Tag Archives: funerals

LIVE VIDEO: Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s Funeral

CBS News reports: Some 1,500 guests are expected Saturday at a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation’s largest Episcopal church. First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Cliuton, and former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are among those expected to attend the by-invitation-only service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow ...

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Scalia’s Body Lies In State At Supreme Court [VIDEO]

Hundreds of mourners lined the steps of the Supreme Court building in the last hour as the casket of late Justice Antonin Scalia was laid in state upon the pedestal that once held the body of Abraham Lincoln. Watch below. The remaining eight Justices lined up alongside the casket in the order of their seniority as a prayer was read ...

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Scalia To Lie In State At Supreme Court Building

Antonin Scalia’s body will lie in state at the Supreme Court building on Friday. The Hill has details: Scalia’s body will be available for public viewing in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. A private ceremony at the Supreme Court will start at 9:30 a.m. Services for Scalia will be held ...

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Viral Video Of The Day

Via Mashable: It is the deepest show of respect. A large group of school children in New Zealand have honoured their beloved teacher by performing the traditional dance, the haka, as his hearse rolled into the school for the funeral. At least 1,700 boys at Palmerston North Boys’ High School on New Zealand’s North Island participated in the epic performance ...

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Celebs Turns Out For Joan Rivers Funeral

Broadway stars Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald performed as did the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. The eulogy was delivered by Howard Stern.

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Joan Rivers: My Funeral Plan

“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling ...

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Weekend (Funeral) At Bernie’s

New Orleans funerals have always been known for being celebrations of a life fully lived rather than somber reflections on loss, but this may be pushing it a bit too far. Via WGNO-ABC: In life Miriam Burbank loved a cold beer, and an occasional scotch. So it’s only fitting, that it all be captured as part of her home-going. “I ...

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Obama Snaps Selfie At Mandela Funeral

At today’s funeral for Nelson Mandela, President Obama posed for a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt. This landed the president on the mocking Tumblr, Selfies At Funerals, and has spawned the usual ridicule across Teabagistan.

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LIVE VIDEO: Nelson Mandela’s Funeral

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At Jose Sarria’s Funeral

The funeral for Jose Julio Sarria, also known as the Widow Norton, was held yesterday at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral.  Sarria, who was the first openly gay person to ever run for public office in the United States, left instructions for his service: Female titleholders from his Imperial Court — the gay organization and charity he started in 1965 — ...

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Protesters Boo Thatcher Funeral

A crowd of protesters booed the funeral procession of Margaret Thatcher today. Chants included “Tory scum” and “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie! Dead, dead, dead!”

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Thatcher Funeral To Cost £10M

The funeral for Margaret Thatcher will cost an estimated £10M, a figure which will surely provide fodder for the critics of the Iron Lady’s famed austerity principles.  More on the planning: The ceremony will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London next Wednesday. The Queen and Prince Philip have already confirmed they will go. The guest list for the ...

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Cremation Rates Rise

According to NBC News, cremation is the “hottest trend” in the funeral industry. Every year in America, 2.5 million people die. In 2011, the last year for which numbers are available, 42 percent were cremated, according to the funeral directors association. That’s double the rate of just 15 years ago. In some states, largely in the West, the cremation rate ...

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Military Vets Attack Westboro At NC Funeral For Slain Lesbian Soldier

From the blog Guardian of Valor: So at the funeral today for Fallen Soldier Sgt. [Donna] Johnson a Westboro member decided it would be smart to stomp on the American flag. A Soldier did not take kindly to that and broke through the line, hitting one of the protesters that was disgracing Old Glory. As he was being arrested, two ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Westboro To Protest Funeral Of Slain Married Lesbian Soldier

Sgt. Donna Johnson, who was married to a woman, was killed along with two other Americans during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Monday.  Today Westboro Baptist Church claims that they will be there on Saturday to protest her funeral in North Carolina.  (Tipped by JMG reader Jennifer.)

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Communion Priest: My Diocese Is Lying

“If a Quaker, a Lutheran or a Buddhist, desiring communion had introduced himself as such, before Mass, a priest would be obligated to withhold communion. If someone had shown up in my sacristy drunk, or high on drugs, no communion would have been possible either. If a Catholic, divorced and remarried (without an annulment) would make that known in my ...

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SCOTLAND: Hundreds Mourn Young Gay Murder Victim Stuart Walker

Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday for the funeral of Stuart Walker, the young gay man found burned and tied to a lamppost in his Scotland village last month. Many of the town’s 9000 inhabitants attended the service. Mr Walker’s sister, Julie called her brother the “life and soul of our family”. She said: “You were our ray of sunshine ...

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Funeral Is Today

Perhaps to thwart the Westboro Baptist Church, who yesterday vowed to picket her funeral, Elizabeth Taylor will be buried today at the famed Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the final resting place of many Hollywood stars. I just checked the Twitter feed of Margie Phelps, who doesn’t yet seem to be aware of the speedy service. Story developing… UPDATE: E! Online ...

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