L-Johnson @l-johnson ?

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  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Scared to Death   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Are you afraid to die? Sure, most people are afraid of dying, but those with thanatophobia are so paralyzed by the fear that it affects their lives every single day. There a few different reasons that may contribute to this phobia. Many people’s fear of death is tied into their religious beliefs, particularly if they are [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Last Chance to Be a Big Spender   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Even in these hard times, Peter Moloney, a funeral director, believes that people should have what they want. Although not all of his customers can fully express their wishes, Mr. Moloney and his brothers, who own six funeral homes together on Long Island, have worked hard to arrange customized send-offs. The touches are as varied [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Man’s Best Friend, Even After Death   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A statue of Bobby at the corner of Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge in Edinburgh. Over 150 years ago lies a heartwarming tale in Scotland’s history of a man named John Gray and his dog, Bobby. John, who was known as Auld Jock, was a night watchman for the Edinburgh City Police, and was [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Bibliotherapy: Helping Children Deal With Death   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The book provides a beautiful explanation of life and death, told through the stories of the characters who are leaves. When a child loses a loved one, even if it’s a pet, the child can have a difficult time understanding and accepting the loss. Just think about how hard it is for adults to come [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Living (And Dying) Off The Grid   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail If you’re the kind of person who spends your life looking for eco-friendly alternatives, why not continue doing so into your death? The Ecopod is a unique style of coffin that was created with respect for the environment in mind. It biodegrades over time when placed in the ground, and is suitable for cremation or traditional [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: A Wedding at a Funeral   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Asa Hill was 7 years old when he died. Although the boy was pulled out of a burning car alive in a horrific accident on the Niagara Thruway, his injuries proved critical, and he passed away the following night. The Buffalo, New York, community, shaken, turned out in large numbers at his funeral to support [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Mozambique Traditions of Mourning   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail For the Makua people of Mozambique, when somebody dies, it is the saddest time for not just the family but the entire community. They believe that God never created us just to kill us in the end but that death is an unnatural event caused by bad spirits. There is no death that is not [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Mourning Traditions in Israel   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail People place stones on the graves of deceased relatives at this old cemetery at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel. The religious beliefs of Israel tend to focus more on the here and now, rather than the concept of an afterlife. After a burial, the deceased’s friends and relatives return to a home called [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Benin Death Rituals   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The African republic of Benin, formerly known as Dahomey, create shrines to honor their ancestors. Their ancestors are considered to remain part of the community after death, and their loved ones will visit these shrines and bring offerings to nourish their souls. Before a deceased person is considered an ancestor, a sequence of rituals must [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Burundi Death Practices   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Burundi is one of the fifteen landlocked countries in Africa with a population of about 8 million people, and known as one of the poorest countries in the world. When a Burundian dies, the burial is performed – traditionally, this burial would be located close to the family home, but there are more instances of [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Haiti Death Practices   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The country of Haiti observes death with elaborate ceremony. When a loved one is dying, his or her family will gather to pray, cry, and use religious medallions or other spiritual artifacts. The oldest family member makes all the arrangements and notifications. The body is kept until the entire family can gather. Organ donation or [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Honduras Death Rituals   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail In Honduras, the dead are buried with a standard catholic mass and burial. A year and one day after someone’s death, they are honored by their loved ones with a large drum party, which harkens back to the African roots of most people in the country. This festivity is held at such a later date [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Hong Kong Funeral Traditions   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Funerals and burials are taken very seriously in Hong Kong; it’s believed that, if taken lightly, bad luck will follow. At the funeral, guests usually bring a small white envelope with some money for the host family to help ease their burden and express concern. The amount must be an odd number, usually $101 HKD [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Do The Limbo!   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Limbo, other than being a fun activity at a tropical-themed party, is an intermediate between Heaven and Hell where people go after dying. The concept arose in the Catholic Church to account for the dead who can’t be clearly assigned to either Heaven or Hell. The idea of Limbo is a controversial matter among Christians, [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Hungry Bear Enjoys Russian Bodies   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail After a scorching Russian summer in 2010, bears had grown so desperate for food that they started digging up cemeteries and eating corpses. Their usual diet of berries and vegetables has diminished and many bears have been forced to look for food elsewhere. Two women in the Russian village if Vezhnya Tchova witnessed a horrific [...]

  • L-Johnson wrote a new blog post: Rock-Cut Graves of Heysham   7 years, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The ruins of St Patrick‚Äôs Chapel, possibly dating back to 750 AD or a little later is just below the graves. On a cliff in Heysham, Lancashire, England stands the ruins of St. Patrick’s Chapel. The ruins date from the 8th or 9th century. Near the chapel are six graves cut into the sandstone, each [...]