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Why Jack Cooke left his body to science

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Toronto Star
June 11, 2011
On Thursday, the family who loved him and the medical students who studied human cadavers came together to remember Cooke and the 171 others who willed their bodies to medical science.

For the families gathered in the church at St. James’ Cemetery & Crematorium on Parliament St., the annual service marked the end of a year of grief.
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Certain death and taxis

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The Walton Tribune
Walton County GA
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

An important message delivered with humor.

When it’s toe tag time, I want a dumpster funeral. The cheapest, easiest, least aggravatin’ of all. Just toss me in. Leave my clothes on.

My dentist, the mischievous mouth-manglin’ Dr. Kenneth Grubbs, said he’d prefer someone with one of those Wild-West-style post hole diggers to prepare his grave. I had a chuckle at that one until the novocaine locked my jaw in permanent laugh mode. But while I love the sentiment, his motive was lost in our joshery and never fully explained. Mine was that I don’t want to cost my widow any extra money for the disposal of my worn-out old carcass.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:37 )

Mortuaries exploring recycling of implants

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Daily Breeze
Torrance CA
"We see more implants, and we'd like to see them recycled," said Vidal Herrera, the founder of 1-800-Autopsy. "There's no state law that says they have to be recycled."

It's a trend those in the mortuary business also see. The accessibility of shoulder, hip and knee replacements, as well as pacemakers and other implants has increased alongside the rise in the number of cremations.
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Avoiding the Impersonal Funeral

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Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services Blog
Las Vegas NV
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
One of the disappointing things I see in modern day funeral services is how much the care of the deceased is left to the funeral home, without any involvement from the family or community.

In the past, the care of the deceased was a family and community responsibility. It was considered an obligation, as well as an act of kindness, to care for someone who was not able to care for themselves. In many cultures, when a death takes place, members of the family and close friends would gently bathe the deceased and prepare him/her for burial or cremation.
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:18 )

Putting something back

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The Good Funeral Guide
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
What’s in a coffin?

Okay, a dead person. What I meant, as you perfectly well know, is what is important in the eyes of the people who choose them? There’s a huge range, now - it has multiplied over the last ten years - catering for a very wide range of needs and tastes. Does any other country offer such a range?

The cheapest could never have got any cheaper; even cardboard hasn’t managed to do that. Cardboard is a peculiarly British deathstyle understatement, especially when bought by someone who could afford much better.
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