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Popular Funeral Verses

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April 29, 2011
One of the more common parts of a memorial service is the reading of favorite Bible verses or poetry that you and your family choose. As far as funeral planning goes, this isn’t the most difficult decision you’ll make, and there is no "wrong" way to choose a funeral verse, but it is good to take some time choosing what will be read and who will be responsible for the reading. That’s because in addition to honoring the deceased, there can be great healing to be found in the wisdom of others.
Read the full article at iMortuary

Need a Kidney? A Skull? Just Bring Cash

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The New York Times
June 16, 2011
Books of The Times: The Red Market

Whereas black markets trade in illegal goods like guns and drugs, the "red market," the journalist Scott Carney says in his revealing if somewhat scattershot new book, trades in human flesh - in kidneys and other organs, in human corneas, blood, bones and eggs. Many of the real-life examples he cites in this chilling volume cannot help but remind the reader of a horror movie, or of Kazuo Ishiguro’s devastating dystopian novel "Never Let Me Go" (2005), in which we learn that a group of children are clones who have been raised to "donate" replacement body parts.
Read the full book review in The New York Times


Blood, Bones And Organs: The Gruesome 'Red Market' (NPR)

Dignity’s pre-need plans: I have seen the future, and it doesn’t work.

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The Good Funeral Guide
Friday, 17 June 2011
Yes, Dignity’s pre-need plans are beginning to look decidedly sub-prime, a bad bet on nobbut a bubble. Bad cess to them and may they rot, etc.
Read the full article in The Good Funeral Guide

The Art of Grief: living with a hole in your heart

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The Vancouver Sun
June 4, 2011
"It should bring closure to the family."

That cliché is often trotted out by television reporters; the ones trying to neatly wrap up a story about the agony of those grieving the death of a loved one, whether by catastrophe or homicide.

The desire for "closure" erupts out of journalists' need to tie together their tragic story with a thematic bow. However, the expressed yearning to solve the messy pain of loss appears also to be a cultural habit, especially in North America.

Many of us are ill at ease with death, grieving, mourning and sorrow. We often don't know what to do when people we care about are struggling openly with death and other losses, whether of jobs, homes or relationships. West Coasters are not like Middle Eastern women who wail when a family member is shot.
Read the full article in The Vancouver Sun

Thanks go to The Good Funeral Guide for altering us to this article.

Bill’s bones and other stories

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The Good Funeral Guide
Monday, 6 June 2011
You may have missed the comment below by Cynthia Beal on Bill Jordan’s piece about how he wants to be buried on the surface (when he dies) where he can be of most use.

Cynthia is formidably bright and enterprising, not to mention generous and kind. She lives in Oregon. At a time when greener than green burialists over there are vying with each other in matters of purity of vision and impeccability of practice, Cynthia’s focus is sustainability and choice for all. She’s got a very exciting project under way at the moment, and I hope I’ll soon be able to tell you about it - or that Cynthia will tell us in her own words.
Read the full article in The Good Funeral Guide


Absolute rotter

Sustainable Cemetery Management

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