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MNN. Feb. 19, 2018. Millions of our departed never had a decent funeral. The genocide isn’t even mentioned.
Undertaking and the funeral business is a big money making machine. Their huge lobby makes sure the state makes laws and money to control every aspect, such as licenses, insurance, coffin making, burial plots, tombs and monuments. Money is their only interest, not the grieving families from whom they gouge at least $10,000.00.
Backyard burials are illegal. Only certified people can handle the body, embalm it, dress it up. Services at the funeral parlor and grave side ceremonies, priests, rabbis and clerics are on call to carry out the ritual for a fee and put on the reception afterwards. They provide video coverage.
Undertakers are some of the richest people in our communities with lots of influence. Florists, posting obituaries, 5 words for free: “Harry died. Car for Sale”. Even dogs get fancy funerals, while animals in the wild are professionally buried by the natural world.
Maintaining cemitaries and sanctuaries are big business. People borrow money and go broke paying the debt.
The corporate economy depends on funeral accessories such pyramids, splendid Taj Mahal temples and sphinxes overlooking beautiful canyons and mountains to comfort the dead. Fancy hearses, vehicles and military uniformed drivers are rented for the afternoon.
The entire family reserves plots forever so the mortician gets repeat customers.
Lawyers benefit from estate planning, trusts, wills, arrangements for burials and funerals, paying off taxation of dead bodies and anything left that can be taxed. That’s why they don’t want us to bury someone in the back yard. It’s our right, our custom and our land! We gave the immigrants permission to use only the depth of a plow share.
Out-of-business churches open up for funerals. Expensive court costs if the person is murdered. Think of the fines for not registering the death or informing the world that somebody died. Staffing, drinks and food for visitation, funeral and memorials.
When a person has gone on their path on this earth, we relatives, friends and associates restrain ourselves from idle talk, gossip and evil behavior. We comfort each other. We remember pleasant and amusing times that were spent together. If it is their wish, we bury the deceased before the sun rises the next morning. We come from the earth and it is our right to return to our mother.
Our departed spent their lives exploring the secrets they learned during their lives and which they leave behind for us. Now our minds are cheered up, our fires are rekindled in peace, we put our house in order and once again brightness and blue sky are visible. We are again in the sunshine. Those of us who are here continue. Peggy Lee sings about the magic of the Black Bird.
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