Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dancing in the Aisles 
Many people today feel that funeral services are not important or meaningful to them.  What is wonderful about rituals like funeral services though, is that they are not set in stone.  They can be adapted to pay tribute to what was important to the deceased, and what is meaningful to their survivors.
Dancing in the aisles of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, mourners in 2009 paid tribute to "Dean of the Lindy Hoppers", Frankie Manning.  This was a delightful mix of old and new, remembering the church roots as well as the lifelong passion of a remarkable man.
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