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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 13

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Saturday, August 24, 1963
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The High Cost of Dying: 2 Is There an Alternative Plan to Ease The Economic Impact on Relatives? By WARD CANNEL Newspaper Enterprise Assn. (Second of two dispatches.) ivt*mV \T uiopawiiea.; Ana aciuany, tne average man NEW YORK (NEA) — In will spend more money with his the old days, when the mor- barber than with his funeral di- """l/ W J T » WJ.1V 114\'4 tality rate was three times todays 10-per-thousand, a funeral was a matter of ice and the short, walk from the church to the churchyard. We have come a long way in two centuries of science, hygiene, cosmetics and affluence. And our funerals show it. "Excesses may occur occasionally," says a New York mortician, "but only because the family demands it." Benefit for Living The obsequies may ease the way for the discarnate spirit, but the pomp and circumstance— about $2 billion in the United States yearly — is for the benefit of the living. For the survivors and the often mixed but profound feelings they face, the mortal remains are the last tangible link with the dynamics of a life now gone. Added to a human fear of death it is little wonder that the bereaved buy as much time with that link as they can. The change in funeral styles is easily explained: appearance is everything. Critics agree. But, they charge such an approach to death has opened the way to flexible pricing for funerals based on what the traffic will bear. The morticians have several answers which surround, if they do not cover, the point. "The funeral director is frequently called on to conduct a funeral for a needy member of the community at either minimal or not cost at all," says one mortician. "The funeral director has nothing to take back or reclaim as a car salesman does if he is not paid for his services," says another. Says a Third "Make sure the funeral director sets down all the items and their prices in black and white before you purchase a funeral from him," says a third. "A haircut," says a fourth, "doesn't involve much money. And actually, the average man rector.' But for the bereaved and downcast, forced to make funeral arrangements immediately, such advice and reasonable explanation is very little help. The profound chords touched by death make comparison shopping among funeral homes a practical impossibility. For their part in,the drama, the funeral directors point out that the actor who disposes of the loved one is neither loved nor admired for his role. The idea that he should be paid at all is to evoke the strongest kinds of resentment in the survivors. With this evaluation, of course, most critics of today's obsequies must eventually agree. Cite Change But, they say the burial rites have become too much of a production with an inordinate amount of attention — and money^ — paid to the staging, lighting, cosmetics and scenario. The formalities of departure and farewell have changed through the centuries and much of that change has been generated by the undertaker. In England and Europe, Jessica Mitford, author of "The American Way of Death," says, an open coffin and a public display of the deceased is considered to be in poor taste. A 19th-century American would be dismayed, if not shocked, at today's enormous tribute paid to the flesh and the short shrift afforded the soul. For many of the deceased today, the funerals purchased their behalf — for whatever the reason — is contrary to the way they approached living, earning and spending. Movement Grows Whether or not the funeral directors have a reasonable explanation of their services and economics today, there is a growing movement by citizens' groups toward an alternative which goes FUNERAL IN SICILY—A father in Pachino, Sicily, unable to afford even a modest funeral, bears the body of his child on his shoulders to the cemetery. by the general term of "Memorial Associations." Specifically, it is an attempt to get an individual to decide for himself how he wants to depart. Under contract with a funeral director, the Memorial Association provides its members with either cremation or a small, private interment almost immediately after death, to be followed by a memorial service in church for friends or relatives who care to attend. Prices Range The prices range from $100 to about $300 — bought and paid for by membership dues in the association. How far such a radical 'change in our rituals can grow is hard to forecast. Asking a man to plan for his own death, right down to the nail heads, goes against a national tradition of eternal youth, where every man wants either to be taken by surprise or, more likely, sees himself lingering at death's door, watches his ungrateful relatives sobbing with remorse, falters, fades and, in tW end, gets better. (5) First Learn Jargon of Courses By The Reading Laboratory Written for Newspaper Enterprise Association BEFORE we start, let's review the last four articles briefly. By now you should have begun to think of school positively, trying to get the most out of it. You've thought about your courses, trying to see just what they're driving at; you've taken