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Poetry on Death, Dying, Joy, Celebration of Life

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Creston End-of-Life Project
No. 21: Cremation, Robinson Jeffers
It nearly cancels my fear of death, my dearest said,
When I think of cremation. To rot in the earth
Is a loathsome end, but to roar up in flames-besides, I am used to it.
I have flamed with love or fury so often in my life,
No wonder my body is tired, no wonder it is dying.
We had great joy of my body. Scatter the ashes.
Read all 28 poems at Creston End-of-Life Project

Traditional Funeral Cost-Cutting Tip: Avoid Packages Part I

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Funeral Consumer Advocate
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Anyone researching funerals these days, especially with the corporations, will be quickly directed toward so-called packages. There are the "basic" packages and those with all sorts of "extras" included.
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Body-donor firms market their mission to the living

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The Arizona Republic
May 15, 2011
Tissue banks are a burgeoning industry, soliciting donors for tissues and organs provided to drug firms, medical-device manufacturers, universities and hospitals for a fee.

Those companies compete with other groups that also use donated bodies. Research institutes, often based at universities or large hospitals, typically sign up donors and conduct their own research on donated bodies. Medical schools - the traditional recipients of bodies "donated to science" - use cadavers to train future doctors.

The increased competition for body donors has institutions of all types discreetly selling themselves to the living.
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 June 2011 07:46 )

An Ancient Green Cemetery

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Full Life, Good Death
Thursday, May 5, 2011
As Becky and I approach Kerameikos, we know it is different from the other archeological sites we had visited in Greece. It is the land that received many thousands of bodies for over 1500 years, the most important cemetery of ancient Athens. The earliest tombs date from the Early Bronze Age (2700-2000 BCE). Athenians continued burying their dead there until approximately the 6th century CE (Current Era).
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Grappling with Tradition

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Death And Digital Legacy
May 17, 2011
Death rituals have evolved in cultures since man walked upright (and likely before.) So, in this digital world, with the Internet being a mere 25-years-old, and mainstream social media a scant 7-years-old, how are we as a digital culture adapting death rituals and traditions to this part of our new reality?
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There's Nothing Virtual About Death

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