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It’s your funeral: Choosing Burial Practices

Mar 25, 2011

“I’m not dead yet.” Aside from being a famous quote from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this idea speaks to the conundrum many people encounter as they choose their funeral today. There are many funeral choices: you can be buried in an environmentally friendly way, frozen in time, burnt into ashes, or embalmed. These choices reflect the social and cultural environment of the times: in what other era could you find a “green burial” of a wealthy patron? Keith Eggener studies the history of the American cemetery, and discusses the interaction between the dead and living as we think about our last resting place.

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