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  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Lizzie Borden’s Bed and Breakfast   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her father forty whacks, When she saw what she had done, She gave her mother forty one. This common skipping rope rhyme draws its roots from a crime with a trial that drew massive media attention. On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally murdered with a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: 12-year-old Girl Makes Ultimate Sacrifice   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Mumpy Sarkar was  just a twelve-year-old girl from eastern India who wanted to help her father and brother. She killed herself in an attempt to donate her own organs to them, but was cremated before her suicide note with her wishes detailed was found.  Her note was found the day after her cremation. Her family couldn’t [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: David Livingstone’s Burial   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail David Livingstone is famous for the life he lived, but his burial was no boring affair either. Born March 19, 1813, Livingstone was not born into high standing and so had to work in a cotton mill as a young boy. Yet through night school and hard work, he eventually made his way through medical [...]

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

    Thumbnail Motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon, and so the use of roadside memorials is on the rise to remember those who have died. But these memorial crosses haven’t always been used to remember where people died, or how they died. The crosses take their origins from Hispanic culture of southwestern North America, where the roadside [...]

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

    Thumbnail The people of Greece are mostly Christian, with many following the Greek Orthodox tradition in particular. In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the funeral is usually held within two to three days and sometimes up to a week but may not be scheduled on Sunday or Holy Saturday. The body may be embalmed, but cremation is [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Cancer Patient Becomes World-Wide Inspiration   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail With only four blog posts, Alice Pyne has managed to gain over 11,000 followers on her blogspot page. Her twitter has over 10,000 followers, and she only started blog on June 6, 2011. Pyne is a 15 year-old girl who has been fighting cancer for four years, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like she’ll beat [...]

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

    Thumbnail An abnormal and persistent fear of being buried alive is called taphophobia which comes from the Greek word taphos which means grave. In modern countries it is very difficult to be buried alive, but still possible. This used to be a much more common occurrence. In the first century, a magician named Simon Magus buried [...]

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

    Thumbnail In Senegal, when a person has died, there is a sense of immediacy that takes over. The body must be buried within 6 hours of death. Although, if it is considered to late in the day, it can be postponed until the next day. Arrangements for the funeral are done by family members or respected [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Arlington Ladies Honor Military   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Arlington Ladies are women who have either served in the military or are former and current spouses of men who have served in the army. They volunteer their time to honor soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery . The women take time to honor those soldiers who are buried without anyone present to mourn them. They [...]

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

    Thumbnail Pagan funerals are, for the most part, not singularly definable. The beliefs from one pagan to another can differ greatly, with a few exceptions, most believe that they will be reincarnated and that there is a goddess. The elements of air, earth, fire and water are also usually big players in this religion. This means [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Vietnam War Vet Fought for Gay Rights   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Leonard Matlovich was a member of the Air Force since 1960, and in 1975 he openly announced his sexuality. He was discharged shortly afterwards. The decorated Vietnam war veteran then sued the US air force for reinstatement. He was the first openly gay man in the military who fought a discharge based on his sexuality. [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Sore loser after 1,800 years   7 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A tombstone tells a story, but some do it better than others. An 1,800 year-old tombstone of a Roman gladiator has been deciphered by a professor at Brock University in St. Catherines, Canada. Michael Carter, who studies gladiator contests and other such spectacles in the eastern part of the Roman Empire has seen and studied [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Funeral Processions are Dying   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Funeral processions are a time-honored tradition, and as a show of respect, other motorists pull over and stop on the sides of roads to honor the dead. A procession doesn’t need to obey traffic laws and can run red lights. They always have a police escort. Sorry, that’s a description of several years ago. Now it [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Spare Parts? Look no Further!   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The cremation rate keeps rising and so does the number of people who have metal implants and prosthetics. The funeral industry has started looking at this as a way of going green. The idea of recycling prosthetics has been around for several years, however the funeral industry is only now starting to change on a [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Sheared Shrek Sheep Sleeps   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The name Shrek will probably evoke the image of an animated ogre and donkey due to the hit Hollywood franchise. But New Zealand isn’t mourning an ogre. This famous sheep had to be put down on June 6 due age-related illness. The marino became a sensation in his home country by hiding in caves at [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Soldiers Memorialized by Underground Carvings   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A historic battle for the Canadian armed forces, Vimy Ridge was a landmark battle in the first World War. Many soldiers gave their life for their country in this fight. Many memorials for those who fought in wars have been erected over the years, most by citizens who value the sacrifice those men and women [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Belarus funeral action invites police action   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail On October 30, 2007, Siarhei Kavalenka took part in a civil funeral procession outside Vitsebsk. The action was devoted to the victims of Stalin’s repressions in the 1930s-1950s and was attended by over 30 members of their families. The memorial action took place at the execution and burial spots of repressed people, in several villages. [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Chicago Honors Ideas   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In Chicago, a group of creative professionals put on a series of funerals in the month of May, 2011. One funeral for each Sunday in the month. The event was called Five Funerals. Wondering how these creative people were able to plan five funerals over a month ahead of time? They weren’t for people. These [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Monroe County Bans Protests   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Monroe County has made protests at funerals subject to misdemeanor charges, after a June 14, 2011 vote in the legislature. They’ve made a buffer zone of 1,000 feet, which is around the size of three football fields, where people are not allowed to protest. This buffer also includes a time frame of one hour before, [...]

  • J-Touchette wrote a new blog post: Hats off to Isabella   7 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Isabella Blow was a fashion icon and known for her extravagant hats. She died on May 6, 2007 at the age of 48. She was close friends with many key figures in the fashion world including Philip Treacy, Alexander McQueen, Sheikh Majed, Ronnie Newhouse and Nadja Swarovski. She lived a life of extremes. She bought [...]

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