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A man identified only as Viktor shows his neighbor’s grave in Bucha, Ukraine. It was too dangerous to go to the cemetery. Jana Cavojska/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

How burying the dead keeps the living human

Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.
A community drive-thru distribution centre in Vallejo, California in June 2020. John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Why so many Americans are struggling to feed themselves

This is a transcript of episode 16 of The Conversation Weekly podcast The racial hunger gap in American cities and what do about it. In this episode, we look at some of the reasons behind racial disparities…
When a life ends, those who remain deal with the body. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

When someone dies, what happens to the body?

A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.
Most of the major cemeteries in Australian cities, including Sydney’s Waverley Cemetery, date back to the 1800s. Kate Ryan

Housing the dead: what happens when a city runs out of space?

Most big city cemeteries in Australia date back to the 1800s, so we need to consider our burial options before we reach the point when the number of deaths exceeds the available cemetery plots.

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