Kallie Berens @k-berens ?

active 5 years, 8 months ago
  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: They Paved Paradise   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Mary Ellis, who died in 1828, once rested in a pastoral setting along a river. Today, her grave is in the middle of a parking lot. There are many grave sites that are out of place today. Instead of moving them, some places simply choose to build around them and keep the grave and grave [...]

  • Thumbnail “When the Saints Go Marching In” is traditionally played while accompanying the casket or urn to to the cemetery during a jazz funeral. Arguably one of the most catchy and well-known pieces in gospel history, When The Saints Go Marching In is an example of a song that has penetrated many genres across the musical spectrum. [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: MemryStone – Giving More Meaning to Cremation   3 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail MemryStone lets you add a heartfelt message on ceramic that travels with your loved one through the entire cremation process. After cremation, the MemryStone becomes a tangible remembrance of the person. A funeral director in Massachusetts now offers a unique product to help survivors feel more connected and confident in the act of cremation. William [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: What Happens to Unclaimed Ashes?   3 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Funeral home go to great lengths to find families of the deceased whose cremated remains are unclaimed. Often remains are scattered or interred at local cemeteries in a dignified and caring way if remains are left unclaimed for more than five years. Funeral industry experts estimate that the remains of roughly one percent or up [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: World’s Largest Cemetery The Resting Place for Millions   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail An aerial view of Wadi Al-Salaam one of the oldest cemeteries in history and reportedly the largest in the world. Estimated at being over 1400 years old, Wadi Al-Salaam, meaning the Valley of Peace, is not only one of the oldest cemeteries in history, it is also reportedly the largest in the world. This Islamic [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Help for Pregnancy and Infant Loss   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Remembering our Babies gives parents help in coping with the grief of losing a stillborn child or infant. Stillbirths and miscarriages are one of the most painful experiences for families expecting a new child in their lives. Approximately 26,000 stillbirths occur in the United States every year – on average, 1 in 115 births. Governments [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Unsolvable 1926 Suicide Note – Crossword Edition   3 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The clues remain unsolved from this man’s crossword puzzle suicide note since 1926. The 1920s saw the boom of the crossword puzzle craze that enveloped the world in obsession. Clothing resembling the black and white patterns of the puzzles became wildly popular, and railroads in the United States provided dictionaries on their trains for commuters. [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: When The Saints Go Marching In – Origins of the Gospel Song   3 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail “When the Saints Go Marching In” was made popular by Louis Armstrong when he recorded the song in the 1930s. Arguably one of the most catchiest and well-known pieces in gospel history, “When The Saints Go Marching In” is an example of a song that has penetrated many genres across the musical spectrum. The song [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Tear Bottles   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail  “Tears are words the heart can’t express.” Collecting your tears in a small bottle and burying them with the dead is a tradition that dates back to the Roman era, although there is reference to it cited in the Bible. The custom reappeared in the Victorian era during the 19th century when elaborate bottles decorated [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Highest Cemetery in the World   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Although there’s no official listing for the highest cemetery in the world, there are many cemeteries that boast high elevation and some people may see a higher elevation as an advantage when picking out a proper cemetery. However, being too high up can be quite a disadvantage especially when it comes to Mount Everest. Even [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Hunt’s Tomb   5 years, 1 month ago · View

    Thumbnail In 2006 restoration work was undertaken and was completed in 2009 at a final cost of $76,000. Funding came from the George W.P. Hunt chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Phoenix Parks Department, and local businessman Gary Banker. Originally built for his wife, Hunt’s tomb is the final resting place of Governor [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Music Floats for Near Death Experiencers   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail According to a study conducted by Dr. Joel Funk, Psychology professor at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, close to fifty percent of people who have had a Near-Death Experience remember hearing music during their unique experience. Funk reports finding that most Near-Death Experiencers who hear music hear mostly “New age synthesized music”, that they [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Leaving a Digital Legacy   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Leaving your internet passwords in your will can help your family unlock your accounts that contain your personal items such as photos, videos and more. A survey conducted by a group at the University of London shows that growing number of people – one in ten surveyed, to be exact – are now leaving their [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Association of the Dead Fighting for the Living   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Uttar Pradesh Mritak Sangh, otherwise known as The Association of the Dead , is a group based in India that works to regain the rights of individuals who have been falsely declared legally dead. The region of Uttar Pradesh, a Northern province of India, is home to over 200 million people and is listed as India’s most [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Some FAQs on Funeral Services   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Is it appropriate to bring children to funerals? Children are able to react and partially understand death at a young age. It is appropriate to bring children, as long as they are reminded to be respectful of others around them. They should be given the option to attend the visitation or the funeral service. Is there [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: UK Sendoff Songs   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Everyone talks about that one song that they want played at their funeral. Sometimes a song comes on the radio that reminds you of a special memory or event in your life. You decide that since that song is a part of your life, you also want it to be a part of your death. [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Religious People Fight Against Death the Hardest: Study   5 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In another survey of 1006 members of the general public, 57.4% believed that God could heal a patient even if physicians had pronounced further medical efforts to be futile. A study conducted with 345 terminal cancer patients in the US followed their behavioural patterns up until death, and determined that religious patients who engaged in [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Inspiring Headstone for a Tough Character   5 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Charles Bronson is buried in the Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor, Vermont. Charles Bronson was an actor who was renowned for having a tough, bad guy image on screen. He starred in American films such as The Dirty Dozen , The Magnificent Seven and the popular Death Wish series. He died in 2003 at the age of 81 from [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Death of Beethoven   5 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Ludwig Van Beethoven’s death in 1827 is still a cause for speculation today. Some argue that Beethoven had died from lead poisoning due to a doctor’s careless dosage, and others make a case saying the cause of death could have been syphilis, liver failure resulting from alcoholism, or even hepatitis. Beethoven was one of the [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: A Sad History of Progress   5 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Burma Railway, also known as The Death Railway, is a 258 mile long stretch of track between Bangkok, Thailand and Yangon, Myanmar. It was built by Japan during World War II by prisoners of war and laborers under Japanese control. The railway became known as the Death Railway because of the incredible amount of [...]

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