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Family grieves for murdered son, and now his accidental cremation

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The Times-Picayune
New Orleans
January 12, 2011

When Michelle Bias-Sullivan left her house in the Riverbend neighborhood last Tuesday night, her son Ralph Bias, 20, was playing a video game.

"I said, 'I'm going to bingo, Ralph. I'll be back,'" she said.

Those turned out to be her last words to him. He was killed the next day in a drive-by shooting on the Pontchartrain Expressway.

Organ Donors - The Last Gift

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January 10, 2011
Whether or not to become an organ donor is something most people will consider in their lifetimes. However, that decision may not always be made before death. At that point, it is left up to the family of the deceased.
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The Early Christian Way of Death

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Obit Magazine
December 21, 2010

Some 2,000 years ago, ... death itself was, if not always heroic, at least a communal event, very much influenced by environment and ancestry. The earliest Christians who began as Jews, for instance, tended to bury their dead swiftly, as had their forefathers. But they also adopted a fair number of practices of the ancient Romans, who honored their dead by gathering at a cemetery. There family mourners ate and drank, always making sure to leave a dining place for the recently departed.
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Giving the Bad News

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Obit Magazine
August 25, 2009
Let's imagine you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. And you have, say, just one or two years left to live. Or less. Do you want your physician to deliver the news to your face? And if so, when? And how? .....

A Full Measure of Devotion

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Obit Magazine
May 12, 2009

Would you, could you, say goodbye to a deceased family member by washing the body, laying it on a bed of dry ice - perhaps, like in old-timey Westerns, on the kitchen table right where the breakfast dishes were - gather the proper burial documents and dig a suitable hole?

More and more baby boomers in the United States are asking themselves that question lately, say members of the do-it-yourself (DIY) home funeral movement, which began about two decades ago.
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