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Death Becomes Her

Claire Fordham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Claire Fordham

Olivia Bareham is a death midwife. Just as a birth midwife helps bring someone into this world, a death midwife helps them depart from it. Bareham's mission in life is to change the way we think about death.

Mummy Myths Busted By Ghoulish New Research

Posted 03.23.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/22/2013 12:51 PM EDT on LiveScience Contrary to reports by famous Greek historian Herodotus, ...

Wars Drive Advances: How the Civil War Changed Funeral Practices

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Wars are often responsible for medical and scientific advances, and the Civil War drove the need for a new science: an improved way to handle the dead...

Chicago Auction Pulls Alleged Elvis Presley Autopsy Tools, Authenticity Questioned

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The authenticity of tools supposedly used in Elvis Presley's autopsy and embalming is being questioned, and the items have been...

Natural Burial Is a Gentler Way to Leave

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

Commercial funeral practices put gallons of embalming fluid, and tons of metal and exotic hardwoods into the ground. And I was surprised to learn that cremation is equally polluting and energy-intensive.

Green Til The End: Using Eco-Friendly Coffins

USA Today | Sarah Skidmore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Cynthia Beal wants to be an Oregon cherry tree after she dies. She has everything to make it happen -- a body, a burial site and a biodegradable coffi...