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Olivia Clark Lives One Hour, Taxed $50 for Death; King County (WA) Says It Needs the Money (Video)

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Seattle Weekly
Tue, Jan 11 2011

While you were busy living, the King County Medical Examiner's office was quietly adding $50 to your tab for dying. As John Eric Rolfstad says of the cash-strapped county's new death tax, "This is clearly a case of trying to balance the budget on the backs of the bereaved." The executive director of People's Memorial Association, which specializes in cremations, notes there was already a $50 tax on cremations, but as of January 1 the county extended it to burials as well. Among the first hit with the tax was a baby who lived merely one hour.
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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? .....

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