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Should we celebrate death? (VIDEO)

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NHS Local
National Health Service (UK)
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The Mexicans have a national holiday (Día de los Muertos) in November to celebrate the lives of people who have died. They believe that a more open society which talks about and celebrates death leads to a healthier society. Elizabeth Baquedano, lecturer in Aztec Archealogy at the University of London explains how the Mexicans don't fear death, they celebrate it.
See the video [7 min 7 sec] at NHS Local
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 February 2011 14:22 )

MONEYWISE: Cutting funeral arrangement costs

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Los Angeles CA
Feb 15, 2011

When a loved one dies suddenly and there's no funeral plan in place, orchestrating a funeral can be a daunting task and an expensive undertaking for the family members or friends who step in. The average cost of a typical funeral is now $7,755, and that only covers the basics. Flowers, monuments, a gravesite and even the obituary are additional and can add thousands to the tab.

If individuals - alone or with family - engage in pre-planning, costs can be reduced and the family can focus on honoring their loved one, not just on details.
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A Doctor at the Funeral

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The New York Times
February 17, 2011
Many doctors express a desire to attend their patients’ funerals. But it can be nigh impossible to reschedule 20 patient appointments or rearrange a planned operation on the short notice that funerals typically offer. And beyond the logistical scheduling challenges lies an inner core of ambivalence; now that the medical care chapter has closed, we’re not quite sure how we fit into the patient’s life. We were so recently actively directing the medical care -- doing something -- and now we are the awkward bystanders, often abashed by the deference paid by families.
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 February 2011 20:36 ) Read more...

California Lawmaker Tries Again to Legalize Liquid Cremation After Safety Concerns Raised

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February 14, 2011

When a loved one dies, families typically are left with two options: burial or cremation.

A California lawmaker wants to give families a third option, which is being pitched as a "green alternative" to traditional cremation -- chemically dissolve the body, keep the powdery residue and pour the liquefied remains down the drain.

But the procedure, too graphic to describe, has had some trouble getting off the ground. Assemblyman Jeff Miller had to shelve his proposal last year after a visiting scientist pointed out that the process might not be as safe as advertised.
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Funeral Rites Of Ancient Times Part II

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February 14, 2011

If understanding about other people can be gained from observing their lives, it almost certainly can also be gained by observing the way they treat death. Perhaps our ancestors understood this better than us, having death so intimately close to nearly every minute of their lives. Modern medicine was not there to resuscitate the injured and war was an accepted, if not encouraged expectation.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 February 2011 17:12 )

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