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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.



Gizmodo - Six Feet Over: The Future of Skyscraper Cemeteries

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An architecture student in Norway has proposed skyscraper burial as a possible solution to the problem of the country's shrinking burial space. This is not a totally new idea, as this Gizmodo article illustrates. Other cultures have been practicing vertical burial throughout history. 

Norwegians, along with many other Europeans, have been recycling their graves for some time, to conserve space. But the practice of wrapping bodies in plastic, introduced in the first part of the 20th century, has prevented bodies from completely decomposing in time for the next generation of corpse burial, leading to the current space limitations.

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Pacific Standard: The Oddly Reassuring Quality of Surrealistic Art

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Pondering death can help you appreciate strange art, according to the European Journal of Social Psychology. Research led by Verena Graupmann of DePaul University suggests that those reflecting on their own mortality may find increased meaning in the works of surreal artists. Read more at Pacific Standard - PSMAG.COM


Alabama senator to propose bill authorizing state oversight of cemeteries

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Leak at Cullman Memory Gardens mausoleum (Frank Couch/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .(Frank Couch | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Recent neglect and vandalism of mausoleum spaces in Alabama left families disturbed and with nowhere to turn. Alabama cemeteries are currently unregulated by the state. State senator Paul Bussman intends to propose a bill that would change that. Read more at - Alabama Local.


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