New ways of commemorating the dead dears are popular in our country, one of them is the so-called columbarium. There are niches where the urns are preserved. In St. Pauli the columbarium is a part of the old Gothic church itself, built up in the background of the nave as you can see on two pics. Some niches are already 'occupied', others can be bought at life time as the aunt of a friend did we visited before in a seniorhome. It was moving to listen to her speaking quite openly about her own death. The community of living and dead persons during a church service might be a fine Christian idea, but I'm not sure if this way of commemorating the dead would correspond to my personal wish. A cemetery which reflects the seasonal changes of the year is rather a place where I could find my last rest.
In this month which is now ending there were five days to commemorate the dead. After the last Sunday before Advent on which the dead are commemorated the Christmas Markets all over our country have been opened.
Sorry, I cannot comment and reply on your comments in this weekend, because I'm taking part in a drama workshop at the university about Lessing's tragedy "Miss Sara Sampson" (1755) which is performed in our theatre. Furthermore American friends are visiting me.
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