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Inside a Home Funeral. Preparing a body for burial is a ritual that is both ageless and tribal. Here’s what it’s like.

On the 1st May 1947 23yr old Evelyn McHale jumped 86 floors from the top of the Empire State Building. Her suicide note said: 'My fiance asked me to marry him in June but I don't think I would make a good wife for anyone. He is much better off without me. Tell my father I have too many of my mother's tendencies. I don't want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family don't have any service or remembrance for me.'

If you'd rather not contribute to big funeral business, and the idea of being eaten by worms grosses you out, maybe you should get this Mushroom Death Suit. The mushrooms ensure your body is decomposed before the worms can get to you.

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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…

infographic on evolution of death rituals throughout history

A directory of all Green Burial Sites in the United States, with a brief overview of green burial.

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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