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Dating to 2014 and formally known as the Infant Cremation Commission this is a very interesting investigation of the practice of burying cremated baby remains in one Scottish crematorium.

Infanticide, and more specifically the murder of baby girls, is shrinking in at least one small part of India. A Rajasthani village chief has converted his grief over the death of a 16 year old daughter into a move for social change across his community.

Gruesome case of exhumation and reburial in Poland

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6039121/Grave-robber-dug-nine-bo...

 

 

Only 44 when he died leaving a young family behind him, Rob Gordon had his ashes scattered on Holcombe Hill in Bury, England.

The family scatter Rob's ashes and planted a fiery red bush to mark the spot. Now somebody has dug up and removed the bush!

 

 

Artists are flakey. They can be scoundrels.

But often they just see things clearly.

Marina Abramovic's clear-eyed views on death & funerals rang a bell with me.

Marina says “an artist should die consciously without fear” and that “the funeral is the artist’s last piece before leaving”. And I say we should all die consciously, without fear. 

Talking about death; planning for death; dealing with death.

These are some of the hardest challenges we face in life.

Our own familial relationships and cultures affect how we deal with this challenge.

Sometimes you need to look outside your own culture, see how they deal with issues, to learn more about your own culture.

Shallower burials allowed in Vermont, USA, in a bid to promote green burial. The minimum grave depth has been lowered so that bodies can be buried at 3.5ft to allow for more efficient decomposition.

 

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A recent Royal Cremation Ceremony in Bali shows that cremations can be just as much about status as burial. In European & North American graveyards the height of the gravestone often equates to the status of the person buried. In the Ubud Royal Cremation the height of the tower (bade) used to carry the body before cremation can be up to 27m tall!

Birth and death are two sides of the same coin. When a new baby is born the parents are on a high - I know I used to feel a natural euphoria for about 2 weeks after one of our children was born, and regardless of late night feeds etc there were months of wellbeing - of being fortunate, blessed. 

And then, the other side, when someone dies there is a similar effect - the raw loss, the dredging bereavement, the heaviness behind the eyes - that too lasts months and years.