Famous Mysterious Deaths in History

We have all heard strange stories of famous people mysteriously disappearing, or dying under suspicious circumstances. These stories, so incomplete or bizarre, often capture the imaginations of people, who create their own narratives to find meaning or comfort in the loss of a celebrity. And as time goes on, the stories themselves take on a life of their own, in some ...

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Best Books About Mothers & Grief

Books About Mothers & Grief

The relationship between a mother and child is unlike any other. It is one of unconditional love, guidance, and care. When we are young, we look to our mothers for everything. As we get older, the relationship shifts from one of caregiver to friend, and if we are lucky, confidant. Mother's Day, while intended to be a day for celebrating ...

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The Guide to Unconventional Burials

Unconventional Burials

When you think of a typical burial, one thing usually comes to mind: a classic coffin buried in the earth. These days, however, more and more unique and unconventional burial methods are becoming available! And when you look to the past, you'll quickly discover that the ways that human beings have buried the dead is far from monotonous. Different cultures ...

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The Architecture of Death

Architecture of Death

The ways human beings have memorialized the dead has always been a reflection of society's changes over time. Burying and commemorating the dead are practices that we have done for hundreds of years, and are thus characterized by constant evolution. Developing from the "grave fields" of prehistoric times, to religiously sanctioned and controlled graveyards, and again into the the diverse ...

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Best Books to Help You Deal With Grief

Whether it is a tale of fiction, a memoir, or an essay, books have the power to transform our minds and our lives. In our past article on the Best Books on Death and Dying, we examined some of the most important and insightful contemporary works on all things related to death and dying. Here, we will  do something similar, ...

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Military Funerals Around the World

  When one thinks about military funerals, you probably think immediately of decorative uniforms, folded flags, firing rifles, and sounding trumpets. But have you ever wondered how these iconic traditions came to be? Or how they may differ around the world? Military funerals are traditional, highly ritualized, and have a general air of formality, honour, and respect for the deceased. Here is ...

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How Can You Donate Your Body in the U.S.

There are many things we can do with our bodies after we die. We can bury them, cremate them, or send our ashes into space. But have you ever considered donating your body to science? In the United States, the options for body disposal are endless but more and more people are choosing to make the necessary arrangements to have ...

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How to Hold a Home Funeral

Before the 20th century, it was common for families and communities to take care of their own dead — both before and after a death. People often died while still at home, supported by friends, faith communities, or the local midwife (who often attended both births and deaths). Doctors were sometimes present, but largely served a supportive role for the family. A home-based approach ...

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The Darwin Awards: Everything You Need to Know

What Are The Darwin Awards? The Darwin Awards are a self-proclaimed "tongue-in-cheek honor," which began in the mid 1980's in Usenet newsgroup discussions online. Paying homage to the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, these "awards" recognize individuals who have contributed to human evolution by removing themselves from the human gene pool, either via death or sterilization by their own actions. The ...

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How Can You Donate Your Body in Canada

Have you ever wondered why people donate their bodies to science? Or considered donating your body yourself? In Canada, more and more people are choosing to make the necessary arrangements so that when they die, their bodies will be used to forward scientific progress. Not only are there a number of ways that you can donate your body, but it ...

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