a post-Christian memorial service

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 02, 2007

To honor the dead you can say a prayer, or light a candle, or decorate a gravestone, or... you can get a big crowd together and party, figuring that the deceased would want you all to have fun. Fair enough; I don't think Princess Di would object to a rock concert. Just tell me: What does it mean, in terms of her life and death? Or am I asking the wrong question, looking for meaning in 21st-century culture?

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 04, 2007 2:28 PM ET USA

    O'Solanus: would a peak-a-boo calendar of college girls, with proceeds benefiting the MC's, be OK?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 04, 2007 9:41 AM ET USA

    If there was anything sad about it, it was the fact that it showed Princess Di to be part of a celebrity culture which, let's hope, is on the wane.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2007 1:46 PM ET USA

    Di, though it's not inappropriate to ask such questions, remember as others have noted, it was not a memorial service: It was a concert fundraiser on the occasion of her birthday not the anniversary of her death.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2007 12:06 PM ET USA

    This was only a concert, not a memorial service. As such it was full of the modern fluff and pop-fizz culture that the late Princess seemed so comfortable with; mingled with good intentions.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2007 10:33 AM ET USA

    This was neither a funeral nor a wake. This was 2 sons remembering their mother, while raising monies for the charities that were close to her and also those they are involved in. I think you are making way too much of this. Not everything has a sinister or negative connotation. Enough already.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 03, 2007 7:27 AM ET USA

    wpatc64 - Peter Kreeft said that the national anthem of Hell is " I Did it My Way."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 9:26 PM ET USA

    For heaven's sake it was only a benefir concert performed in memory of her.It wasn't a funeral nor a wake.So what if it was a celebration of her life.There is nothing wrong with that as long as it is seperate from the funeral rite.Why can't a person both enjoy the concert and pray for her soul.I was surprised -I thought Tom Jones was dead.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 5:32 PM ET USA

    At a recent deacon's wake, I was appalled to hear the lead deacon invite "whoever" wanted to say a few words to come up and talk. About seven did, and their comments added NOTHING to the Word of God. Then, at the end of both the wake and Mass, the family insisted that the tape of Elvis singing "My Way" be played. If that wasn't a refutation of the Word of God, I don't know what is. . .

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 2:10 PM ET USA

    The latest funerary fad is the "celebration of life." Many Catholics now expect a celebration of life as part of the liturgy. Hence the verbose eulogies which dominate modern liturgies, even when the life of the deceased was not exemplary. I have instructed my wife, should I go first, that I do not want a celebration of life, nor do I want to be en-urned and stuck in a crypt. Give me a requiem mass with black vestments, and a casket in the ground. No eulogies; focus on the Lord.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 2:02 PM ET USA

    Kinda reminds me of one of Oprah's love-fests. I don't have a problem with the concert, but to me it seems pointless. Better to pray for the repose of her soul.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 1:54 PM ET USA

    It was a charity event with proceeds from 65,000 tickets, at approximately $100 each, and the sale of broadcast rights in 145 countries benefiting her charities, including the Missionaries of Charity.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 1:08 PM ET USA

    It was like a candle in the wind...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 02, 2007 12:26 PM ET USA

    Make mine a High Requiem Mass (in Latin) with black and gold (Steelers colors) vestments!