General News of Friday, 17 August 2018
The Archbishop of Cape Coast and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Accra, Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, has admonished Ghanaians to rethink about the way and manner they spend so much of their time, money and resources on funeral and the dead.
He sees no reason why families of the deceased would spend thousands of Cedis and other resources on the dead when the living are there struggling to make ends meet.
The popular man of God said it is about time Ghanaians do well to bury their dead within one or two weeks to prevent the huge financial burden associated with the dead being put in the morgue for a very long time.
“Lying in that cold freezer for a very long time is not the best. It doesn't please God”, he noted.
He added “We are wasting so much time; we are wasting so much money, and we are wasting so much resources on the dead and funerals. I beg you, let us invest these resources in the education of our children”.
The Most Reverend Palmer-Buckle made this observation at a church service organised in honour of the late statesman, Joseph Henry Kweku Abew Mensah, at the Accra International Conference Center, Friday, August 17, 2018.
Commenting further, he appealed to successive governments not to give unwittingly State approval to the eight-day ceremony of a statesman, noting that such approvals virtually bring to a halt all government business, thereby, affecting revenue inflows.
“Spending undue time, even government’s time and resources is not the best”, he added.
He further appealed to the traditional rulers and all those who matter in the scheme of things at the local level to also do their best to place restrictions on lavish funerals.
Concluding, the Most Reverend Palmer-Buckle commended the family of the late Joseph Henry Kweku Abew Mensah, the Government of Ghana, and all who contributed to organising the funeral of the former Senior Minister within 40 days of his demise.