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  • Respecting the Earth, even in death: Seattle architect proposes human composting

    05/10/2016 6:22:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 8, 2016 | Lauren Frohne
    “I had this epiphany as a thirty-something, that I was going to die someday,” says Seattle-based architect Katrina Spade. As she watched her children, (then 2 and 5 years old) grow up day to day, she thought about a time when they would be 40 years old. And that she would be 70. And that she would eventually die. She began to look into the options we have for our corpses when we die, and the spaces and rituals associated with them: hardwood caskets, concrete vaults in the ground, carbon-emitting cremation, formaldehyde embalming, claiming a piece of real estate in...
  • Kennewick Man set to receive Native American burial

    04/29/2016 2:21:20 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 53 replies
    washington Post ^ | 29 Apr 2016 | BEN GUARINO
    Army Corps of Engineers working with native American tribes to coordinate burial A local tribe, the Umatilla, had claimed the Kennewick Man as an ancestor; the Native American group wanted to lay the skeleton to rest according to custom.
  • Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbors

    04/29/2016 10:03:36 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 11 replies ^ | April 29, 2016 | Teppei Kasai, Tim Kelly
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Tucked away in a quiet residential street in Kawasaki city in Japan is a refurbished workshop with a plain silver exterior and black draped windows that residents describe as creepy. The business inside, Sousou, is one of Japan's latest so-called corpse hotels, a camouflaged morgue used to store some of Japan's mounting pile of bodies waiting for a spot in one of the nation's overworked crematoriums. “Crematories need to be built, but there isn’t any space to do so and that is creating funeral refugees," said Hisao Takegishi, who opened the business in 2014. At a daily...
  • Coffee icon gets buried in espresso maker

    02/18/2016 11:45:27 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies ^ | Feb. 18, 2016 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Renato Bialetti, the man behind the iconic octagonal coffee pot from Italy, has died, and his freshly ground ashes were buried in a fitting urn - a giant version of the Moka that made him famous.The 93-year-old's children, Alessandra, Antonello and Alfonso, brewed up the plan to bury their dad's remains in a stovetop espresso maker on Monday, La Stampa reported.The pot was blessed by a priest at a church in his hometown of Casale Corte Cerro in Piemonte, then buried next to his wife, Elia, in nearby Omegna, The Local of Italy reported.
  • Military Emails Reveal Details On bin Laden's Burial ["Traditional Islamic Procedures" Observed]

    11/21/2012 9:25:26 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 21, 2012
    Internal Military Emails Reveal Details On bin Laden's Burial November 21, 2012 WASHINGTON – Internal emails among senior U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Usama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the Al Qaeda leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department. Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team...
  • Female San Bernardino terrorist’s body remains unclaimed

    12/14/2015 5:53:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 12/14/15 | Leslie Eastman
    What if Homeland Security has a 95% failure rate in screening jihadi brides? We reported dive crews were searching a lake in San Bernardino for evidence related to the terror attack that left 14 Americans dead.It appears that investigators may have located some: Divers recovered items from a lake in San Bernardino, Calif., where a couple who killed 14 at a nearby regional center Dec. 2 possibly dumped evidence on the day of their shooting spree, according to various media accounts,…Divers began searching the lake Thursday, and some items were recovered before the search concluded Saturday, but the FBI did not reveal...
  • Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

    05/19/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the text of that flyer. In case you are interested, I provide it in PDF format here: Considering Cremation?Some years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional...
  • Biton Family: Adelle Will be Buried in Her Hometown

    02/17/2015 3:23:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/15 | Yoni Kempinski
    Four-year-old Adelle Biton, who passed away following a rapid deterioration in her condition due to a bout with pneumonia, will be buried in her hometown of Yakir in Samaria, the family announced on Tuesday night. The Biton family said that the funeral will take place on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., despite the difficulties imposed by the Civil Administration, which denied the request to bury Adelle in Yakir, citing the lack of a master plan for a cemetery in a 20 dunam area set aside by the Shomron Regional Council. Adelle was critically wounded in March 2013, when the family car...
  • Texas Ebola Death Highlights Burial Warnings by CDC