a close look at your teacher to see what he's getting at and how to work with him, and you've started a regime of outside reading on your courses so that you can hold your own in any class discussion. We're almost ready to get down to the hard realities of day-to-day studying, but there's still another tool that needs to be sharpened— THE HONEYMOON IS OVER If you're a bride-to-be, or the father of a bride, have you considered what may happen to the wedding gifts during this "unset* tied" period? They can easily become damaged, lost or stolen. Why not insure them with oar special low-cost Wedding Presents Policy? LAWRENCE D. JOHNSON INSURANCE Main and Cherry Sts, Phone 342*4181 Representing The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company oi Hartford, Conn. that is, you have to learn the jar gon for each course, or to put it another way, you have to develop a course vocabulary. Before you begin to study for a course, look through the first several chapters of your text, pick out the unfamiliar words and terms, and find their definitions. This is the beginning of the course vocabulary. But since each subject will require a different kind of vocabulary you'll have to use a different method for acquiring each kind of vocabulary. Here are some of the best ways of developing the vocabulary for your courses: In history, you'll be required to know the meaning of events rather than of words. For example, you won't memorize the wording of the Magna Charta, but will just understand what it was, and why it is important for English Common Law. For instance, you'd have to know that it gave privileges to the nobles rather than to the peasants—but that won't require memorization. In biology, your definitions will be descriptive. For example, a deciduous tree sheds its leaves every year. You'll be able to get away without too much memorization if you can properly classify the thing to be defined. Physics and chemistry, on the other hand, often present definitions as formulas. For example, Force equals Mass x Velocity, and Carbon Dioxide equals C02 (that's easy if you know that "di" means "two"). You can remember these formulas better if you understand why they must be as they are but they should be memorized, too. Mathematics requires the most precise definitions of all. In the definition, "A relation is a strict simple ordering of A if and only if it is transitive, asymmetric, and connected on A," you can't afford to fool around with the order of the words. You had better memorize it! Many of the definitions you learn will be of Latin or Greek origin. In a good English dictionary, you'll find the original meaning of the words as well as their present definition. If you know, for example, that the original meaning of "corolla" was "little crown," you'll have no trouble remembering that in biology it means the petals of a flower. While we're on biology, that word "deciduous" comes from a Latin word (decadere) which means "to fall off." Developing a course vocabu­ lary is the one thing you can't put off. The whole meaning of the course depends on it. (NEXT: Getting ready for a productive study evening.) AT DRIVE-IN—Shirley MacLaine as the Irma of "lima LaDouce" shares stellar roles with Jack Lemmon in the comedy opening Sunday at the Galesburg Drive-In Theatre. The co-hit "Cairo" stars George Sanders. Both pictures are adult entertainment. FLOORED—The offer of $80,000 a year to give TV commercials made by Elliott Reid is too much for Doris Day, who is iu the process of making catsup, and the result is a colorful, squashy mess in this scene from the Universal release, "The Thrill of It All," aow showing at the Orpheum Theater. Other Editorial Opinion (Continued from page 41 dents the advantage, denied to their parents, of being able to focus twin lenses on a book 800 yards away and by manipulating a joystick move the book in such a direction that an image of its contents appears on the screen in front of them. True, the screen is only fourteen inches, but these are early days. True, also, the cost is prodigious, but the only alternative would have been to order extra copies of the books. And in any case, arc we spending enough on education? A non-technologist would have thought that the simplest part of the mechanism to invent would be the automatic page-turner. This apparently, is not so. The Virginia device is giving trouble and for the time being the pages are being turned manually by a librarian on instructions relayed by intercom from the reader. "To hold back the link until a foolproof page-turner has been devised would mean waiting for some years." the college librarian has explained. "Research work is being done on it and a prototype for turning the pages of a book while it is being microfilmed is now being tested at the New York public library." The Russians may already have a model. It is a problem which, given adequate resources, crash programs here and in the United States should soon overcome. But while it is saddening to think that British science has fallen behind in the design of so elementary a component, the deeper significance of the whole project is not to be gainsaid. Here, by harnessing the science of electronics to the art of reading the gulf separat- Golesburg Regsiter-Mgil,Golesburg, ill. ..Saturday, Aug. 