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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 )

Unusual Funerals and Burials

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San Antonio Uncovered: Weird funerals

San Antonio TX
Feb 12, 2011

SAN ANTONIO - Have you ever thought about what's going to happen right after you die? Not whether you're going to the great beyond or wherever, but your funeral, burial or cremation? What you want at any services? How you want to be dressed? What kind of casket?

I discovered some weird - no, let's call them 'unique exits' - ways to go out in style that'll make you think, "Maybe I want to do that."
Read full article and see video [5 min 27 sec] at WOAI TV
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 February 2011 07:30 )

Postmortem on Frontline’s Post Mortem

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Death Reference Desk
Feb 10, 2011
Go Go Frontline. There are moments in this documentary on postmortem examinations in America and the attached medical-legal investigative personnel that made me physically groan.

Out loud.

And then slap my forehead.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 February 2011 17:42 ) Read more...

Saving Money on Funerals

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The Family Plot Blog
Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die
February 8, 2011
The Canton Repository (Ohio) just ran two articles about how to save money on funerals. The stories about funeral planning ran in their newspaper on Sunday, February 6, 2011, and these articles appeared online yesterday. Yours truly was quoted, along with Joshua Slocum, executive director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance.

Here are the first few paragraphs of each article. Click on the headline to read the whole story.

* Final Arrangements - Looking to Save to The Very End?

* You Have Options When Buying a Casket
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