Opposition to Cemeteries - Until more recently, I never considered any kind of burial other than the traditional casket laid in a cemetery plot with a headstone.

Opposition to Cemeteries – Cremation Preferred

While paying attention to funeral and death rituals, I also noticed there is opposition to cemeteries I wasn’t aware of. Until more recently, I never contemplated any kind of burial other than the traditional casket laid in a cemetery plot with a headstone.

Cremation projected to be preferred in the future

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When he looked in the casket, my husband felt awkward looking at his little brother as though he were sleeping and would awake at any moment. He wondered about the purpose of funeral traditions that would include making a person who is dead look alive.

Funeral Traditions – Uncomfortable Death Rituals

When my husband was thirteen years old, his younger 7-year-old brother died of leukemia. At the time of his little brother’s death, my husband discovered he did not feel comfortable with some of the funeral traditions surrounding death.

Sleeping – Awkward funeral traditions

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Eighty percent or more believe babies are born good; I am among this group who believes each of us is born good.

Born Good – Choose Negativity- Overlooked Influence

Eighty percent or more believe babies are born good. The majority also believe, if we choose, we can make bad choices, which are influenced by the environment and key people in our lives most of the time. I am a part of these majority groups, but I also think there is an overlooked influence that impacts all of us. I would like to address this hidden influence for your consideration.

Born Good – Positive to Negative

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I have overheard conversations that it seems as though the world is getting meaner. I have to agree with one possible exception.

If The World Is Getting Meaner – Mercy or Justice

I have overheard conversations that it seems as though the world is getting meaner. I have to agree with one possible exception, maybe it is America getting meaner rather than the whole world. If the world is getting meaner, what can be done to reverse “meanness to kindness”?

If the world is getting meaner

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I am striving to move from a fear based to love based person. Like 75% of the population, I was raised in a fear based atmosphere and like many, l deeply desire to regain the innate nature of love we were all born with.

Fear Based to Love Based – Healing by Embracing Truth

I am striving to move from a fear based to love based person. Like 75% of the population, I was raised in a fear based atmosphere and like many, l deeply desire to regain the innate nature of love we were all born with.

Self-Love

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Honoring parents example - After I hung up the phone, I made the mental decision that it was time to act on my new held belief that honoring parents means being honest.

Honoring Parents Example – Being Honest not Catering To

In the past few years, many of my beliefs have changed. Included among my new beliefs is what it means to keep the commandment to honor parents. I will share an honoring parents example to explain there is no honor without honesty.

Defining the word honor

Prior to sharing my honoring parents example, I desire to include the dictionary’s meaning of the word “honor”.

honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions. – dictionary.com

I recently learned the hard way that the best way to honor parents is by being honest.

Dampen my joy

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Learning to be at peace with ourselves in our present circumstances is the key to overcoming loneliness.

Overcoming Loneliness – Looking Inward

I have had the mindset that loneliness is when a person doesn’t have friends or a companion.  After observing the state of loneliness a bit closer, I have changed my views about the subject of overcoming loneliness.

Loneliness goes deeper than being alone

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