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The Facts of Death (VIDEOS)

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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2011

What happens when you die? Not to your soul, but to your body. Everyone has been to a funeral, but how did the dear departed get there and where does she go? I produced, directed, and wrote this one-hour documentary that aired on PBS stations around 1993. The spine of the show is following a person through the process from the time she is picked up by the funeral directors, to embalming, to getting her prepared for the funeral, the funeral, and the burial. Along the way we hear from funeral directors, historians, and experts on death and dying from around the country.

See all videos on YouTube:

The Facts of Death - Part 1 of 6 (Duration 7:08)

The Facts of Death - Part 2 of 6 (Duration 9:32)

The Facts of Death - Part 3 of 6 (Duration 8:36)

The Facts of Death - Part 4 of 6 (Duration 10:28)

The Facts of Death - Part 5 of 6 (Duration 7:25)

The Facts of Death - Part 6 of 6 (Duration 10:51)

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:43 )

Planning a Funeral?

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Huffington Post (UK)
Jan 19, 2013

Why Information Is Power

One thing we all have in common: we're going to die. We won't all get married, have children or see Niagara Falls. But every single one of us will die. Yet the vast majority of us only think about death when we have to.

And what's the first thing we do when it happens? We head to the high street and walk into the first funeral director's we can find. We follow their instructions. We take their advice without question. Most of us leave it at that. We don't seek a second opinion. We don't read books on the subject or scour the Internet.

Now let's compare that with death's great friend, birth - the only other experience we all have in common.

Read the full article at Huffington Post (UK)

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.


Formaldehyde in Soil

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Formaldehyde is widely present in the environment, as a result of natural processes and from man-made sources.  Most of the formaldehyde enters the atmosphere, where it is rapidly degraded by photolysis and photo-oxidation by hydroxyl radicals.  Formaldehyde in soil [i.e., cemeteries] and water is also biodegraded in a relatively short time.  In water, one pathway of degradation is rapid hydration to methylene glycol.

Formaldehyde is toxic for several aquatic organisms, but its ready biodegradability, low bioaccumulation, and the ability of organisms to metabolize it indicate that the impact of formaldehyde on the aquatic environment is limited, except in the case of major pollution.  Similar considerations apply to the atmosphere and the terrestrial environment where hazards will only occur when massive discharges or releases lead to major local pollution.  The non-persistence of formaldehyde means that effects will not be permanent.

The main feature in the prevention of hazards for the environment is the control of the emissions, release, and disposal of formaldehyde.

Read the full report at WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 January 2013 14:22 )

Environmental Impact of Death

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RESOURCES: SevenPonds Blog

Learn about your choices when deciding your or a loved one's disposition and how it impacts the environment.

Things to Know
What is the environmental impact of “traditional” burial?
What is the environmental impact of embalming?
What is the environmental impact of cremation?
How much vaporized mercury is released through cremation?
How can I reduce the environmental impact of my cremation?
Are there any alternative forms of disposition?
What about Natural or Green Burial?

Read the full article at SevenPonds Blog


Death---It's a Living

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CNBC is airing the hour-long documentary "Death, It's a Living," on Thursday, January 31 (check your local listings). FCA executive director Josh Slocum is interviewed as a critic of the funeral industry. The piece looks at embalming, funeral trade shows, cremation, cemeteries, and more. A two-minute preview shows what looks like a pretty entertaining hour of TV. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:33 )

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