News.com.au – AFP, July 2014
|Life cycle ... Sille Kongstad with her self-made vehicle for her tricycle hearse|
service in Copenhagen, Denmark. Picture: AFP/Bededamerne.dk/VAGN
HANSEN Source: AFP
SHUFFLING off this mortal coil in many countries means making a final trip to burial or cremation in a motorised hearse.
But in Denmark — a country famous for its pedalling lifestyle — the recently deceased now have the option of being seen off on a tricycle.
The contraption, built by a Danish undertaker, has been hailed by cycling enthusiasts in this Nordic nation — but also hit by criticism from those who believe a person’s exit is more dignified by car.
“I got the idea from looking at some pictures of old horse-drawn carriages used in the olden days to transport coffins, and I thought they were very beautiful and feminine,” Sille Kongstad told AFP.
“A lot of families that contact me are concerned about the environment, and it’s important for them to have a sustainable coffin or urn, and it was good to be able to offer them an environmentally friendly mode of transport,” she added.
In two days Kongstad has received five bookings for the new vehicle, which cost over 40,000 kroner ($AU7800) to make, with many more customers “who are still alive” contacting her to inquire about using it in the future.
The first funeral, on July 19, will be for a 95-year-old man who “loved to have big happenings in his life”.
“The family thought this was a really nice way to say farewell. There will be saxophone music played afterwards and his own saxophone will be placed on the coffin,” Kongstad said.
Long considered one of Europe’s two “bicycle capitals” along with Amsterdam, Copenhagen counts more bicycles than people, and 36 per cent of those who work or study in the Danish city use a bike for their daily commute.
Yet the novel design has drawn mixed reactions from Danish Facebook users, with some describing it as an undignified way to go, while others worried that it might scare children.
Kongstad said there was little difference between putting a coffin on display in a car or on a tricycle, adding that children generally had fewer fears and hang-ups over death than their parents did.
“In general, I think people in Denmark and elsewhere should try to be more open about death and dying,” she said.
“It’s the most natural thing in this world, the fact that we’re going to die. It’s the only thing we can be sure of,” she added.
"THE THREE WINDS" – Feb 23-24, 2013 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Humanity, Home - other side of the veil, Wind of Birth - Birth, Wind of Existence - Life, Wind of Transition - Death) - (Text version)
“… The Wind of Transition (Death)
The last wind is the Wind of Transition. You call it death. What can I tell you about this that you don't already know? Well, I think I can tell you a lot. First of all, the rules: You don't know what you don't know. You don't know when it's going to happen. Did you know that we need to keep some of you here for a very long time? It's because you are not done with what you started. For others of you, we need you to transition sooner than later in order to follow your own plan. We need you at a new place on the planet soon, when you're young. We need your Akashic knowledge to awaken early and keep developing what you're developing now, because you'll have the energy of youth.
We need you to be a certain age so you can run for office, just as you planned it. We need to have you young for other reasons that should be very obvious to you as you think about it from our standpoint. So, you don't know when you are leaving. Cast away the fear of this transition, so you understand the reasons that are profound and the ones you helped create when you were on my side. The very awakening process helps to decide when you're going to transfer the energy and move through transition yet again.
I want to give you an attribute you probably haven't thought of: Death is fearful. In the corporeal sense, you have an incredible will to survive. The last thing anyone wants, even bacteria, is to die. Survival then pushes you to live and nobody simply walks into death without fear. This will remain, and it's the way it should be. But there is a gift for you that we give you, and you don't even know about it.
At the moment of transition, when your heart stops and you take your last breath, we are there. All the angels from the Great Central Sun are there, too, and they kindle a light that puts you at peace. It's a peace so great that fear cannot exist. In a fraction of a second, you know it's OK. You might call it a spiritual anesthetic, but we call it the gift from the Creator.
So the Wind of Transition from our standpoint, a quantum standpoint, is beautiful. It represents that instant where you realize you're finished with this life. It's only for a second, and then it's gone. Then you move into the process of a three-day remembrance of who you are. Part of you is still on the planet and part of you is with us. All of it is beautiful.
Some Humans have gone through a near-death experience and explained it the best they could, but they all say they came back different. Oh, Human Being, they saw a piece of it; they saw a piece of the creator and when they came back, they exclaimed to you, "You won't believe it! I was dead for a moment and I heard singing and saw light." Just ask them and they'll tell you. So this is the gift of transition that we have never talked about before. There is no sting in death, Human Being. The only sting is for the ones who remain and don't know where you are. They feel you are gone forever, but you are not. Neither are the souls of those you have lost over the years, dear listener and reader. Did you know that the parents you may have lost will be with you till your last breath? They are holding your hand the whole time. This is complex, but it's part of a beautiful, multidimensional system of soul grouping. Some of you know I'm right, since you have sensed them.
Human Beings, you have to know that your soul group can be in several places at the same time. We've given you that information before. Souls can be reincarnated somewhere else on the planet as a corporeal Human, and also be with you at the same time as what you perceive as a guide. Don't ask the question about "how", because it won't make any sense in your reality. It's a beautiful system. Death has no sting!
If you lose somebody you love, I want you to remember this: They may appear still and cold and gone forever, but that's just in 3D and it's not the truth. They are alive and well and looking at you, pleading with you to see the energy of love that they represent. They are not gone.
Those are the Three Winds for today. I love to talk about these things for they are near to me all the time. I work with all three, and I'm working with them right now. The energy that is Kryon is a group. It's just like all of you are, since you have these attributes also. I'm part of a group right now who are working with those at the Wind of Birth. I am also welcoming those going through the transition - right now. This is the role of Spirit through the Higher-Self that is yours. Discover God inside. When you do, you will also see that the plan is beautiful, dear ones. …”
"Perceptions of God" – June 6, 2010 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Quantum Teaching, The Fear of God, Near-death Experience, God Becomes Mythology, Worship, Mastery, Intelligent Design, Benevolent Creator,Global Unity.... etc.) (Text version)
“… When a Human almost dies, they get close to the veil, very close. They are ever so close to the creator's energy and just barely touched by it. When their heart was stopping and their breathing was almost gone, before they were brought back to life with science, they got to touch the hand of God for just an instant. What they saw was magnificent! The energy before them was filled with love and light, filled with family, filled with beauty. There was no strife there. There was no punishment there or even the hint of it. And when they came back from that experience, listen to what they told you. It changed their lives, didn't it? Listen to each one talk about it, for they continued to say, "There is nothing to fear and death is something you experience as a normal transition." Blessed is the Human Being who experiences both death and birth and has the wisdom to report, "Oh, it's uncomfortable, but I'll get through it, because I've done it before." The person who has experienced a near-death experience is no longer afraid to die! What does that tell you? They have seen what is there and they embrace it! …”