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A woman lived with her husband's corpse for months

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A woman in Canada was sentenced yesterday for failing to alert authorities to her husband's death for weeks, possibly months. Her husband died of an untreated illness. The two were described by neighbors as "deeply religious" and chose not to seek medical attention, instead "believing God would cure him". Police found the man in an upstairs bedroom in a state of advanced decomposition. 

As "gross" and "icky" as this sounds and probably most certainly was, it is worth noting that the coroner who performed the autopsy, Jack Stanborough, reported that "There was nothing in the examination that would suggest . . . public health concerns".

Unfortunately, many funeral directors continue to perpetuate the myth of dead bodies and their disease-spreading potential in order to defend embalming as a necessary requirement for protecting the viewing public, or to make a case for restricting the rights of families desiring to care for their own dead.

Read more at Yahoo News Canada.

 
 

Houston Chronicle: Houston megacompany can't shake cemetery woes

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"One of the great successes of Service Corporation International: Many of its customers have never heard of it."

Funeral and Cemetery conglomerate, Service Corporation International, continues to be steeped in controversy, but the fines they pay to settle disputes do little to touch their billions. The Houston Chronicle has the story here.

 

NPR: As Planned, Right-To-Die Advocate Brittany Maynard Ends Her Life

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On Saturday November 3, Brittany Maynard, who recently brought the right-to-die debate back into the forefront, carried out plans to end her own life. The 29 year old had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. She died at home in Oregon. Read more at NPR.

 

The Atlantic: How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead

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"Going green" is gaining popularity in many aspects of our lives, including death. But what options offered to us truly have the smallest impact on the environment?

"(Cemeteries) are kind of like landfills for dead bodies,” says philosophy professor, Phil Olson, a board member of the FCA of the Virginia Blue Ridge

Read more at the Atlantic.

 


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