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For the Eternal Environmentalists...

Want to reduce your carbon footprint forever? New Zealand artist Greg Holdsworth has just the product for you: the "green" coffin. Made of biodegradable non-toxic materials, Holdsworth's coffins are environmentally safe alternatives to traditional caskets which are sometimes made of rare, expensive wood, or even PVC plastic. He's called the...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 21, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Funerals , Science  | Tags: carbon footprint, coffin, eco-friendly, environment, environmentalist, funeral, green  
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Muslim rituals of death

"I hadn't planned to wash the corpse. But sometimes you just get caught up in the moment." So begins a gripping and intimate account, in this weekend's Post magazine, of the Muslim way of preparing a relative's body for burial. "There is no embalming, no makeup, no Sunday finery for...

By Emma Brown  |  March 19, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Funerals  
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The Personalized Goodbye

What kind of sendoff do you want, when the time comes? It's something I'd not thought about much until I started writing obituaries for the Post in January. Now I talk daily with people who have just said goodbye to someone they loved, and it's clear that there are as...

By Emma Brown  |  March 16, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Funerals  
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