24, 1963 13 Vacationers Of Ophiem Tell of Trip OPHIEM—Mr. and Mrs. David Edmund and son Steven returned home Monday from a 2,400-mile tour. Their first visit was in Chicago then on to Newberry, Mich., where they visited Rev. and Mrs. Charles Beckingham in St. Ignace, they called on Rev. and Mrs. Philemon Anderson and family. The Rev. Mr. Anderson was reared in Ophiem. They drove across the Mackinac bridge around Lake Superior on to Ontario, Canada, and went fishing in Upsala, Steve caught a Northern Pike tipping the scales at 6li pounds. Here they met a brother and friends of Edmund from Cambridge; also a nephew, Tom Edmund. The men who camped out consisted of father and son affair, 100 miles from a town or city. Ophiem Briefs The Robert Kelley family and the R. F. Nelson family are vacationing at Devils Lake in Wisconsin. Monday callers at the Leo Swanson home were Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson of Peoria. They were en route home after spending two days at Lake Bracken in observance of their fir*st wedding anniversary which was Aug. 19. Kenneth Walters is visiting his parents the Robert Watterses, before resuming his duties at the Arlington High School as physical science instructor. Luther Leaguers of Grace Church here were awarded a trophy for placing third in the softball tournament the past week. The trophy can be seen at the church. Alice Matlson of Alpha entering Sir Charles Snow's two cultures has at last been bridged.— Manchester Guardian Weekly. tained at a birthday supper Sunday noting the 14th birthday of her grandson, Larry Mattson. Guests were Mrs. Helen Mattson, and children of Prophetstown, formerly of Ophiem, the Charles Curry family of Alpha and Mrs. Hilda Peterson of Ophiem. Connie Mattson returned home after a visit at the Curry home. Mrs. Mable E. Samuelson entertained at dinner Sunday for friends, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hill of Alpha. Sunday afternoon visitors at the Lowell Harris home were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Perschnick Jr. and Mrs. Barbara Shane and children of Monmouth. Friday through Sunday visitors at the Dewey Demlers were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boaz and son of Danvers. Boaz is a brother of Mrs. Dernier. Mrs. Esther Ossian of Cordova came Monday for a visit with her inlaws, the A. E. Ossians and the R„H. Ossians of Ophiem. The group was Monday supper guests at A. E. Ossians. Maj. and Mrs. Dean Bengston and two daughters have left for their home in Boston, Mass., after a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Bengston of near Alpha and other relatives of this area. Maj. Bengston of L. G. Hansom Field AFB was on a 2-week leave. He is commander of 2014th Communications Squadron AFCS. The W. A. Nelson family has returned home after a 2-week tour and a 3-day visit in Albuquerque, N. M., where they visited a cousin of Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. O. E. Woods and family, and a sister of Nelson, Mrs. Robert Boyls and family. The Nelsons traveled more than 4,000 miles, going through 12 states, saw the Grand Canyon in Arizona and drove to the top of Pikes Peak, near Colorado Springs. Chinese astronomers of 1054 recorded the appearance of a star so bright it shone by day, blazed for a few months and disappeared. Raymond Reunion Held At Bmhnell AVON — The 12th annual Raymond reunion dinner was Aug. 18 at the VFW Park in Bushnell. Officers for the coming year were elected as follows: Mrs. Naomi Reardon, president: Mrs. Ruth Williams, vice president, and Mrs. Barbara Staggs, secretary-treas* urer. Attending were Mike Raymond, Garden Grove, Calif.; Mrs. Joyce Raymond, Topeka, Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Martin, Brad and Jay, Little York; Mrs. Robert McClintock, Doug and Barry, Vincent Raymond and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Breen, Becky, and Cheryl, Monmouth; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raymond, Mr. and Mrs. John Raymond, and Larry, Lana, Laura, and Lindsay Raymond, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Freburg, Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Raymond. Janet, Cindy, and Linda, of Bushnell. Mrs. Ruth Williams and Leo, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Staggs, J. C, Cindy and Vic, of Avon; Mr. and Mrs. Gail Williams. Janet, Deana, Mary Frances and Gayle, of Galesburg; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Reardon of Macomb and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mariner, Pam and Nancy, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Freburg, of Prairie City. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Irwin, Donna, Dana, and Don, of Bushnell, were afternoon callers. The 13th annual reunion will be held the third Sunday of August at the same place. READ THE WANT ADS! Everywhere you look there's a WHITE ROOF WHITE'S INSULATION 342-0185 Little guys just keep growing and low cost way to get cash for those growing, and no longer needed no longer needed things though, baby things seem to accumulate with Phone 342-5161 and sell them with each passing month. There's a fast, a Register-Mail Want Ad. Register-Mail Want Ads

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