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Richard C. Lindberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646845

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646845.001.0001

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Ashes to Ashes—and Back to Ronneby

Ashes to Ashes—and Back to Ronneby

(p.265) 18 Ashes to Ashes—and Back to Ronneby
Whiskey Breakfast

Richard C. Lindberg

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, reflects on his return to Sweden, his birthplace, to bring home the ashes of his deceased father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg. Marie, his stepmother, surrendered the marble urn of Oscar’s cremation ashes to his custody and directed him to return them to the “Garden of Sweden.” He was fulfilling his father’s last intentions. (“Son, when I am dead, I want you to go to Sweden and learn something of your family.”) So in June 1987, the author found himself aboard the SAS jetliner bound for Copenhagen, then Stockholm, and his first meeting with the religious side of the Lindberg family. He took the urn to the graveyard at Bräkne-Hoby, near Ronneby, where a hole was dug and the ashes lowered slowly into the ground.

Keywords:   cremation ashes, Sweden, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, Marie Lindberg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lindberg family, Bräkne-Hoby, Ronneby

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