Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

Wordsworth on the Death of a Six Year Old

In November of 1812 William and Mary Wordsworth's third child became sick with the measles. His name was Thomas, he was just six years old and seemed to be holding up well for five days before he suddenly died on the first of December. The death of a child was much more common two hundred years ago but it can hardly have been any easier to bear. [...] Read more

Crash Landing in the Hudson River

In the paper at the weekend was this account by a young woman who was on board flight 1549 which crash landed in the Hudson river after having its engines disabled by flying into a flock of geese: I crash-landed in the Hudson Everything went eerily quiet – the familiar drone of the engines had disappeared. Gripping the armrests, I said to myself, [...] Read more