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Family sues SCI and Hospital over "lost" body

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A family from British Columbia is suing Service Corporation International and St. Paul's hospital after, the family alleges, the hospital released their deceased family member's body without permission to an SCI-owned funeral business. Jim Haliburton and Jackie Haliburton say that when their mother, Holly Haliburton, died at St. Paul's on February 7, 2013, an overly aggressive employee at First Memorial Funeral Services picked up Holly's body without permission after the family merely inquired about cremation pricing. The hospital, claim the Haliburton's  broke its own rules by releasing the body without proper signatures and authorizations. 

Jim Haliburton provided a legal statement of facts, which can be downloaded and read by clicking the "attachment" link at the bottom of this article. The Haliburton family has a blog detailing their case at

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The World: Cheaper Chinese caskets get a chilly reception in the US market

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Our own executive director, Joshua Slocum, shares his theories on the criticisms some funeral directors have, of Chinese made caskets, in this interview with "The World". The interview is found here on, in partnership with BBC.

"We all go back to the earth. I don't care whether you're cremated, whether you're buried in a sealed American casket or a non-sealed casket, there's no funeral product on earth that will make you any less dead." 



Alkaline Hydrolysis Bill Clears House Committee in Indiana

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A bill that would legalize alkaline hydrolysis is a step closer to becoming law, having cleared a house committee in Indiana.

Although the Catholic Church has not taken an official position on the issue, Indiana Catholic Conference executive director, Glenn Tebbe, remains a critic of the bill, insisting that flushing human remains down the sewer is "disrespectful and offensive".

Two things are worth remembering:

  • "My personal beliefs say this is offensive" is not a valid reason to restrict the choices of other people under state law. If it were, we'd have to outlaw cremation, body burial, and cadaver donation. Some portion of the American public finds all of these "offensive."
  • One wonders if the Indiana Catholic Conference finds the "traditional" method of embalming more "respectful." Millions of Americans, including Catholics, have their abdomens suctioned and the contents poured down the drain every year along with a healthy dose of formaldehyde. 



Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2015 13:18 )

NYTimes: My Own Life: Oliver Sacks On Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

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"When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate - the genetic and neural fate - of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death." 

- Neurology professor and author, Oliver Sacks

This story found in the New York Times.



Opinionator Blogs NYTimes: My Mother Is Not A Bird

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This is a touching story of a daughter witnessing her mother's death from cancer.



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