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Andre Dawson embraces death in new life running funeral home: ‘It’s not for the weak’

The call was urgent, and the emotions raw, when three businessmen pulled into the Little Havana neighborhood in the early afternoon, rang the doorbell, and solemnly walked into the home to get the dead body.

A man directed them to the bedroom where his father had just passed away. He looked up twice and stared intently through his glassy, reddened eyes, as his face contorted in an odd mixture of grief, confusion and thrill.

“The Hawk?’’ he blurted out.

“Yes,’’ Andre Dawson said, “that’s me.’’

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 09:55 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5670057)
This is why I don't submit more articles for the newsblog - it (and a few other things) sat in the moderation queue for more than 24 hours without being posted. Why even bother?
   2. Omineca Greg Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:19 PM (#5670066)
Oh, don't stop posting them. I really enjoyed the article. I was just thinking of something I could add...but not coming up with much.

I'm not squeamish about death, when I was younger I was, but I think I've come to terms with it much better recently. I didn't realise that as you get older, things just begin to suck. Quite the revelation, I know.

Interesting line of work. Room for all kinds of people in that one, opportunistic vampires and compassionate servants in a time of crisis. I don't have much experience with it myself...yet.

I remember when my Uncle committed suicide, all his siblings were ######## about how much weight he'd gained in the last year of his life (for cremations you pay by the pound). That's cold man, that's cold. Or a very dark sense of ironic humour, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.

   3. PreservedFish Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:24 PM (#5670071)
My wife has asked for the Tibetan burial technique of desecration by vultures, but I imagine the permitting is a bit of a hassle.
   4. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:24 PM (#5670072)
I found it interesting. So thank you.
   5. Lassus Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5670081)
My wife has asked for the Tibetan burial technique of desecration by vultures, but I imagine the permitting is a bit of a hassle.

Sky burial! I remember reading about that years ago, sounded neat.

I very much want to be shot in a rocket into space to drift for eternity. I hope I live long enough for that to not be too massive a task for my nieces to take care of.
   6. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:38 PM (#5670085)
James Worthy, the former basketball player, is the son of a funeral home director, and likely would have gone into the business had he not been a great athlete. Worthy's dad looked and sounded just like his son, both with deep, slow voices, and eyes that slant down at the sides and give them an air of what might be described as sleepy gravitas. Worthy, Jr. also comes across as always very calm, beyond what just the effect of his appearance and voice. In short, basketball's gain was definitely a big loss to the funeral business.

(Worthy also made a pretty impressve Kilngon.)
My wife has asked for the Tibetan burial technique of desecration by vultures, but I imagine the permitting is a bit of a hassle.
Some variants of Zoroastrians do this, most notably Jains with their "Tower of Silence". This has suddenly become a real problem because of the sudden near extinction of Indian vultures due to poisoning by a drug used in livestock. Fortunately (I guess) there aren't a ton of Jains left in the world, but those that remain have a vulture shortage.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:46 PM (#5670094)
Some variants of Zoroastrians do this, most notably Jains with their "Tower of Silence".

You mean the Parsis. I've been there, in Mumbai! Well, to the gates of the Towers of Silence. The guards would not let me through the gates. But I did have lunch in a Parsi cafe.

The Jains are the cats that go buck naked and sweep the ground before their feet with a peacock feather in order to save the lives of microscopic insects.
   8. Omineca Greg Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:47 PM (#5670095)
Sky burial is making a comeback, or to be more exact, you just can't keep a good ritual down. I don't know how interested anybody I'll be quick.

Chinese government. Not into it. Banned it for awhile.

Buddhist traditional method of disposing of bodies is cremation. With better technology, much easier to do than in the old days.

Still expensive, you're supposed to release the yak that carries the body to the charnel grounds. Yaks are worth a lot, cheaper to cremate.

Despite these challenges, people like the idea of their body returning to nature so quickly and efficiently. Good karma, and karma is important, don't want to let some go without a good reason.
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 01:58 PM (#5670103)

I love these kind of articles. I often wonder what more obscure athletes (the ones who actually have to work for a living after their playing careers are over) are doing years later but it's unusual and interesting to find a guy like Dawson go into a completely unrelated field like this. The article makes him seem like a pretty good person.
   10. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5670110)
I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
Above the ocean. I saw through half-shut eyelids a vulture wheeling
high up in heaven,
And presently it passed again, but lower and nearer, its orbit
I understood then
That I was under inspection. I lay death-still and heard the flight-
Whistle above me and make their circle and come nearer.
I could see the naked red head between the great wings
Bear downward staring. I said, 'My dear bird, we are wasting time
These old bones will still work; they are not for you.' But how
he looked, gliding down
On those great sails; how beautiful he looked, veering away in the
over the precipice. I tell you solemnly
That I was sorry to have disappointed him. To be eaten by that beak
become part of him, to share those wings and those eyes--
What a sublime end of one's body, what an enskyment; what a life
after death.

