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Are we remembered how we want to be?

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Secombe Centre lsThis is one of my occasional pictures of memorials, but is different again from memorials in churchyards or cemetaries. this is a public memorial: it is the Secombe Theatre in Sutton, where I live, and is a memorial to former local resident Sir Harry Secombe, the actor and singer and Goon, who lived nearby. It is a conversion of a church building; a more modern church is next door.

But, while remembering a local resident, would the highly successful Sir Harry want to be remembered by this local venue, with its tribute acts and amateur productions?

The more general questions are: are we remembered for what we want to be remembered for, and in the ways that we might value? And what should the people who are doing the remembering do to make the memorial appropriate?


Written by Malcolm Payne

7 January 2013 at 2:15 pm

Posted in memorials

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  1. During my current study of virtue ethics, I’ve noticed the emphasis that social work ethics scholars like Sarah Banks put on asking this fundamental question in addressing ethical dilemmas: “What kind of person am I?” This discussion of memorials leads me to consider asking students (and myself!) to reflect on what our memorial might suggest regarding our practice as social workers and how it might communicate our endeavors or hopes to be ethical practitioners. Tony

    Anthony Bibus

    7 January 2013 at 2:34 pm

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