A tangle of rules govern what to do when a California inmate dies.
If no one claims the remains of cult leader and killer Charles Manson, it's unclear what will happen to his body. Will it find an anonymous California grave or face dissection in an anatomy lab?
Day of the dead at a Mexican cemetery.
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Many in the Western world lack the explicit mourning rituals that help people deal with loss. On Day of the Dead, two scholars describe ancient mourning practices.
An illustrated depiction of a scene of Lincoln lying in state.
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Dying in America 200 years ago was a simply family affair, devoid of pomp. The US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's embrace of embalming changed everything.
‘Green burials’ that use biodegradable coffins or lessen the environmental impact in other ways are on the rise.
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Although 'Game of Thrones' -style funeral pyres are still out of bounds, Americans are increasingly turning to cheaper, greener and more meaningful ways to dispose of their loved ones' bodies.
Commemorations to honour those who have donated their bodies for the study of anatomy not only contain symbolic objects like candles and flowers, but also song and online tributes.
We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
Watching the watchers.
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Online memorial services mean more can mourn.
A recent study has highlighted the need for tighter regulation within the funeral industry.
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Regulation of funeral products needs to be consistent to improve consumer understanding and choice.
Thankfully, defleshing bones has fallen out of fashion.
Death of the salesmen.
A failure to innovate could mean the death of the traditional industry.
From the basics of corpse disposal to why your wishes don't actually count.
Traditional song and dance at a Torajan funeral.
Death rituals help us to cope with loss and perhaps even feelings of guilt associated with disposing of a corpse.
Viking funerals remain shrouded in mystery.
Why an intrepid trio went to the Isle of Eigg armed with Viking shields and poetry to recreate a funeral ceremony from 1000 years ago.
It’s green – but is it good for the environment?
My mother died recently and at the funeral home I was asked if I had any ideas what kind of coffin she would like. For some reason I said something environmentally friendly. These words came out of my…
The cost of funerals is rising in Australia as the industry becomes more corporatised.
What’s the first thing you are told to do when a loved one dies? If they die in a medical or residential care institution, which happens in more than 85% of cases in Australia, a funeral director is your…