-Robinson Jeffers
   11. Batman Posted: May 10, 2018 at 02:52 PM (#5670150)
I've seen headlines about the 104-year-old Australian scientist who embraced death in Switzerland this morning, so the headline scared me a little. Dawson missed being teammates with Richie Hebner with the Cubs by about year. I wonder if they get together to talk about the death industry.
   12. Omineca Greg Posted: May 10, 2018 at 03:13 PM (#5670158)
Australia's oldest scientist David Goodall has taken his final journey to the strains of Beethoven's last symphony and surrounded by family in Switzerland.

The 104-year-old was forced to travel on a one-way ticket from his home in Western Australia to Switzerland, where he took his own life on Thursday through voluntary euthanasia.

In his final hours, Professor Goodall enjoyed his favourite dinner: fish and chips and cheesecake.

And in his final minutes, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, best known for its last movement Ode to Joy, was played in line with his wishes.

He was accompanied to the Basel clinic of Swiss assisted-dying organisation Life Circle by Dr Philip Nitschke, founder of Australian right-to-die group Exit International.

Prof Goodall flew from Perth, where his daughter, son and grandchildren also live, to France last week to see relatives before arriving in Switzerland, where assisted dying is legal.

He spent his final full day exploring the botanic gardens with three of his grandchildren, who said they were proud of his bravery in the face of great public attention and were glad he would die on his own terms.

At his last press conference on Wednesday, Prof Goodall was in good spirits and sang a few bars of Ode to Joy while wearing a jumper printed with the words "Ageing Disgracefully".

But he said he would have preferred to die in Australia and previously voiced his resentment at the nation's laws, which prevented him from doing so.

"Luckily my family who are in various parts of Europe and America have rallied round and come to see me, and I welcome the opportunity to see them, which I probably wouldn't have had if I hadn't pursued this Swiss option," he told journalists.

He appeared bemused by the public interest.

"At my age, or less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death when the death is at an appropriate time," Prof Goodall said.

His decision to seek assisted suicide came after his quality of life deteriorated and his eyesight and abilities declined.

"I no longer want to continue life," he said. "I'm happy to have a chance to end it."

   13. Brian C Posted: May 10, 2018 at 03:20 PM (#5670168)
I didn't realize that this was a Bob Nightengale article - that probably means Dawson already sold the funeral home a year ago.
   14. perros Posted: May 10, 2018 at 03:28 PM (#5670176)
Too bad Edward G Robinson isn't around to play Goodall in the movie.
   15. Ziggy's screen name Posted: May 10, 2018 at 03:44 PM (#5670190)
I very much want to be shot in a rocket into space to drift for eternity. I hope I live long enough for that to not be too massive a task for my nieces to take care of.

Just sneak into Elon Musk's trunk when you feel the reaper approaching and this might work after all.
   16. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 10, 2018 at 04:02 PM (#5670208)
Thanks for posting this. Good read.

From TFA: upon learning of Dawson's new career..
“Rickey Henderson just looked at me,’’ Dawson says, “with his eyes wide open.

In fairness, couldn't this have been Rickey's reaction to just about any new piece of information?
alternatively, what was Rickey thinking in his head? "oh, Rickey isn't going to die in your funeral home, if that's what you're thinking Andre."
   17. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 10, 2018 at 04:22 PM (#5670224)
"oh, Rickey isn't going to die in your funeral home, if that's what you're thinking Andre."

My grandfather was 96 when he died. He was a regular at the local funeral home, it was a major part of his social life. Go to the funeral, see everybody. When my grandmother died, we were at the usual funeral home. He knew all of the workers there. As we left, he saw the funeral director and said "Hope to see you next time I am here."

   18. perros Posted: May 10, 2018 at 04:29 PM (#5670231)
Democracy of the Dead

, “I say I’m a pacifist because I am a violent son of a #####. I’m a Texan. I can feel it in every bone I’ve got.”

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