    10/08/2014 9:52:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 8, 2014 | By LIZ NEPORENT
    Now that Thomas Eric Duncan is the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., the delicate question arises of how to safely dispose of his remains. Handling and transportation should be kept to a minimum and an autopsy should be avoided unless absolutely essential. The body should not be washed or cleaned in any way and should be wrapped in plastic to prevent contamination. Following the removal of the body, the hospital room should be thoroughly disinfected. So long as the body is safely shrouded in plastic, any transport drivers do not need to wear protective gear. Once...
  • What were the Rituals Associated with Death and Burial in Jesus’ Day?

    08/21/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Jewish people took the burial of the dead quite seriously; it was the way a community paid its last respects to the one who died. The Scriptures laid down quite firmly that no dead body was to be left unburied—even that of one’s worst enemy. Perhaps one of the stronger horrors that a Jewish person could imagine was stated in Psalm 78: They have thrown the bodies of thy servants as food for the birds of heaven; wild beast feast on the corpses of the just.The dead, therefore, had a right to ceremonial care. As soon as a...
  • Alabama man loses battle to keep wife buried in his front yard

    11/15/2013 3:43:01 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 15, 2013 | Verna Gates
    An Alabama man lost his fight on Friday to keep his wife buried in the front yard of the home they shared for decades. The remains of Patsy Davis, who died in 2009, were removed from the unusual grave in Stevenson, Alabama on Friday morning.
  • Medical Examiner May Not Bury Bodies of Babies Gosnell Killed for 10 Years

    08/26/2013 5:33:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger, Steven Ertelt
    A coalition of pro-life groups gathered in Philadelphia Sunday evening to call on the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office to release to them the remains of 47 aborted babies found at Kermit Gosnell’s squalid abortion clinic so that the babies can have the dignity of a proper funeral and burial. Gosnell was convicted earlier this year of three counts of first degree murder for intentionally severing the spinal cords of late-term babies that had been born alive during abortions. The remains of the babies were discovered in a filthy freezer in the rat-and-flea-infested basement of a brick building on Lancaster Avenue...
  • Last battle for Richard III as burial plans disputed in court

    08/16/2013 6:49:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 16, 2013 | Estelle Shirbon
    Descendants of Richard III won a court battle on Friday over where to bury the medieval monarch, whose bones were found under a car park last year, but were urged not to embark on a legal version of the Wars of the Roses in which the king died. In one of the most remarkable archaeological finds in English history, a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine was formally identified as Richard's remains by DNA testing in February this year. Depicted by William Shakespeare as a deformed tyrant who murdered his two young nephews to strengthen his grip...
  • Mandela is NOT dead, yet his family fights for burial rights

    06/28/2013 3:52:33 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 37 replies ^ | Saturday, June 29, 2013 | Rediff
    As Nelson Mandela fights for his life in hospital, his relatives are pitted against each other in a legal battle, reportedly over where members of the family should be buried. Sixteen members of the Mandela family have brought an urgent application to a regional court, reportedly to force Mandela's grandson Mandla to return remains of family members to a plot in the ancestral village where Mandela has said he wants to be buried. Mandla, a local chief in nearby Mvezo, had exhumed the remains of three of Mandela's children in Qunu in 2011 and brought them to his village, allegedly...
  • Uncle: Marathon bombing suspect buried in Virginia (Doswell)

    05/10/2013 10:49:14 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 68 replies
    WRKO ^ | 5/10/13 | Eric Tucker & Denise Lavoie
    <p>BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a cemetery in Virginia with the help of a faith coalition, his uncle said Friday.</p> <p>The secret burial this week ended a frustrating search for a community willing to take the body, which had been kept at a funeral parlor in Worcester, Mass., as cemeteries in Massachusetts and several other states refused to accept the remains.</p>
  • Catholics in Italy Told Ashes of Dead Cannot be Scattered

