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The Home Death Movement

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The Good Funeral Guide
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
I’ve been reading an interesting research report published last month in Australia. Its title: Bringing our Dying Home: Creating community at the end of life..... In the research reported here [the authors] found that people can and do care for their dying at home with the help of informal networks of community members. And they do it well.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:20 )

The Hardest Cases: When Children Die, Justice Can Be Elusive

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June 28, 2011

Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America

Forensic Pathology
Many of the nation's morgues are staffed by doctors who aren't board-certified in forensic pathology. To become certified, doctors need an extra year of training and must pass a day-long test. Earlier this year, an investigation by ProPublica, "Frontline" and NPR showed that more than 100 physicians without board certification were working at the country's busiest coroner and medical examiner offices.
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The Child Cases: Guilty Until Proven Innocent (NPR): Audio 7 min 48 sec

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 June 2011 09:52 )

Grave robbing suspect nabbed

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NBC News
June 27, 2011
A Florida woman is accused of stealing flowers and other mementos from graves.
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Their rest disturbed (The Tampa Tribune, June 25, 2011)

Shade it Black

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Death Reference Desk
June 25, 2011
Earlier this week, NPR ran an interview with Jess Goodell, author of the new memoir Shade it Black: Death and After in Iraq. The new book is Goodell’s account of her time as a Marine working in the Mortuary Affairs Unit in Iraq in 2004. Terry Gross interviewed Goodell in a segment entitled Death and After in Iraq: Memoir of a Mortuary, which you can listen to here.

The Mortuary Affairs Unit is the platoon tasked with recovering and processing the remains of fallen troops. Out in the field, Goodell and her unit would recover bodies and body parts and bring them back to base for further processing. Then they would prepare the remains for shipping back home. Back at base, Goodell’s job was to document identifying marks on the body like scars or tattoos, etc. The next step involved going through pockets of the dead soldiers to recover anything that could be given back to the family.
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Woman dies of heart attack caused by shock of waking up at her OWN funeral

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The Daily Mail
24 June 2011
A woman died from a heart attack caused by shock after waking up to discover she had been declared dead - and was being prepared for burial.
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