As regular HPANWO-readers will know, my daughter's grandmother, Sheila, died recently; see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW_zO7Wd6G0 I say "recently", but it was way back on the 8th of August. However we couldn't hold her funeral until today; that's almost three months. It shouldn't normally take this long between a person passing away and their funeral taking place, but there's been a scandal in
over long delays for funerals. It's very undignified for people's bodies to
pile up in undertakers' morgues while the grieving relatives, distraught at
their loss, have to sit around waiting for the chance to bid their loved one
farewell. The local newspaper has covered it, see: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/9974911._I_can_t_afford_to_bury_my_brother_/
and our local MP Andrew Smith has taken up the cause. I've given Andrew Smith a
lot of stick over the years. He was one of "Tony's cronies" and was
Blair's Chief Treasurer and Employment Secretary, however I very much respect
him for taking a stand on this issue. The problem comes when people who can't
afford to pay for a funeral apply for special Government benefits to fund it; Sheila's
family is one of those, see: https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments/overview
The moment we applied to this office for benefits they dragged their heels and dithered
for such a long time that we became suspicious. Then the story about Michael Walton
came out and we realized that the office was, in all likelihood, stalling funeral
expenses benefit claims on purpose. The reason was simply money; they're so terrified
of straying over their budget that they've decided to do something as desperate
and reckless as this. This is all thanks the Government's "Austerity"
policies! Expect much more of this to come in the years ahead. The truth of the
matter is that economic depressions and booms are not a natural cycle at all; they
are triggered artificially by the Banksters, a term coined by Anthony J Hilder many
years before it entered the popular lexicon. Sheila is actually one of about six
recently-deceased people in Oxford
who have had this problem. Oxford
Sheila's funeral took place at Oxford Crematorium and was simple but very sweet. All her family turned up and flowers were sent from her many friends, even those who live in
whom she hasn't seen for years. The vicar from her local church was a very nice
man, and he spoke very kindly about her; we had live organ music playing some hymns.
We also had played a recording of two songs by Tom Jones, Sheila's favourite singer.
After that we went back to her son's house for a wake while Sheila's body was
taken away to be cremated. A budget funeral or an expenses-paid funeral doesn't
have to be any less fitting and respectful than the Queen Mother's. However the
long wait has played heavily on the family's nerves; the vicar mentioned during
his sermon that "there's a lot of anger associated with Sheila's passing."
I think things are getting so bad that I might just arrange to leave my body to
medical science. Alternatively, if I know I'm on my last legs I might just go to
some remote piece of woodland and lie down in the middle of it, away from any paths,
and let the foxes and crows have me. See here for background: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/bereavement-fee.html
Obviously I hope to live to see the day when we the people can enjoy a happier world,
but naturally this is not certain; I could be run over by a proverbial bus or come
a cropper in countless other ways before my time, so I need to take precautions.
In some parts of Canada Africa
it's traditional to have a big feast after somebody dies and the main course on
the menu is... the body of the deceased! Yes, it's even considered a mark of respect
to eat somebody who's died! Of course in our society we have a taboo against cannibalism
and the very concept is shocking, but I have to ask myself if it's any less shocking
than keeping somebody on ice for three months so the Government can pay trillions
of pounds to banks which already own most of the wealth in the world anyway.