    04/03/2012 11:25:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/30/12 | David Kerr
    Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2012 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in Italy has issued new guidelines that rule out scattering the cremated remains of a person or the keeping them in an urn at home. “Cremation is considered as concluded when the urn is deposited in the cemetery,” says the appendix to the new edition of Funeral Rites issued by Italian Episcopal Conference. “The practice of spreading ashes in the wild or keeping them in places other than the cemetery,” it adds, “raises many concerns about its full consistency with the Christian faith, especially when they imply...
  • A View to Die For – 32 Story High Rise Cemetery

    12/17/2011 3:10:35 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 16, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is no surprise to learn that, as land values continue to rise, space for cemeteries gets scarce. I have seen more and more mausoleums be built at the local cemeteries, and they are getting taller as the years go on. But the picture to the right really takes the concept to new heights! The picture is The Memorial NecrĂłpole EcumĂŞnica III, a vertical cemetery in Santos, Brazil. It is the worldÂ’s tallest cemetery, with burial spaces on 32 floors. ThereÂ’s also a restaurant, chapel, lagoon and peacock garden. It has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in...
  • NTC says Gaddafi buried in secret grave

    10/25/2011 1:59:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | October 25th 2011 | Staff
    Burial of deposed Libyan leader, his son Mutassim and an ex-aide marked by prayers offered by his tribe, sources say. Libya's National Transitional Council has buried Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim and a former aide at a secret location in the desert at dawn, sources tell Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera's correspondent on the ground reported, quoting an NTC source, that all three were buried on Tuesday and members of Gaddafi's tribe said prayers to mark the burial. The bodies had been moved late on Monday from a commercial freezer in a warehouse area of Misrata in anticipation of burial, according...
  • Why Illinois Can't Afford its Poor Dead

    08/11/2011 11:49:18 PM PDT · by sinanju · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Chicago (hat tip: Drudge) ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Pat Quinn, Michael Madigan
    In the past, the state has reserved about $13 million to help pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid. Participating funeral homes were alloted $1,100 for funerals and $552 for the burial. (snip) "Now the only viable option --- I don't mean to make light of it -- is to leave the body at the medical examiner office," Szykowny said. "After 60 to 90 days they'll take the body to what's called a potter's field and bury it in a numbered grave."
  • NY tells pet cemeteries to stop taking in humans

    06/11/2011 12:59:17 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    AP via ^ | 6/10/11 | Jim Fitzgerald
    HARTSDALE — A state agency has told New York's animal cemeteries to stop burying the ashes of pet owners alongside their beloved cats, dogs and parakeets. The order from New York's Division of Cemeteries comes as a growing number of Americans are deciding to share their final resting place with their pets.
  • White House Releases Official Picture of Bin Laden Burial

    05/11/2011 1:12:28 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 11, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Al-Qaeda confirms Bin Laden is dead, vows revenge

    05/06/2011 1:05:25 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 43 replies
    ISLAMABAD, May 6 : Al Qaeda confirmed Osama Bin Laden was dead on Friday, dispelling some of the fog around the killing of the “holy warrior,” and vowed to mount more attacks on the West. The announcement by the Islamist network, which promised to publish a taped message from Bin Laden soon, appeared likely to silence doubts expressed by some that he had died at all. In a statement online, it said Bin Laden’s blood “is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain.” Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam burn a...
  • Obama skipped Memorial Day visit to Arlington, but shows respect to Bin Laden's corpse

    05/06/2011 1:39:25 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 19 replies
    President Obama skipped the the traditional Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery last year, a move that dismayed veterans of the armed forces who felt he was disrespecting America's dead soldiers. Nevertheless, Obama told 60 Minutes that the decision to give Osama Bin Laden a proper burial according to Islamic law was made out of respect to the late Al Qaeda chief's corpse. - VIDEO
  • Obama on Bin Laden’s burial: Respectful treatment of remains is something that makes us different

