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  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Broken Wand Ceremony for Magicians   4 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Harry Houdini’s grave, located in Queens, NY has the crest of the Society of American Magicians inscribed on it. Every November since he died, the Society holds a Broken Wand ceremony at his gravesite. When a magician has died and is a member of the Society of American Magicians, a special ceremony is held to [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: A Tombstone for a Car Lover   5 years, 5 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Steve Marsh died in his sleep at the age of 51 in 2009, and had the nickname BMW Steve because of his love of cars even though he was an engineer at the Ford Motor Company for many years. His family decided to honor his love of the car company by ordering him a very [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Hollow Log Coffin Memorial   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Ramingining Artists: The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987 A memorial of 200 hollow log coffins has been installed in the entrance of the National Gallery of Australia’s new building which opened in 2010. These hollow log coffins [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Oliver Cromwell’s Posthumous Execution   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntington, Cambridge on April 25, 1599. He died on Friday, September 3, 1658, the cause is presumed to be septicaemia. He was executed January 30, 1661. That’s right, he is one of only a few people who has been executed posthumously. Following his death he was buried in Henry VII’s [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Thomas Edison’s Last Breath   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Thomas Edison’s last breath is on display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. One of the greatest inventors of all time, Thomas Edison died October 18, 1931 in New Jersey. Born on February 11, 1847 he was 84 years old. A famed inventor, he held over 1,000 patents in his name and is [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Funeral Song Choices are Changing   5 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail According to a site that’s purpose is letting its users download songs for funerals, the public’s song interests aren’t what some might expect. TheBestSongs.net has announced, after compiling the data of downloaded songs from their site, people are more likely to download upbeat, happy songs for funerals rather than traditional somber songs. The editor of [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Dying Patient Leaves a Musical Legacy   5 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Sheri Swick loved her three kids and four grandkids. She wanted to leave something for them to remember her by. She was in palliative care in a hospital in London, Ontario when Jill Kennedy-Tufts, the hospital’s musical therapist, agreed to help Swick record a legacy. The hospital and Kennedy-Tufts have used this program to optimize [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Temple of Heaven   5 years, 12 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Temple of Heaven was built in China during the Ming Dynasty. It was designed to represent the relationship between heaven and earth, with a rounded design on higher ground for heaven, and a square design on the bottom for earth. It is over 29 million square feet in size. The temple is enclosed with [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: The Final Countdown   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Some people want to know when they are going to die to get the most out of life. Lucky for these people, the Death Clock is available all over the internet in various incarnations so that you can find out when you’re going to die. While some of these clocks might just ask for your [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Wear Your Memories   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Master Sgt. Sheila Couzins wore this POW/MIA bracelet in remembrance of Chief Master Sgt. Harold Mullins who was missing since June 1966. She returned the bracelet to Chief Mullins’ family after his remains were buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Jewelry can be very meaningful for those who are grieving, especially when the jewelry is a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Do Dolphins Grieve?   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, but do they understand death? There have been examples of dolphins showing a grief-like behaviour. One mother dolphin has been seen trying to get its dead, newborn calf to breathe by bringing it to the surface by pushing the calf with her nose. It’s [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Cemetery Welcomes Picnics, Cyclists, Even Concerts   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts has been in place in the city since even before the city built its first park. And the cemetery has taken a very different approach the atmosphere a place remember the dead. The 250 acre cemetery has some permanent art displays and features different artists, with many applicants trying [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Former Space Workers Map Faces not Planets   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail A new technology is coming to funeral homes as an option for consumers, and it’s made by NASA. Actually it’s made by former aerospace workers who have started a Florida company called LookLikes, but the team is mainly comprised of former NASA workers. They put their talents for mapping locations in space to mapping human [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Church of the Dead   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail La Chiesa dei Morti, also known as The Church of the Dead, is located in the city of Urbania, Italy. It’s a huge tourist attraction, and the draw is the dead bodies that have been on display there since 1833. The mummies are the result of a group called “The Brotherhood of Good Death”. The [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Dresden Historic Graves to be Searched   6 years ago · View

    Thumbnail In Dresden, Ontario, Canada the historic Uncle Tom’s Cabin site is about to be searched. Two historic cemeteries that belong to both the British American Institute and the Henson family call the historic site their home, and are the source of the search. These cemeteries are dotted with graves stones and markers, but the worry is [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Origin of the Grim Reaper   6 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Throughout history there have been different depictions of death, from the Valkyries of Norse mythology, to the god Thanatos of the Greeks, but one of the most pervasive icons in pop culture is the Grim Reaper. Depicted as a skeletal figure cloaked in black, flowing robes who hefts a scythe, this vision of death did [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: New Meaning for “A Pound of Flesh”   6 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail A new Swedish study says organ exchange is a good thing. Health authorities in Sweden have proposed a system where the donation of a person’s organs could help to pay for a person’s funeral. The research comes from Linköping in eastern Sweden, and recommends the provision of 30,000-45,000 kronor (roughly $4,800 USD) for funeral costs to [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Monks Sell Caskets   6 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Monks from St. Joseph Abbey in St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana filed a suit in August 2010 as a result of the actions of the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The board had blocked the monks from selling caskets with simple white cloth interiors for $1,500-$2,000 saying the abbey had neither a funeral [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses   6 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Near Siauliai, Lithuania, there is a piece of history that has been built and rebuilt through some of the toughest times in the country. The Hill of Crosses was thought to have originated as a memorial of those who died in the 1831 rebellion which began with a major uprising led by the Polish nobility [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: What is Burial Insurance?   6 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail Burial insurance, also known as funeral insurance, is a type of life insurance specifically designed to pay for any final expenses that come with dying. These types of plans usually cover around $8,000 to $10,000 with premiums ranging from $5 to $1,000 per month depending on the plan. With average funeral costs over $6,000, putting [...]

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