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military funerals around the world

Military Funerals Around the World

When one thinks about military funerals, you probably think immediately of decorative uniforms, folded flags, firing rifles, and sounding trumpets. But have you ever wondered how these iconic traditions came to be? Or how they may differ around the world? Military funerals are traditional, highly ritualized, and have a general air of formality, honour, and respect

Donating My Body to Science in the United States

Donating My Body to Science in the United States

There are many things we can do with our bodies after we die. We can bury them, cremate them, or send our ashes into space. But what about donating your body to science in the United States? The options for body disposal are endless but more and more people are choosing to make the necessary

how to hold a home funeral

How to Hold a Home Funeral

Before the 20th century, it was common for families and communities to take care of their own dead — both before and after a death. People often died while still at home, supported by friends, faith communities, or the local midwife (who often attended both births and deaths). Doctors were sometimes present, but largely served a supportive role

#TalkDeath Canadian Funeral Law ReCap

Episode 6 of #Talkdeath featured two experts who are well versed in Canadian funerary practice, Nathan Romagnoli and Janet McCausland. Nathan is the owner of Eco Funerals and Janet is chair person for the Natural Burial Association. They spoke with Qeepr LIVE on September 27th and answered all your questions about Canadian funeral law, burial alternatives and your legal rights after you die. This was

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#TalkDeath 7: Historical Death and Future Death

We are excited to announce the 7th edition of our #TalkDeath series, Historical Death / Future Death.  We decided to dip into the academic world for this edition and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Professor John Troyer is Director of the Centre for Death and Society and lecturer at the University of Bath in

leonard cohen memorial

A Saint in a Suit: Remembering Leonard Cohen

Hi. My name is Jeremy and I am one of the main writers on this blog. In the past TalkDeath has published memorials dedicated to the lives of celebrities who have died. We choose the celebrities to memorialize by their impact on the world and the collective (un)consciousness of our society. Our very first blog

Guest Post: The Third Death or How to be Remembered

*This is a guest blog by Brant Huddleston. The views expressed in this guest blog do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Qeepr team.* The saddest words I ever heard were written by neuroscientist David Eagleman, who said: There are three deaths: the first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when

Physician Assisted Death disability

Physician Assisted Death: A Disability­ Centred Critique

*This is a guest blog by Claire English. The views expressed in this guest blog do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the TalkDeath team. This is the final part of a 3 part series on physician assisted death in Canada and abroad. Part 1 laid out the debate over Canada’s Bill C-41: Medical