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Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

February 27, 2012

Tags: humor, ADHD

Thanks to the Borehamwood Cancorder Club for this, which will bring a smile to many not necessarily wrinkled faces.



If for some reason this doesn't lead you to a deeply amusing video (more…)

The 'Stop All the Clocks' Song

February 26, 2012

Tags: W.H. Auden, Nemo Shaw, funeral music

If you saw the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral, you may remember the beautiful W.H. Auden poem, "Stop All the Clocks"? Nemo Shaw has set it to music. If I've done this right, you should be able to watch it here, thanks to the Songs of Loss and Grief site:

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Patriotic and military funeral music

February 24, 2012

Tags: music, funerals, mp3, memorials, memorial service, military music, patriotic music

More samples of musical selections suitable for funerals and memorial services, of which this is my favorite:
Ashokan Farewell (this beautiful song performed by Jay Ungar And Molly Mason With Fiddle Fever is from the album Songs Of The Civil War
Amazing Grace (choices range from bagpipe music, The King's Own Scottish Borderers Military Band) to a more lyrical version sung by Sarah Brightman (more…)

Hymns and inspirational music for funerals

February 23, 2012

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Listening to samples for these wonderful hymns and inspirational melodies will, I hope, help you plan your farewell or memorial services:
Abide with Me (Metropolitan Boys Choir)
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (The Joslin Grove Choral Society) (more…)

Classical music for funerals and memorial services

February 21, 2012

Tags: music, funerals, mp3, memorials, memorial service, classical music

More links to samples of possible numbers to play at funerals and memorial services. Today:
• Albanoni, Tomaso. Albinoni’s Adagio (London Philharmonic; composed as Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ by Remo Giazotto, based on a fragment of a tune by Albinoni found in the ruins of the Dresden State Library, which was destroyed (more…)

Great funeral music (popular songs)

February 20, 2012

Tags: music, funerals, mp3, memorials, memorial service

By popular request, I have linked to samples of popular secular music I've recommended for funerals and memorial services. These often nostalgic songs thypically work because they evoke the life and times of the person being celebrated. They're good for a stroll down memory lane when you're alive, too. (more…)

Eldercare: no bed of roses

February 16, 2012

Tags: alzheimer's, burnout, caregiving, eldercare

"Why caring for my aging father has me wishing he would die," reads the subhead for Sandra Tsing Loh's story in The Atlantic, Daddy Issues (March 2012). Often, unresolved issues with siblings become the greatest sources of stress, (more…)

The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death & Beyond

February 3, 2012

Tags: Huston Smith, aging, wisdom

See wisdom in action: The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death & Beyond (Huston Smith interviewed by Ken Dychtwald).

This is a sample. You can order the full tape on (more…)