Burial land is running low in certain parts of the world. It’s about time we started to consider the environmental cost of our final resting place.
A man identified only as Viktor shows his neighbor’s grave in Bucha, Ukraine. It was too dangerous to go to the cemetery.
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Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.
The objects buried with people provide important clues about their lives.
Cemeteries across the world, particularly in cities, are dealing with serious issues of overcrowding.
Death is a part of life: but environmentally harmful burial practices, overcrowded cemeteries and unaffordable funerals are denying many the right to a good death.
A community drive-thru distribution centre in Vallejo, California in June 2020.
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Virtual ideal reconstruction of Mtoto’s position in the burial pit.
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Burials seem to have been uncommon in Africa some 80,000 years ago, although they were widespread in Eurasia.
City cemeteries are fast running out of space, so researchers surveyed Australians and found many were quite open to the alternatives to traditional burials.
No lengthy viewing of the body, but no quick burial either.
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The former justice received a Jewish funeral at the Supreme Court. But in other ways, Ginsburg’s burial is breaking with traditional Jewish death rituals.
When a life ends, those who remain deal with the body.
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A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.
Charles Dickens in his study at Gad’s Hill Place in Kent, where he died in 1870.
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Dickens After Death, John Everett Millais, June 10 1870.
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How two ambitious men put their own interests ahead of the great writer and his family in an act of institutionally-sanctioned bodysnatching.
Artist’s impression of the proposed ceremonial space of the Recompose facility in Seattle.
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Composting burial could revolutionise bodily disposal in Australia. The need for a sustainable and affordable alternative to traditional burial practices is becoming increasingly urgent.
When the University of Cape Town discovered skeletons in its archive that had been unethically obtained and used, they set about restoring justice to the bones and the community they came from.
Aerial view of a proposed Burial Belt.
With space in our cemeteries running out, we could bury the dead in new forest developments that would bring green space to our urban areas.
The processing time for the government’s Funeral Expenses Payment is decreasing, but the costs related to a funeral are still high.
A scene from playwright Roy Williams’ modern adaptation of Antigone for the Pilot Theatre.
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A play written in the fifth century B.C. mirrors America’s current disunion: Political and moral views are framed in terms of a fight between patriot and traitor, law and conscience, and chaos and order.
The Turin mummy was deliberately preserved, not just desiccated by dry, hot sands.
A body in an Italian museum reveals that Egyptians living 1,500 or more years before the Pharaohs already knew how to preserve bodies.
Most of the major cemeteries in Australian cities, including Sydney’s Waverley Cemetery, date back to the 1800s.
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.
Death of the salesmen.
A failure to innovate could mean the death of the traditional industry.
A replica of a Homo naledi skull.
New evidence suggests that Homo naledi didn’t deliberately deposit their dead in a hidden chamber.