    05/05/2011 6:26:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/05/2011 | Allahpundit
    That’s super, but it’s also a dodge. Bin Laden wasn’t given a dignified burial replete with Islamic rituals so that Americans could high-five each other over their moral superiority to Al Qaeda. The reason he got better than he deserved aboard the carrier is that O and his team aren’t sure how wide the backlash would be in the Middle East if OBL’s remains were desecrated. Jihadis and their Islamist enablers would be outraged, but their outrage and calls for revenge were already priced into the decision to kill him. The real fear was that the humiliation of a devout...
  • Unofficial release of Usama Bin Laden at-sea-burial photo from US Navy.

    05/05/2011 9:04:56 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 36 replies
    05 MAY 2001 | dcbryan1
    Uh oh....looks like some Navy squids took a picture of bin Laden being buried at sea!
  • Pardon my Cynicism

    05/03/2011 8:10:02 PM PDT · by publius321 · 13 replies
    Pardon me for being cynical in the midst of the adulation for Barack Obama but I find it amazing how lefties love the military when one of their own controls it. If Bush were President right now, the left Democrats would be accusing him of “war crimes” for killing bin Laden without a trial. To contend... (continued)
  • Bin Ladin Spill worst thing to ever happen to our oceans

    05/03/2011 8:07:34 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 12 replies
    Rancor News ^ | 04/03/11 | Tyson Bam
    Barely a year after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the gulf our oceans are facing an even greater threat to their survival and our own. Countless barrels of rage, fanaticism and hate were poured into the ocean Monday as Osama Bin Laden was dumped into the ocean. This came just hours after Osama's final act on earth, using a woman as a meat shield in a US raid of his compound in Pakistan. A consensus is forming that Bin Laden may be the most dangerous pollutant ever introduced into the already tumultuous and unpredictable oceans. The sea has...
  • Despite DNA evidence, some doubt bin Laden really dead

    05/02/2011 8:57:48 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 111 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 2, 2011 | Matea Gold, Eryn Brown and David S. Cloud
    Within hours of the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound, the CIA had used 21st technology to get "a virtually 100 percent DNA match" on the dead man. But something out of another century may come back to haunt the United States: the al-Qaida leader's burial at sea. Conspiracy theorists on the left and right were quick to insist bin Laden was either still alive or had been dead for years, pouncing on the government's decision to slide the body of the world's most wanted man off a board into the Arabian Sea. The burial at sea largely followed...
  • US treating Osama bin Laden's body in "accordance with Islamic practice"

    05/02/2011 7:21:42 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 74 replies
    Politico ^ | May 2, 2011 | MATT NEGRIN
    The United States is treating Osama bin Laden's body in "accordance with Islamic practice," a White House official says. President Obama announced Sunday night that American forces killed bin Laden in Pakistan and that they took his body afterward. He said no Americans were harmed in the fight. Asked how bin Laden's body will be treated, a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call that "we are ensuring that is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition." The official, who refused to be identified, said the matter is "something that we take very seriously, and so, therefore,...
  • Arlington Burial Planned for Last ‘Doughboy’ Frank Buckles

    03/11/2011 3:31:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 – America will pay its respects to its last World War I veteran March 15, as former Army Cpl. Frank Buckles is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, talks with Frank Buckles, then age 107, the last known U.S. World War I veteran, during a Pentagon ceremony March 6, 2008. Buckles was honored during the ceremony, which included the unveiling an exhibit of veterans' portraits by photographer David DeJonge. DOD photo by R.D. Ward   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Buckles -- the last of the more than 5 million...
  • Burial at sea fails when body surfaces

    09/14/2010 11:20:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 71 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2010 | Robert Nolin
    FORT LAUDERDALE — A burial in his beloved sea was the wish of Daniel Scott Lasky, who died last week at his home in Hickory, N.C. But his family's efforts to comply with that wish led to a fisherman's startling discovery and sent homicide investigators scrambling to solve the mystery of a body at sea. Lasky, a 48-year-old grocery worker, died of Lou Gehrig's disease on Sept. 8. The next day his family packed his body in dry ice, loaded it into a van and drove to Fort Lauderdale, where Lasky once vacationed. After stopping overnight in Daytona Beach, the...
  • WWI troops found in mass grave reburied in France (Photos)

