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Obit Magazine
June 20, 2011
Life is an everyday occurrence, until one day it's not.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 20 June 2011 21:34 )

The American way of (denying) death

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Financial Times
June 17 2011
Here in the US, efforts to reform end-of-life care quickly lead to concerns about "pulling the plug on grandma." Dying is inevitable. Doctors are not divine; we cannot cure everyone. But the US healthcare system - which emphasises heroic interventions using advanced technologies - sometimes leads physicians to believe that death is a failure.
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Thanks to The Family Plot Blog for altering us to this article.

Archaeologists Unscramble Ancient Graffiti In Israel

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Weekend Edition Sunday (NPR)
June 19, 2011
Listening To The Dead

It's in the Cave of Coffins that Stern points to two inscriptions in ancient Greek. They are tiny and clustered near niches once holding oil lamps.

One says, "Take courage, Holy Parents of Pharcitae, udes adonitas - no one is immortal." Stern explains that the dead who are being brought into the catacombs shouldn't feel that they are weak just because they've passed on.

She reads aloud the other inscription: "Good luck on your resurrection."
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 June 2011 20:07 )

What is a Living Trust?

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Monday, May 9, 2011
Although much of the information you’ll find online regarding funeral planning has to do with funeral pre-plans and the kind of funeral insurance that allows you to tie your money into a specific funeral home, there are actually many different types of financial and legal steps you can take to secure your estate.

One such option in funeral planning is a living trust. Like a will, a living trust allows you to allocate your money and resources to your dependents.
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Living Trust Scams and the Senior Consumer (Texas Young Lawyers Assoc. 2002)

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 June 2011 13:10 )

The Black Death and the Flea

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May 24, 2011
Although we might be giants in a bug’s world, their impact on us is not always small. In fact, an insect’s interactions with us can sometimes result in permanent consequences on not only a human’s health, but on their life as well. And once in a great millennium, the devastation is not felt by just one individual, but by entire populations.
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