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Father Len and Irish explore the life-changing benefits of death and funerals.
Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom
- Father Len shares his moving and powerful tradition for commemorating the victims and heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and what it reveals about life and death.
- Father Len explains how funerals make us better human beings.
- Father Len spells out the difference between a funeral and a “celebration of life.”
- Father Len tells the story of how comedian Garry Shandling’s parent’s decision not to allow him to attend his older brother’s funeral screwed him up.
- Father Len shares the story of what comedian Stephen Colbert learned from his mother at his father’s funeral.
- Funerals are incredibly healthy because they provide closure, a sense of meaning, and a perspective on what’s really important and enduring in life.
- “Something about death makes us wise—we suddenly become high-minded, forgiving and focused on the best in people. How can we do better at seeing living people through the “eulogy lens”? – Tim Urban Twitter: @waitbutwhy
- Funerals reveal human connection and the value and importance of community.
- Father Len tells the story of a funeral for a young father’s dad that revealed what kind of dad he wanted to be for his three boys.
- Funerals are an essential tool for passing on important values from one generation to the next.
- Funeral rituals have been around for 10,000 years as a means to say goodbye, mourn what has been lost and to forgive.