by a lovely surprise, dozens of beautiful patio flower arrangements and patio baskets along the entrance to the cemetery. Netta Blumenson Caroline Court, Stanmore, Middlesex