Kallie Berens @k-berens ?

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  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Texas Drought Reveals Graveyard of Slaves   6 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail With the warmest summer on record in many years, many reservoirs in Texas are drying up. The dried-up banks of river beds sometimes reveal some very interesting things – including full graveyards. Just south of Dallas, Texas lies Tarrant County’s water source. Archaeologists are scattered along the length of the reservoir, finding many surprising things, [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Widow Burning   6 years, 9 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A practice that took place in India starting around 4 BC, known as “Sati” or widow burning was carried out when a woman’s husband had died. The original meaning of Sati is “faithful wife” in Sanskrit. The wife would voluntarily, or involuntarily set fire to themselves in the pyre where her husband was being cremated. [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Forest Lawn Cemetery of the Stars   6 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Inside the Great Mausoleum is the Court of Honor where individuals are inducted as “Immortals” by Forest Lawn’s Council of Regents. The mausoleum is protected by guards and is not accessible by the public. The Forest Lawn Memorial Park is located in Glendale, California and it famously known as the final resting place of many [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Pop Icon Still Popular in Death   6 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Warhol held his first major exhibition in 1971 which included the painting of his famous cans of Campbell’s Soup, which he claimed to have had for lunch for most of his life. Warhol’s fans, to this day, continue to leave soup cans on his grave. Andy Warhol was considered the father of pop art and [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Lover of the Russian Queen   6 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Rasputin, otherwise lovingly known as the “Mad Monk”, was a close confidante and influential advisor to the Romanovs of the Russian empire. He was especially close with Alexandra and their only son Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia. Alexandra felt vulnerable due to Alexei’s very delicate condition, so she turned to the faith healer for [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Mourning Photography   6 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In post-mortem photographs the subject was usually depicted so as to seem in a peaceful sleep, or else arranged to appear more lifelike like the Victorian-era daughter shown in the photo above. Having a professional photographer take pictures of the deceased was a regular practice that came with the growing popularity and the affordability of [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Day The Music Died   6 years, 10 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In 1988, Ken Paquette, a Wisconsin fan of the 1950s era, erected a stainless steel monument depicting a steel guitar and a set of three records bearing the names of each of the three performers at the crash site. Many people may think of the song American Pie by Don Maclean when they think about the [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Stephen Garrett on the Lighter Side of Life and Death   6 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Stephen Garrett is no stranger to death. After the passing of his sister, Stephen has experienced and explored many facets of grief. However, Stephen’s view on death is not a negative one – in fact, he believes that death should be the opposite, an event that can be embedded with inspiration and positive communication. Now [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Troubled Singer Amy Winehouse Passes Away on Saturday   6 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The unexpected death of English soul singer Amy Winehouse deeply impacted many fans around the world. Winehouse was honored by fans and fellow celebrities across twitter, Facebook and tumblr. Over 57 thousand comments (with the number rapidly climbing) containing memorial wishes were posted on a single photo of Winehouse on her official Facebook fan page. [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Devil’s Tower, New Jersey   6 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Devil’s Tower is located in the small town of Alpine, New Jersey. An eerie public monument surrounded by a roundabout which leads to a wealthy subdivision, the tower has a very interesting back story. The tower was built by a businessman named Manuel Rionda in the early 1900s. The tower was originally a gift [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Hollywood’s Near Death Experiences   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Near-death experiences are tricks of the mind triggered by an overload of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, a new study suggests. There are many famous people in Hollywood who have had near death experiences. Most of them describe a white light, some of them hear a voice saying something along the lines of “it’s not [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: The Chauchilla Tombs   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail About 30 kilometers south of the town of Nasca in Peru, the cemetery of Chauchilla is an eerie sight. The cemetery, discovered in the 1920s, had been used for a period of anywhere between 600 and 700 years, despite it last being used in the 9th century. These underground tombs were composed of mud bricks [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Fethiye Tomb in the Mountain Side   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail The town of Fethiye is located in Southwestern Turkey on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. There is a large mountain at the base of the village, and in that mountain you will find a tomb that can easily be accessed. This impressive rock tomb, otherwise known as the Tomb of Amyntas, was built in [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Going sky high   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail The mayor of a small town in Pennsylvania was always known for his daredevil actions, yet no one was prepared for his accidental death in late March 2011. C. Scott Shields, the town of Rutledge Borough’s mayor since 2006, died in a freak skydiving accident. His main chute was not deployed, and although a reserve [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Sigmund Freud   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis in neurology. His theories included a critical investigation of the unconscious mind, sexual drives as the main driven force in human life and dreams as hidden desires. One of Freud’s most controversial theories dealt with a “life drive” and a “death drive”, the idea that every person has two [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Les Paul   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail  Les Paul is known around the world for his guitar playing, as an entertainer and for inventing the solid-body electric guitar. In August 2009, Paul died at the age of 94 due to pneumonia, and he was buried near Milwaukee in Wisconsin at the Prairie Home Cemetery. The burial itself was very small and private, [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Australian Funeral Traditions   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Australia is running out of room. This cemetery in Sydney is full but new burial techniques and green funeral options may lessen the load. Australia’s funerary customs are very similar to North American ones, they also follow the trend of baby boomers and are moving towards nontraditional funerals, except one of Australia’s largest concerns deals [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Funeral Traditions in Cambodia   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Roughly 96% of Cambodians practice Therevada Buddhism, which gives an idea about how Cambodians celebrate their funerals. Most Buddhists do not think of death as the end of a life, but as the end of a life cycle. When a person dies, the body is taken care of by the immediate family. They are responsible [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Funeral Traditions in the Netherlands   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail Funerals in the Netherlands are a part of a serious code of etiquette that most Dutch people value highly in their daily life. Funerals are generally considered invitation only, and the invitation will most likely only entitle you to take part in one specific part of the funeral process. The funeral process takes place over [...]

  • K-Berens wrote a new blog post: Syrian Funeral Practices   7 years ago · View

    Thumbnail In a country that is primarily Muslim, the people of Syria’s mourning practices have a few country-specific details that distinguish their grieving style from the Islamic religion. The body is prepared with linen or satin cloth. Before the final bind of cloth, the mghassel, or the person who cleansed the body, asks if the deceased has [...]

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