Eenzame Uitvaart – The Lonely Funeral
Via Reddit –
What happens if you die alone, Eleanor Rigby style?
Where I live, unclaimed bodies are cremated and annually committed to a mass grave with a remembrance ceremony.
As with lots of challenging social issues, the Dutch have their own unique, progressive solution to this problem.
“Since 2002, in Amsterdam and beyond those deceased, where no one else and no one else would visit their funeral, a special salute. Poets write for every solitary funeral a poem and read it at the funeral .”
The program is run by an organization called “The Lonely Funeral.” All of the poems are published on The Lonely Funeral’s blog. The posts include a poem and a description of the deceased. Perhaps, the life of man is quite not as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short,” as Hobbes would lead you to believe. I wish we had a program like this here in the U.S.
If you want to find out more about the Lonely Funeral, the BBC produced a great audio documentary on it.