S3E35: The Lighter Side of Death: Using Humor

Use humor to dispel anxiety and honor loved ones in a memorable way.

In this episode we talk about the role of humor, especially in obituaries. We share a obituary for Rick Stein of Wilmington that includes some rather fantastic tales!

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:14 Obon, The Japanese Celebration of the Dead
  • 09:40 The Lighter Side of Death
  • 17:06 Funny Obituaries

“She puts the Bitch in Obituary!”

Speaking of humor, we also talked about movie (Marianne couldn’t remember the name): The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. See the trailer below:

Recipe of the Week

Our recipe is part of a cultural journey to Japan where we explore the explore the ritual of Obon, a Japanese summer festival when ancestral spirits are welcomed back home for a three-day family reunion in the world of the living. During Obon, they’re honored with offerings of favorite foods, bonfires, and lively dances, before being led back to the land of the dead on a river of floating lanterns.

A spirit horse carved out of cucumber, and an eggplant cow (Atlas Obscura)

Food is an important part of the festival, from carved vegetables making spirit horses and eggplant cows to sweet treats for visiting ancestors. For our recipe, learn how to make Dango, a doughy ball perfect with a cup of tea. It is simple, with just rice, sugar, water and matcha powder. Get the recipe here from Spoon University or watch the video below.

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There are many wonderful songs that could be played at a funeral. We also know there are songs that could be played, but are cringeworthy (e.g. Ding Dong the Witch is Dead; Another One Bites the Dust; Ring of Fire, etc.).

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