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  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Tunisian Funeral Customs   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The country of Tunisia has roughly a 98% Muslim population, with the remaining population split between Christian and Jewish tradition. Most Muslim funerals are standard according to certain rituals and rites they follow in their religion. However, in Tunisia, that is changing. Tunisia’s wealthier inhabitants are making their funerals more lavish. From the time the [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Funeral Customs of the Chewa in Malawi   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Close to 80% of the people in Malawi are Christians, with the next most popular religion being Muslim while approximately 3% of people believe in traditional beliefs. Malawi is comprised of many different people, one of which is called Chewa. Within the Chewa in traditional villages, there is a secret society named the Gule Wamkulu, [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Portuguese Funerals   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In Portugal, the dominant religion is Roman Catholic with a history that reaches back as far as the 12th century. Around 97% of residents claim to be practicing Roman Catholics. And so, while the Catholic church has all but completely standardized funeral ceremonies for their faithful, having even banned some songs, the Portuguese still find [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Legislation would allow Pets and Humans at Same Crematorium   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The state of Nevada currently has a bill awaiting approval from the full Assembly and the governor’s signature that has raised some hairs. The bill will allow human crematories to also cremate animals, which used to be the purview of only certified pet cemeteries. It will also allow for pet cemeteries to operate with a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: We all Scream for Ice Cream   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Harry Ewell brought joy to the children of any neighborhood he drove through. With music playing to herald his coming, Ewell knew kids were already begging their parents for money to visit him. Ewell was an ice cream vendor, with a true to form ice cream truck. He had been in the profession for a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Ash Fight!   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A traditional surfer sendoff is heavily influenced by Hawaiian traditions. The ceremony involves fellow surfer friends and family doing what is called a paddle out. A paddle out has surfers go to the deceased’s favorite shore, swimming out and sitting in a circle on their surfboards. The mourners then go around the circle remembering the [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Preston Tisch gets a Ritzy Sendoff   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Preston Robert Tisch died in his New York City home on November 15, 2005, he was 79 years old. A wealthy business man, he was listed as number 56 of the 400 richest Americans in the year of his death. He was Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation and Chairman & Co-CEO [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Punch Buggy, No more Punch Backs   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The image that appears in the public’s eye when a funeral car is mentioned is a classic Cadillac hearse. Before the hearse, it was a horse drawn carriage. In other cultures it’s something else entirely. In the UK, a unique option is available for funeral cars, namely, a Volkswagen fleet of vans, buses, and beetles. [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Float On   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Urns are becoming far more popular as remains receptacles as cremation rates continue to grow. With this demand a larger selection of specialized urns has become available, including various biodegradable water burial urns. These are designed to float out on the water as the family looks on and sink slowly afterwards, to help give the [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Scientific White Light   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The light at the end of the tunnel, science or myth? An experience that came under great debate in the 1970s is still a hotly discussed issue as people pit science against faith during the discussion of the near death experience. In particular, the sensation of euphoria, accompanied by a white light sometimes in a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Death by Caffeine   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In a generation so obsessed with being healthy while consuming some of the worst things we can for our body, warning labels adorn many of the more popular products. Energy drinks even try to down-play their danger by claiming to be made with some fruit juice as well, but people still say they’ll kill, but [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Man-O-War – A Race to the End   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Man O’ War was more than just a racing horse to the people in the United States. On November 1, 1947 his heart stopped. He raced from 1919 to 1920, and won 20 of 21 starts, he set five American records, seven track records, and equaled an eighth. He was considered the Babe Ruth of [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Chimp Funeral   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A female chimpanzee named Dorothy died of congestive heart failure on September 23, 2008. She was in her late 40s. Dorothy’s death is unique because the former amusement park chimp was mourned by her fellow chimps in a very human fashion. She was staying at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center where she served as a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Funeral Etymology   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), was the first English writer to use the word ‘funeral’. Funerals are a common event in modern times, and have been throughout history but how did the word come about? The word ‘funeral’ first appeared in writing in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale around 1386. In the story, rife with love, strife and ethical [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Novodevichy Cemetery   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The third most popular tourist attraction in Moscow, the Novodevichy Cemetery is a place of great historical significance. Built right next to the famous Novodevichy Convent, the cemetery was once home solely to Moscow’s feudal rulers and church officials. But walking in its park like ambiance near the chapels that dot its landscape today, a more diverse [...]