I chose to read and respond to Deirdre Sullivan’s essay, Always Go to the Funeral. In her writing, Sullivan spoke about her experiences with death, and how her father shaped her life by insisting that she always attend funerals. She went on to explain how this developed into a personal philosophy, about getting over small inconveniences; because doing the things you really don’t want to and probably don’t even have to, could mean the world to someone else.
The article, “10 Burdens Funeral Directors Carry”, written by Caleb Wilde expresses the unique struggles of those working the funeral business. They face numerous challenges through trying to aid and support those mourning a loved one. This often over looked and underappreciated field offers a salient as well as specific service desperately needed by each community. By encountering: depression, psychosis, isolation, stress, workaholism and death itself funeral directors make numerous personal sacrifices to continue to provide honor and respect to the dead.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is a story of a woman, Agnes Magnusdottir, fighting against society’s opinion of her as she struggles to redeem herself. Agnes is portrayed as a woman who is struggling against the patriarchal system that seems to imprison her. The audience is positioned to feel sympathy for Agnes throughout the novel as she explains her harsh childhood through her conversations with Toti. We are also positioned to feel sympathy for her as Kent describes the way that she is treated by the men in her life, particularly Blondal and Natan. By the end of the novel the audience is positioned to feel angered by how Agnes is forced to struggle through to her final breaths with very little sympathy shown to her by the dominant characters
Next, the emotional portion. In this essay, I found a connection in certain areas throughout the essay. I know in life that death happens and sometimes you die alone or with friends and family. Whatever the case maybe it is still a
In the late 1960’s, the FTC was a paper tiger. Ralph Nader, who began the consumer protection movement in this country with the publication of Unsafe At Any Speed, was a sharp critic of the Federal Trade Commission for its lack of consumer protection. Specifically, the FTC was criticized because it relied too heavily on consumer complaints and brought enforcement actions only on a case-by-case basis. The consumer protection movement wanted the FTC to proceed against entire industries rather than individual businesses.
“Always go to the funeral”, the author’s father told her to do. She was taught this belief by her father when she was young and only 16 years old. During that time, she doesn’t understand the meaning of this and even unwilling to accepting it. However, her mind was changed after the funeral of her father. This was when she fully understood that always go to the funeral. When all the words of compassion and sympathy touched her for the first time, in a way that she wouldn’t have known that speaking those very same words on the other side. Meanwhile, she noticed that the people who attended his funeral are all had their own inconvenience. The author comes to believe that while she sticks to the small inconveniences and share in life's inevitable,
Today was funeral day. My mom’s funeral. It was a dark October thursday, the clouds were brewing a storm. A slight breeze disturbed my neck. My uncomfortable suit sleeves bellowed in the cold breeze.. I hadn’t felt any emotions since the day of her death, which was weeks ago, almost as if my emotion is grey. It was warm then, as my mind was too. Nowadays, up until today, my mind has been a dark fog, as if my mind was released into the sky, darkening everyone’s day, arriving at my mom’s funeral or just to cuddle up with their friends and family in front of a warm crackling fire, telling the stories of their childhood and how times were better. Not me, my dad usually ignored me and he only worked on managing my mom’s fortune. Yeah. My mom’s
The poem that I have selected for this essay is “Talking to Grief” by Denise Levertov. I chose this poem because it talks about grief. It also talks about the place that grief should have in a person’s life. The poem describes grief, and compares it to a “homeless dog.” It also describes how a dog deserves its own place in the house, instead of living under a porch or being homeless. This poem talks about how a person can be aware that grief is present, but that it is not always acknowledged and accepted. We all experience grief in different ways, and for different reasons. Everyone deals with grief in their own personal way. This poem describes a point in a person’s life when they are ready to accept grief as a part of their life
After watching several commercials on TV and online, the one that caught my attention was “Don't Attend Your Own Funeral.” This DIRECTV commercial draws a conclusion from the events of a comical and improbable chain reaction. It shows a man who witnesses two individuals hiding a dead body in the trunk of a car. This incident leads to an exaggerated chain of events ending with the witness faking his own death and attending his own funeral. The overall purpose of the commercial is to persuade television viewers about the disadvantages of DIRECTV competitors and encourage people to subscribe to DIRECTV by telling them to “get rid of cable and upgrade to DIRECTV.” In my opinion, the advertisement uses the second person point of view to influence
Mankind’s history of burial practices and funeral customs are as old as civilization itself. There is no specific way to planning a funeral. Every civilization and culture has provided for their dead in different ways. Religion and personal beliefs play an important role in the burial practices and funeral customs of a given culture or civilization. Furthermore, each civilization and cultured ever studied have three things in common: some type of funeral rites, rituals, and ceremonies; A sacred place for the dead; and memorialization of the dead. As far back as the time of Christ, burials have been noted to take place. In time burial and funeral customs have become very distinct, interesting and
My best friend took his life away today due to stress from school and life as a junior in highschool. He loved all of his friends and family and was always joyful. 100% of the funds will go to his funeral arrangments. At this time, their family needs all the support they can receive. Every dollar counts. I truly respect all of your support, thank
There has been worldwide Controversy over a painting done by Dana Schutz titled, Open Casket. Open Casket is an abstract painting of a young black 14-year old boy who was murdered and mutilated by two white men because he was mistakenly accused of sexually harassing a 21-year-old white women. The painting portrays the face of Slain Emmett Till lying dead in his coffin. The controversial painting was displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NY. The protest began when an African American Artist, Parker Bright started a harmless protest in front of the Open Casket painting wearing a “Black Death Spectacle” shirt. Since then many others have come to protest and block people from seeing the open casket painting. Protesters argue that a white women does not have the right to create art around a “black matter subject”. Dana Schutz has argued that the painting was meant to show the distress of a mother losing her son. Overall the painting does bring back an excruciating and defining moment in African American history. The painting Open Casket is very beautiful with its simple of abstract brushstrokes but because I am not of African descent so I cannot relate to the many year of being treated poorly, racism and slavery. I overall side that Dana Schutz painting should not be disapproved of. This is not the only occurrence
“So long and goodnight.” I heard Gerard sing loud and proud. It was my funeral and I’m laying with my eyes closed, not able to see my best friends. I could feel Gerard’s tears without even looking at him. Funerals are sad but I could never deal with having my best friend like this. The only thing I never got about funerals is why they dress you up to be pretty. I mean, you’re dead for Pete's sake. Nobody in heaven or hell is going to judge you on what you’re wearing, well I hope not. The dress I wore was pretty though. It had red and black lacing on it. I don’t know who picked it out but this dress was from the party that I first met the boys at and that was pretty fun.