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Whatever Happened To ... the embalmer who blew the whistle?

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The Washington Post
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Steven Napper had had enough, and in his case that meant he had seen too many bodies haphazardly placed in a Falls Church funeral home's garage, deceased veterans resting on racks for months awaiting burial, and practices that were generally disrespectful to the dead.

So the embalmer -- a retired Maryland state trooper -- chose to become a high-profile whistleblower, telling Virginia authorities about abuses he had witnessed within the nation's largest funeral services company.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 February 2011 07:10 )

Donating body can save families money

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The Indianapolis Star
Feb 8, 2011

On average, Indiana University's medical school has received about 240 donated bodies a year over the past few years -- about twice as many bodies as it did a decade ago... What accounts for the increase of bodies at a time when annual cadaver donations in many other states are either stagnant or on the decline? ... A lot of it can be traced to money.
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Preserving a Nation (History of U.S. Embalming)

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Obit Magazine
January 17, 2011

On May 24, 1861, Union Army Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth was shot and killed in Alexandria, Virginia, while trying to remove a Confederate flag from the roof of the Marshall House Hotel.  The unfortunate Ellsworth was also a lawyer who had a special relationship with the president of the United States.  He had clerked in Abraham Lincoln’s law office in Springfield, Illinois.  When he heard of the death, a distraught Lincoln asked the colonel’s regiment to bring his friend’s body to the White House for the funeral service.  By being so honored, the colonel was about to become part of a process that would alter the course of American mortuary history.

At the time, embalming was a relative rarity in the United States as well as a work much in progress.... All told, an estimated 40,000 of the approximately 650,000 soldiers who died in the conflict were embalmed.
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Stacking the Deck

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Obit Magazine
February 21, 2011

Go Fish is the first card game many of us learn to play. Go Wish could be the last.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 February 2011 22:21 ) Read more...

So what does happen to your digital assets after you die?

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The Digital Beyond
This is a simple question and we wish there was a simple answer. Unfortunately there isn’t a standard way that Internet users can expect service providers to handle their accounts after death.
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