Some people are drawn to the idea of a natural burial to bring more of the dying ritual into their homes.
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Green burial is not a new concept, but it is gaining interest among consumers, and some religious groups are leading the way. A theologian explains what’s involved and who natural burials appeal to.
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.
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.
There was much more to mummification than material.
For the first time, scientific evidence has shown that prehistoric Egyptians experimented with techniques to preserve bodies around 4000BC, some 1,500 years before artificial mummification was believed…