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11 Bodies Intended For Cremation Found In Damp Funeral Home Room

AP | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The head of Ohio's funeral directors board says she'll recommend administrative charges and license suspensions for a funeral hom...

Greening the American Way of Death

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Tanya D. Marsh

A typical 10-acre patch of cemetery ground contains enough furniture-grade lumber to construct 40 houses, nearly 1,000 tons of steel, 20,000 tons of concrete, and enough embalming fluid to fill a small backyard swimming pool.

How to Plan the Perfect Funeral

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

As a hospice medical director I've been to a lot of funerals, but only one of them has been labeled "perfect" in my memory. Over the years I have made...

What to Do With Our Bodies After We Die

Katrina Spade | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Katrina Spade

The Urban Death Project is developing a new option which may appeal to those among us who want to minimize environmental harm and give something back to the earth when we die.

How Your Death Affects Climate Change

Katrina Spade | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Katrina Spade

You might take solace in the fact that when you die, your days of polluting the planet are over. But the truth is that the method you choose to dispose of your mortal remains has more of a deleterious impact on the environment than you might think.

Being Present

Alissa Stern | Posted 11.16.2014 | Travel
Alissa Stern

In some cultures, wearing local dress and participating in local ceremonies is not appreciated. And even in Bali, there are some ceremonies that are off-limits to outsiders. But in many Balinese communities, as in many communities elsewhere, the opposite is true.

What Joan Rivers Taught Us About Dying

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 11.07.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

While we can only read between the lines of the sad news when Joan was rushed to the hospital after an outpatient procedure and then was in and out of intensive care, it appears she and her daughter at some earlier time had "that conversation."

Cremation Is More Popular Than Ever, And Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.14.2014 | Science

It's no secret that life expectancy in the U.S. is trending upward. A person born today can expect to live eight years longer than someone born in the...

Am I a Father? Check -- Bidding Farewell to My Baby Too Soon

James Sims | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
James Sims

Angel Belle was alive during the entire delivery process. My wife felt her kicking throughout. Her heartbeat was strong. And then it was not. After being delivered, Angel Belle took a single breath while her heartbeat slowly faded.

First World Problems: 'Ash to Flash'

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Before going one step further here, I'd like to ask you to keep in mind the Ship of Theseus theo...

Death Warmed Over: Day of the Dead Foods From All Cultures

Lisa Rogak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weird News
Lisa Rogak

Though many people are familiar with Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico every November, the truth is that most cultures and religions -- from the Amish to Vietnamese -- use food in their funeral rituals in some way.

A Moment of Dignity from the TSA

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Eva Moon

It seems a little silly, I know, making a ceremonial occasion on an x-ray scanner in a bustling airport, but it was oddly moving too -- a moment of humanity in the middle of a dehumanizing process.

How to Find Affordable Cremation Services

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Roughly 40 percent of Americans now choose cremation, up from 27 percent just a decade ago. Here are some tips for locating low-cost services.

Death: Before My Last Exhale

Naina Kapur | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Naina Kapur

We all live with the knowledge of an inevitable death -- those of us who near middle age have likely witnessed and experienced that knowledge. And yet, when it comes, it still greets most of us with surprise.

How Do We Do Right By the Dead?

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

In American society today, it is difficult to offer any simply answer to the question. In the past, most Americans would likely talk about dignity and respect, and look to the church and the funeral home to help them do the right things at the time of death.

Funeral Pre-Planning: Your Final Act of Love

Nancy Cronk | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Cronk

Have we done what we need to do to protect the people closest to us who will be left behind? Are our spouses, our children, or are partners prepared to make important decisions on our behalf, and have we given them clear instructions for doing so? I

How the Occult Brought Cremation to America

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Mitch Horowitz

While cremation possessed ancient roots, it was little known among Victorian-age Americans. Indeed, to most late nineteenth-century Westerners, the concept of cremation seemed otherworldly and even un-Christian.

A Dignified Burial At Last For Long Unclaimed Remains

www.npr.org | Carrie Jung | Posted 08.09.2013 | Religion

On a blisteringly hot summer afternoon, about 40 people gather at the Evangelico Cemetery in southwestern Albuquerque. Deacon Pablo Lefebre leads the ...

Inside Ubud, Bali

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

You can't visit Bali's cultural center of Ubud and not see any art. Creativity is everywhere here, from pura (temples) to palaces, galleries to gardens, with shops and handicrafts and lovingly decorated shrines.

Death Cafe Or Sacred Conversation?

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

To ask, as we do, how we want our bodies to be treated after death gives us the opportunity to learn what Jewish tradition has said for generations.

WATCH: Cremated Ashes Used For Fireworks?

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.15.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd talks to Nick Drobnis about how he started his company Angels Flight, which turns cremated ashes into a fireworks display f...

Drupchen's Body Is a Litmus Test for Nepal

Tenzin Dorjee | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Tenzin Dorjee

Over the last decade, amid China's growing hegemony in Asia, Nepal has turned from a sanctuary to a nightmare for Tibetan refugees. This tragedy is embodied in the way the Nepalese government has so far responded to Drupchen Tsering's self-immolation.

Motorcycles and Cremations

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

A recent ad in the local newspaper by a Denver mortuary and cemetery called Olinger Highland together with another company's offer of a freebie that arrived in the mail, makes the whole post mortem thing enticing.

Keeping Funeral Costs Affordable

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

The death of a loved one is always upsetting, but you may be able to ease your family's emotional and financial burdens by planning ahead.

The Inevitability Of Death

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

As much as the constant of death remains the same, how we think about it, how talk about it and what we do after it continues to change.