    07/19/2010 8:36:18 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 5 replies
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | 07/19/2010 | JENNY BARCHFIELD
    <p>FROMELLES, France – The remains of a World War I soldier left in a mass grave for more than 90 years were moved by four-horse cart to a new cemetery for reburial with full honors Monday in a ceremony attended by Prince Charles, relatives and high-ranking government officials.</p>
  • Mich. sailor who died in Pearl Harbor laid to rest

    06/13/2010 11:43:20 AM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 638+ views
    AP Via Chicago Tribune ^ | June 13, 2010 | AP
    HANCOCK, Mich. — A Michigan sailor whose remains were identified nearly 70 years after he died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been laid to rest in his home state. More than 130 friends and relatives of U.S. Navy Fireman Third Class Gerald G. Lehman filled a Hancock church Saturday for the funeral. Lehman was later buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton. Lehman's nephew, John Herres, called his uncle's return home for burial "a joyous day." Herres was six years old when his uncle died at age 18 when Japanese planes sank the USS Oklahoma on Dec....
  • Report Shows Mass Burial of Dead in Trenches Outside Haiti's Capital City - Video 1/22/10

    01/23/2010 5:06:58 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 677+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 23, 2010 | Brian
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Here is video of CNN's Brian Todd showing how the thousands of bodies in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti are being buried in trenches outside the city, along with earthquake debris. Todd went to the site where dump trucks are seen dumping loads of debris that also include bodies of people who died in the Earthquake. One worker said as many as 6,000 dead had been buried at that site in a single day, but it is difficult to even know how many are being buried. A report like this leaves you speechless. The horror of what Haiti is...
  • Colonial-era skull to get military burial in Conn.

    11/25/2009 8:45:57 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 698+ views
    hosted ^ | Nov 25
    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Colonial-era skull believed to belong to a Revolutionary War soldier is set to be reburied in Connecticut with full military honors. The unidentified skull was discovered in the 1840s when railroad tracks were being laid near where 46 soldiers died of smallpox. British troops had captured the soldiers in 1776 and abandoned them by what is now Milford Cemetery. Experts have determined the skull belonged to a man of European descent who was between 25 and 35 years old....
  • Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse

    11/04/2009 8:25:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 439+ views
    NPR ^ | 11/05/09 | QUIL LAWRENCE
    Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse by QUIL LAWRENCE EnlargeJoseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images A tomb at the cemetery of Najaf in 2008. The Wadi al-Salam, or Valley of Peace, in Najaf is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Millions of Shiite Muslims over the centuries have been brought here for burial from all over the world. text sizeAAANovember 4, 2009 Iraqi and U.S. officials have expressed concerns about the traffic of weapons and drugs across the country's porous borders, but there is also an older and more surprising commodity being smuggled into Iraq — cadavers. For centuries,...
  • In 1809, a bizarre burial for a 'mad' general

    10/24/2009 9:08:53 AM PDT · by Saije · 21 replies · 1,638+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 10/24/2009 | Marylynne Pitz
    As American colonists battled for independence, Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne captured a British fort in New York at midnight, earning a reputation as a brilliant strategist in the chaos of battle. George Washington rode on horseback to congratulate him in person. Soldiers who noticed his reckless bravery gave him his nickname. Later, the fiery leader trained a fearsome army outside of Pittsburgh in 1792, conquered the Indians and negotiated a treaty with them so the Northwest Territory could be settled.*** After he died at age 51 from an attack of gout, his body rested for 12 years in an oak...
  • Number of Unclaimed Bodies Increases as Families Can’t Afford Burials

