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Manchester 'Death Café' opens to discuss mortality - over tea and cake

Manchester 'Death Café' opens to discuss mortality - over tea and cake | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
This 'relaxed' concept cafe started in London and has popped up in 32 countries
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"We're all going to die, and all of us will experience loss and grief at some point," say the organisers. "Death is often seen as a taboo - but it shouldn't be.
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News Detail · Latest News · Humanities in Public · Manchester Metropolitan University

News Detail · Latest News · Humanities in Public · Manchester Metropolitan University | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it

'Humanities in Public' is the research showcase of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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ESRC Research Seminar: Dead Body Politics, Materialities and Mobilities

 Professor Craig Young continues his ESRC Research Seminar Series on contemporary encounters with corpses.

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A grave business: The rise of alternative funerals - BBC News

A grave business: The rise of alternative funerals - BBC News | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
A growing number of people are asking for alternative funerals when they pass away, leading to a new type of funeral director businesses, reports Suzanne Bearne.
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A new movement of modern burials is beginning, such as Eco-Funerals and Poetic Endings. Both these funeral businesses prioritise the deceased and aim to fulfill their wishes. Louise de Winter of Poetic Endings was inspired to make the change when her granddad was buried: "It was traditional, dry, everything about it was stuffy".

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Woman Holds Court at Own Funeral with Glass of Beer

Woman Holds Court at Own Funeral with Glass of Beer | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
With a glass of Busch beer, a menthol cigarette and a New Orleans Saints themed manicure, Miriam Burbank attended one last party – her funeral.
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The way we remember the dead is ever-changing. The positioning of the dead in their favourite places for their funeral is somewhat endearing, and also unnerving. The large amount of respect given to the dead body is an example of its power and agency. But what happens when the funeral is over?

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Artist Plans To Crush His Father’s Skull And 3D Print Replica of His Own Skull With The Dust

Artist Plans To Crush His Father’s Skull And 3D Print Replica of His Own Skull With The Dust | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
British artist Lee Wagstaff had a “difficult” time relating to his father. His distant relationship with his dad has led him to the point where he plans to

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Lee Wagstaff uses bodily materials frequently for his artwork, saying they are "simply art materials like ink, paint, or plaster". He suggests that it is only in the contemporary world that we might see this as a problem.

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Artist Plans To Crush His Father’s Skull, And 3D Print Replica of His Own Skull With The Dust http://3dprint.com/29332/artist-plans-to-crush-his-fathers-skull-and-3d-print-dust/

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Did the body explode? Corpse's leaking fluids pit woman against State Farm - Sun-Sentinel

Did the body explode? Corpse's leaking fluids pit woman against State Farm - Sun-Sentinel | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
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Did the body explode? Corpse's leaking fluids pit woman against State Farm
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A state appeal court ruled that State Farm didn't have to be there for Judy Rodrigo after her neighbor died and leaked bodily fluids into her condo.
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Urban natural burial sites could ease cemetery overcrowding | News & Events | Manchester Metropolitan University

Urban natural burial sites could ease cemetery overcrowding | News & Events | Manchester Metropolitan University | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
Urban natural burial sites could ease cemetery overcrowding
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Encountering Corpses.

Encountering Corpses. | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
Museums, in order to achieve accredited status, must adhere to correct standards and policies. Alongside this it is essential to address the ethics of dealing with certain collections items. Collec...
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Skeletons rattle dark secrets about London Black Death - Tech Times

Skeletons rattle dark secrets about London Black Death - Tech Times | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
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Skeletons rattle dark secrets about London Black Death
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A team of forensic scientists and archeologists studied a group of 25 skeletons found in London.
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GeneratioN

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“ St Benedictus, Muri, Switzerland, 1681.
Photo by Paul Koudounaris
” (Fotografia: e-phemero: St Benedictus, Muri, Switzerland, 1681.
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Indian Restaurant Lets You Dine Next to Dead Bodies | Devour The ...

