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Greening the American Way of Death

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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.

Hundreds Gather For Walter Scott's Funeral

Reuters | Harriet McLeod | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

SUMMERVILLE, S.C., April 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners gathered on Saturday morning at a South Carolina chapel to remember Walter Scott, an Afri...

What I Learned From Crashing a Funeral

Ryan Greenhalgh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ryan Greenhalgh

It was raining when I woke up. How fitting. Today I was going to follow in the footsteps of the wisest and sharpest professor I've had to date. I wa...

How to Plan the Perfect Funeral

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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...

Upon My Death, Please Continue to 'Like' Me

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.26.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

My immediate family huddled on a couch in the funeral home's parlor room. My wife and I held hands while my daughters stifled urges to check their cell phones. A box of tissues sat on the coffee table. None were needed. Not yet.

Crime Lab Mix-Up Causes Wrong Body To Be Buried

AP | Posted 02.19.2015 | Crime

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- A coroner says a mix-up at the state crime lab led an Augusta area family to bury the wrong body during a closed-casket funeral. ...

Traditions - New Orleans Second Lining

Michael Hill | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Hill

On January 11, 2014 I had the pleasure of participating in a Second Line Parade, back in my home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though I'd seen hundreds growing up there, this was the first I've actually ever taken part in. Second Lining is an old tradition in New Orleans and considered a part of our cultural heritage.

Dead of Winter -- End of Life With Lightness

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Gerit Quealy

So, violent death we're used to... but natural death? Shhh, don't talk about that. Don't acknowledge it. Try to prevent it. Outlive it, outrun it, outsmart it. Stick a tube or a wire or a needle into it stat!

A Eulogy to My Mother-in-Law

Charles J. Alaimo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Alaimo

On the 4th anniversary of her passing, I've reflected on all the family moments we have missed her presence, but in some way we all know she is there.

Outrage Erupts After Church Objects To Lesbian's Funeral Service

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices

A Colorado church is under fire after reportedly objecting to the funeral service planned for a lesbian woman, even after her loved ones had already g...

Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.15.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's not enough room in Teddy's Florist for the plants and the people, so George Stelios starts moving the flowers to the street.

Burying a Friend Younger Than Me

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.

Died, Passed Away or Passed

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Exactly when did the change in terminology occur, what was the reason for the change, is it helpful for the family of the deceased, and what are the theological implications of using "passed away" or "passed" instead of "died"? I decided to explore the matter.

Xavier Cortada's Art: Inspired by Science, and Uniquely Miami

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

It had all the trappings of a typical Miami funeral. The eulogists, stifling their tears. The aria, Handel's mournful Piangero la Sorte Mia. The loud lamentations of the black laced lloradera.

How to Live a Joyful Life

Sarah Key | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Key

Glenn Markman (aka Glenno) graciously and naturally taught those boys how to be men, how not to be afraid of laughter or tears. He exemplified how to life a joyful life. Here are some lessons I gleaned from Glenno...

'Don't Lose The Body' And 8 Other Tips For Funeral Planning

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.15.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

In a wedding, you have months to prepare. With a funeral, you have days and you'll need to interrupt your own grieving to organize the deadly details.

Four Weeks and a Funeral

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.14.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I've been a professional writer for several decades and never intended to reach international status by passing gas. It definitely was the fart heard around the world, and I was amused at being the "air to the throne."

Why We Should Remember To Treat Every Day Like A Special Occasion

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

In 1969, my father traveled to Japan on a business trip and brought back an elegant silk robe as a gift for my mother. They had been high school sweethearts. He was the gregarious student body president and she was the timid valedictorian. He wasn't one for giving gifts and she wasn't comfortable accepting them.

The Funeral Dress

Eddie Parsons | Posted 01.06.2015 | Style
Eddie Parsons

There is a somber topic that sales people know too well. When a client comes in distraught and frustrated because they have to make a purchase that has no buyer's joy and often very little thought... the need to buy an outfit for a funeral.

My Mother's Body Got Lost

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.02.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

Today I called the funeral home in Wendell and they hadn't received the body. How do you lose a casket? I thought I had completed all the necessary arrangements, but I wasn't familiar with the procedures for this dilemma.

My Grandmother Is, and Will Forever Be, a Proud Woman

Madeline Wahl | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

My grandmother will forever be a proud woman. She had such pride for her family and friends, her children and grandchildren, her nieces and nephew and everyone in between. My grandmother, ever the socialite, would take me by the hand and introduce me to her friends.

Thousands Honor Legendary Washington Post Editor At Funeral

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 10.29.2014 | Media

Thousands of journalists, colleagues and friends gathered Wednesday morning at the Washington National Cathedral to say their goodbyes to Ben Bradlee,...

Photographing The Toughest Of Moments With Shaun Connell

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Shaun Connell We don't often see photographs of funerals. I guess most people are there to grieve and likely are not in th...

To Hug or Not To Hug That is the Question

Al DeLuise | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I am not a 'hugger'. I don't think I ever have been a hugger but I notice I get even more distant the older I get. I'm not saying I don't like to be...

Good to Go

Marcia Liss | Posted 11.25.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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