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Burial hands.The body of a one-year-old boy who died of dehydration is prepared for burial at Jalozai refugee camp.The child's family,originally from North Afghanistan,had sought refuge in Pakistan from political instability and the consequences of drought.The family gave the photographer permission to attend as they washed and wrapped his body in a white funeral shroud, according to Muslim tradition. In the overcrowded Jalozai camp of 80,000 refugees from Afghanistan endured squalid conditions.

Cremation is an eco-friendly option that provides an alternative to traditional burials. Unlike traditional burials, cremation results in no disturbed land. Discover some of the other advantages of cremation by checking out this infographic from a Chicago funeral home.

Owned by the City of New Orleans, Holt Cemetery was established in 1897 as a potter’s field for the poor. The agreement with the city is for the $ 450 cost of each burial, each funeral plot is free for a family to use as long as they want & as long as the holders maintain their own plot. A multiple burial is allowed after one year plus a day following the preceding burial. Because the water table in New Orleans is high, grave diggers only dig 4 ½ feet down.

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Dr. King's Children Viewing his Body for First Time at the Funeral, April, 1968 | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

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Because the funeral arrangements are so expensive, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin. During this time, the family accumulates the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral. Once the funds are raised, so is the dead. The Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site. What we are seeing depicted in the picture is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent site.

Queen Victoria died almost exactly 112 years ago. Here is her funeral procession at Windsor

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Advertising Photograph for a Funeral Home by Bruce Defries Photography, located in La Crosse, WI. www.brucedefriesp...

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