    10/10/2009 2:46:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies · 1,306+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 10, 2009 | Katie Zezima
    Coroners and medical examiners across the country are reporting spikes in the number of unclaimed bodies and indigent burials, with states, counties and private funeral homes having to foot the bill when families cannot. The increase comes as governments short on cash are cutting other social service programs, with some municipalities dipping into emergency and reserve funds to help cover the costs of burials or cremations. Oregon, for example, has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of unclaimed bodies over the past few years, the majority left by families who say they cannot afford services. “There are more...
  • A Simple Place for a Simple Man

    09/25/2009 8:30:11 AM PDT · by M203M4 · 1 replies · 375+ views ^ | 11/05/2007 | Ann Coppola
    Simple place for a simple man By Ann Coppola, News Reporter Published: 11/05/2007 The nondescript setting that is Point Lookout Cemetery seems fitting for those who rest here. Austere columns support a wired arch above its entrance that holds the word “cemetery” in large white letters. They match the stark, cross-shaped grave markers, which tell nothing of those buried beneath them. Perhaps there is no story to be told for the dead here, but for Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates this facility's cemetery still serves as a symbol of dignity. Of Angola’s 5,000 inmates, 90 percent are expected to die in...
  • What Really Happened At Behesht Zahra Cemetery On The Nights Of July 13-15? Iran night burials

    08/29/2009 12:01:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | None stated
    In this blog post, the author, who says he/she is the child of a Behesht Zahra cemetery worker, writes about reports of the secret burials of many victims of Iran's postelection violence: I am a student and my mother is an employee at the cemetery. Our financial situation isn’t good and all of us are loyal supporters of [Iranian President Mahmud] Ahmadinejad. (You may judge this as you wish!) Even though I am aware that he has won the presidency through a fraudulent election, it is because of Ahmadinejad's government that cemetery employees can own a house after so many...
  • Jackson burial moved to September 3

    08/21/2009 11:52:35 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies · 905+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/21/09
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The date of the funeral for pop legend Michael Jackson has been changed to September 3, the singer's spokesman said Friday. Jackson originally was scheduled to be laid to rest August 29, on what would have been his 51st birthday.
  • Jackson Family Feud: Where Will Michael Be Buried?

    07/10/2009 1:12:38 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies · 1,680+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2009
    Michael Jackson's family is locked in a stubborn battle over what to do with the King of Pop's remains — a dispute that highlights decades of feuding. In 2002, Jackson completed a will leaving his estate to his children and granting custody of the kids — Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and “Blanket,” 7 — to his mother. But it appears Jackson did not stipulate his wishes for the disposition of his remains. In accordance with California law, if Jackson did not provide clear, specific directions for burial, control over his remains would go to his next of kin...
  • Michael Jackson Reportedly Will Be Buried in Muslim Traditions

    07/03/2009 5:39:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 71 replies · 5,722+ views
    Ace show biz ^ | 7-1-09 | unattributed
    A source close to the Jacksons has exclusively revealed to X17 Online that family will likely have a traditional Muslim burial for late Michael Jackson. "The family is considering following the Muslim burial traditions because they believe Michael would have wanted to be laid to rest in keeping with his new-found religious beliefs," says the source. "Michael's brother Jermaine is educating the family as to the special rites because he feels it's important to bury his brother according to the Muslim way," adds the source. Despite earlier reports that both public and private memorial services for the late music performer...
  • The Most Humiliating Burial Method

    06/26/2009 10:20:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies · 1,845+ views
    livescience ^ | 23 June 2009
    There are a lot of ways to dispose of humans when they die. There's the whole mummy thing, which is relatively mundane compared to some of the weird ways on our Top 10 list (including burials in trees, on ships and the latest fad: plastination and display). Meanwhile, green deaths are on the rise. But this may be the most humiliating: Face down burial. Apparently the custom has been used in many societies in history to disrespect or humiliate the dead, a new study finds. It's been used on criminals, war prisoners and simply those lacking social status, researchers concluded.
  • Tucson woman to honor mate's Navy service in burial at sea

