Announces Ways to Honor a Loved One's Passing

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Following a September 12th Star Telegram article titled “Funeral Planned for Connecticut Slave Who Died in 1798”, announced its list of ways to honor a deceased loved one. announced methods to honoring a loved one’s passing, particularly as it relates to the funeral. This discussion came on the heels of the Star Telegram’s September 12th article titled “Funeral Planned for Connecticut Slave Who Died in 1798”. This article revealed the plans to conduct a funeral for the remains of a slave man found in Connecticut. The funeral, intended to honor the lives of thousands of people who lost their lives while enslaved, inspired to encourage readers to honor their own friends and family at their death and offers 4 tips to do so.

The author of the Star Telegram article, John Christoffersen, revealed the plans to hold a funeral for a man called “Mr. Fortune” (a slave who was killed more than 200 years ago). The man will be escorted to the church where he was baptized, accompanied by bagpipes and the state police. The man’s funeral is intended to be a representative for the countless numbers of people who were enslaved and abused in the United States. It is meant to honor the memory of everyone who was forced into slavery. Mr. Fortune, though he was reported to have drowned, instead died under suspicious circumstances, boasting a neck injury inconsistent with his supposed injuries. Though Mr. Fortune has long been studied, advances in modern science have allowed his remains to be buried, while studying continues with digital scans. He will be awarded a place of honor in the cemetery where he is laid to rest.

In light of this touching article, gives a list of 4 things one can do when honoring their lost loved one:

1. believes that the greatest means to awarding a loved one honor in a funeral is to pay attention to what that loved one requested. Though this is not always possible, as many do not communicate their funeral desires, it is important to do so where possible.

2. When planning for a funeral, allow the pain of the loved one’s passing to be evident; don’t work to make people forget the purpose of the funeral, and don’t try to pretend to be happy (if one isn’t). Instead, allow people to express their grief.

3. When planning a funeral, keep the personality of the deceased in mind. Was he or she a music lover? Consider playing their favorite songs at the funeral, or reading their favorite poems. Try to focus on the personality of the loved one who has passed.

4. Finally, offer time for people to talk about the deceased, or view pictures detailing their lives. A funeral should be a celebration of life in addition to a time to grieve. Money can be a concern when putting a funeral together; consider focusing energy on décor and projects that can be completed at a low cost or a DIY project.

John Christoffersen is a writer relatively new to the Star Telegram, having only been working for the company since earlier this month. His work typically focuses on local news reports and items of interest.

Following an article revealing the plans to hold a funeral for the Connecticut man dubbed “Mr. Fortune”, who died in slavery, announced means to making a funeral for a loved one special, honoring said loved one rather than simply providing a place to grieve. The greatest way to honor a loved one’s passing is to focus the funeral on the loved one’s personality, using his or her favorite music and poems, or somehow incorporating their hobbies into the funeral proceedings. A funeral should also be a time to allow others to express their love and appreciation for the deceased, whether this is through a simple book offering a space to write, or an open podium and microphone. The greatest goal when putting a funeral is to adequately express the impact someone had on the lives of others.

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