Indian Restaurant Lets You Dine Next to Dead Bodies | Devour The ... | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
You know what's been sorely missing in the restaurant industry? Rotting corpses! There is not a single joyous event that would not be made, uh, more joyous by being constantly reminded of your own impending death.
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Cemetery creates first lesbian-only burial area - The Local

Cemetery creates first lesbian-only burial area - The Local | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
Germany's first burial area for lesbians will open on Sunday in Berlin. One of the founders told The Local that the leafy resting spot is for homosexual women t
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'Richly dressed skeletons' on show

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Photos of "richly dressed" skeletons which once graced religious buildings across Europe go on show in a Greater Manchester church.
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China: Our Cemeteries Are Full. Mind Burying Your Loved Ones Standing Up?

China: Our Cemeteries Are Full. Mind Burying Your Loved Ones Standing Up? | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it

China: Our Cemeteries Are Full. Mind Burying Your Loved Ones Standing Up? « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas

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With cemeteries becoming full, is grave re-use, or non-traditional burial practices the right answer?

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Tattoos, Diseases, and Skin Pickings: A Museum Explores the Importance of Skin | VICE | United Kingdom

The exhibit includes wax models of grotesque skin diseases, strips of preserved tattooed skin, and an entire jar of skin pickings.
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Stiff Competition: The World's Most Creative Funeral Home

Stiff Competition: The World's Most Creative Funeral Home | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
After yet another elaborate event a small Puerto Rican funeral home maintains their title as the go-to parlor for wonderful wakes
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Is the positioning of dead bodies for their funeral another form of dark tourism? It could be argued that this is a way of capitalising on the dead body.

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QR Memories | QR Memories

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This company offers friends and family of the deceased a new way to remember their loved ones: with a QR code linking to a webpage about the deceased. "A scan tells much more than just an inscription"

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As cremations rise, cemeteries rethink land use - Cincinnati.com

As cremations rise, cemeteries rethink land use - Cincinnati.com | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
Small, large operators eyeing development potential as baby boomers drive changes.
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Paying tribute to our beloved pets

Paying tribute to our beloved pets | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
A visit to the Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park, a Napa Valley pet cemetery where thousands of animal companions have been laid to rest (How we remember our pets says a lot about us as humans, as @LeeCowanCBS learns at a Calif.
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Living with the Dead: Communities that live among corpses and tombs

Living with the Dead: Communities that live among corpses and tombs | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
Attitudes toward corpses and death in twentieth-century Western society range from morbid fascination to forbidden subject.   So it’s unusual when the news reports stories about people who are foun...
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Union Cemetery seeking artistic photographs for contest - KERO-TV 23

Union Cemetery seeking artistic photographs for contest - KERO-TV 23 | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
KERO-TV 23 Union Cemetery seeking artistic photographs for contest KERO-TV 23 The contest, entitled "Forever In Focus," features three categories: Historic Graves, focusing primarily on the many unique monuments and personalities within the Pioneer...
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Random Thoughts from the life of a Random Thinker: Some thoughts on Encountering Corpses

Random Thoughts from the life of a Random Thinker: Some thoughts on Encountering Corpses | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
RT @salfordrev: My thoughts on our current art exhibition at Sacred Trinity: http://t.co/iTqqlLQrli
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Police: Man Spent Days With Corpses in Nevada Home - ABC News

Police: Man Spent Days With Corpses in Nevada Home - ABC News | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
Chron.com Police: Man Spent Days With Corpses in Nevada Home ABC News Darius Davon Sorrells lived for at least several days with the two corpses at the two-story stucco home before he was arrested early Saturday after a chance run-in with police...
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Knut to be skinned, plasticized by 'Dr Death' - The Local

Knut to be skinned, plasticized by 'Dr Death' - The Local | Encountering Corpses | Scoop.it
The skinless body of Berlin's beloved polar bear Knut will be plasticized and put on display by the notorious German anatomist Gunther von Hagens known as “Dr
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