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Can recycling humans always be justified?

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The Global Muckraker
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
July 26, 2012

Doctors uniformly agree that heart valves recovered from donor cadavers can save lives where mechanical valves or those from pig or cow do not help. Recovered corneas can restore sight. And recovered human skin can serve as an optimal dressing for severe burn injuries.

The benefits, however, aren't so clear when discussion turns to musculoskeletal tissues.

In Germany, a country renowned for having one of the best health care systems in the world, surgeons use bone, tendon or fascia implants less often than their U.S colleagues.

Take abdominal surgery, for example. In the United States, among other products, mesh made of recovered human skin is used for hernia repairs. German surgeons prefer synthetic mesh.

Read the full article at ICIJ


Funeral Rights Documentary Film (UK)

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Funeral Rights explores the increasing popularity for alternative funerals. The film presents the rising demand to turn away from traditional and conventional ceremonies, why many now are seeking the chance to take control of their own funeral ceremony and their final goodbye and exactly what alternative choices are available.

View all 7 video clips on YouTube


Of Sound Mind: Make Plans for Your Digital Estate

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ABA Journal
American Bar Association
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Today we have online financial accounts, bill payments, insurance and medical records, and much more. We own extensive libraries and collections of electronic books, movies, music and photos. Tax returns, important documents and other written material live on hard drives in digital form, often in several places, using naming and filing conventions survivors might not be able to decipher.

However, probate and other legal procedures still focus on the tangible world. In the context of our “digital estates,” what can traditional executors and trustees do?

Read the full article in the ABA Journal

Thanks to the DeathCare Discussion List for alerting us to this article.


USF students flock to 'Death and Dying' class

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Sarasota FL
July 2, 2012

Professor Kathy Black peppers each startled student enrolled in her University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee class with a single question on the first day: "How old will you be when you die, and what are you going to die of?"

Read the full article in the Herald-Tribune

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.


How to Avoid Fights Over Inheritance

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U.S.News & World Report
July 17, 2012

Experts say a will alone is insufficient to prevent family squabbles

An elderly woman on her deathbed has an estate worth $400,000. She has four children and a will stating that she wants each child to receive 25 percent of her assets after she dies.

The situation seems simple enough: The woman has a legal document in place—a will—that contains specifics on how she wants her estate to be passed along to her children. But according to estate-planning experts, this woman's death could kick off a long and expensive legal process that often turns ugly. Fights over inheritance can cause rifts in families that are sometimes impossible to heal, these experts say.

Read the full article in the U.S.News & World Report

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