Science and Sensibility

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The above article reports on a sad circumstance related to body donation. Many people contemplate it for their own body as part of their estate planning. But this article sensationally reports a different time and different circumstance, but nonetheless sad and grief ridden for their relatives. The study of human anatomy has a long and […]

Funeral flare ups

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Wheels screeching, gravel dust at church door, engine revving ready to go, car door flung open, a quick dash down the church aisle, urn snatched, stunned onlookers. True story relayed to us by priest in the moments after the incident. There are more civil ways to resolve a funeral dispute, especially ones that don’t involve […]

Learning to Live from the Dying

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It is natural that when we lose someone, our grief is focused on death, the loss, the pain. But what if our loved one’s death became an inspiration on how to live life, really live life? This extract is from an author who watched her husband slowly die while deeply saddened. It was the way […]

Funeral Farewell

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The Spanish flu killed so many, not only did they run out of coffins, they ran out of wood for the coffins. The Spanish Flu took millions of lives and with it many of the traditions of the well established Victorian Funeral rituals, such as funeral processions. And so too, it seems, the Covid-19 pandemic […]

SPIRITUALISM SPIKE

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Why Did So Many Victorians Try to Speak with the Dead? When confronted with trauma of the kind Covid presents, it is natural to want to make sense of the death and devastation around us. This it seems is the catalyst for a surge in seances, speaking with the dead and other acts of spiritualism, […]

Pooch Power in the search for Perpetual life.

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A move by Silicon Valley to take fringe life extension experimentation mainstream using man’s best friend as the testing base for longevity drugs. Would you put your beloved pooch up for this project for the potential to extend their life?  About 30,000 American dog owners have.  To learn more see this link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-24/if-dogs-live-longer-with-anti-aging-science-humans-could-too

Death Doulas

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Confronting scenes of bodies lying in corridors, vans, and fields.  These are the images of a global pandemic taking the lives of millions.  It has many of us all thinking of our own mortality and how we might approach our end of life.  This article explores the growing service of death doulas and death cafes. […]