    06/20/2009 11:19:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 1,242+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    For the past month, Emma Ramirez has been sleeping with her late husband. Each night, she tucks the urn full of his ashes into the bed they shared and talks to him in her dreams. Saying goodbye is harder than she imagined. But when her grief wanes, the Tucson woman plans to have her mate buried at sea as a tribute to his years of Navy service. "I know he would be honored," Ramirez, 58, said of her husband, Francisco M. Ramirez, a retired chief petty officer who died on May 15 at age 99. The Ramirezes are among a...
  • “Entitled to a Christian burial” (Abortionist)

    03/26/2009 6:13:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 171 replies · 2,202+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | March 26, 2009 | staff
    A priest who serves as a spokesman for San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes and as pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Palm Desert delivered a eulogy a week ago today at the funeral of one of California’s most infamous abortionists. Fr. Howard Lincoln, who describes himself as “an extremely pro-life priest,” delivered a eulogy as part of a 15-minute “service" he gave at the Ramon Chapel of Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cathedral City for Dr. Joseph Durante, one of the state’s most notorious abortionists. Durante died on Friday, March 13, at the age of 80. Fr. Lincoln told California Catholic...
  • GUARD OF HONOR ("Taking Chance") HBO tonight

    02/21/2009 9:25:23 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 20, 2009 | Dorothy Rabinowitz
    * TELEVISION * FEBRUARY 19, 2009, 8:46 P.M. ET GUARD OF HONOR By DOROTHY RABINOWITZ It was impossible to imagine, beforehand, all the ways a film like "Taking Chance" (Saturday, 8-9:30 p.m. EST, on HBO) could work its power. There are no conflicts, no warring sides, no mysteries of character -- the usual stuff of drama. The story's outcome is clear from the beginning. Yet it's no less clear that "Taking Chance" is not only high drama, but a kind that is, in the most literal way, breathtaking -- watching parts of it can make breathing an effort, and those...
  • Sailor spreads ashes of grandfather who survived USS Indianapolis tragedy

    10/31/2008 6:17:18 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 16 replies · 814+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10/31/08
    YOKOSUKA, Japan - When the submarine USS Ohio surfaced at sea and Machinist Mate 1st Class Jason Witty emerged from the hatch to look around, he saw calm, blue water under a peaceful sky — perfect for the solemn task he was about to perform. On the map, the Ohio was afloat in just another indistinguishable expanse of the Pacific Ocean. As Witty stood on deck holding a silver pitcher, the vessel was alone. Just like the ill-fated USS Indianapolis, 63 years earlier.
  • Britain: Bodies of the dead not being buried(no money for burial due to credit crunch)

    10/12/2008 9:35:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 610+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/12/08 | Glen Owen
    Bodies of the dead not being buried in echo of Winter of Discontent as effects of credit crunch spread across Britain By Glen Owen Last updated at 1:24 AM on 12th October 2008 The spectre of the Winter of Discontent threatened to return to haunt Labour last night after funeral directors revealed that the burial of 'hundreds' of bodies is being delayed for financial reasons. In a bleak new sign of the growing economic crisis, hard-up families are having to wait more than two months before receiving Government money for funerals. Organisations representing undertakers accused the Government of putting them...
  • Stepdad can't be buried on a Saturday - he's not Muslim

    09/24/2008 11:59:47 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 20 replies · 1,836+ views
    Sheffield Telegraph ^ | 24 September 2008 | Sarah Dunn
    A GRIEVING family from Sheffield have been told they can't bury their stepfather on a Saturday - because he was not Muslim. Retired steel erector Harold "Charlie" Lemaire, from Woodseats, died last week aged 75 from pneumonia. His stepdaughter Jean Maltby, from Greenhill, wanted the funeral to be held this Saturday so family who live outside the city - including her brother Stephen, now living in Dorset, and relatives from the Isle of Man - could attend. But when her funeral director called City Road Cemetery to arrange a memorial service in the chapel followed by burial, he was told...